It started out as an end of year review. My completion ritual (you can read more about that here).
I like finding the time to look back and celebrate the year that has been. Take stock of the positives – what I’ve done, what I’ve learnt, how I’ve grown – rather than just focus on what ‘next’ I want for the New Year.
This time round, I used a format suggested by Unstuck (which you can find here) and enjoyed thinking about what my achievements had been (personally & professionally), how I had grown and what I had enjoyed most over the year.
What surprised me here was how many physical things were on my ‘most enjoyed’ list: Lake swimming in Finland, my pole climbing escapades in Sonoma, yoga classes that made me cry… I hadn’t realised how alive doing that kind of stuff really made me feel.
A good friend then suggested that we build on the reflection – and create our plans for 2018, based on appreciation for the positives of 2017… So creating a bridge between what has been, and what is yet to come…
For anyone who wants to do the same thing, the questions that got added in, to look forwards, are:
- Who did I become in 2017, to achieve, learn & enjoy so much?
- Specifically, how would I like to deepen this learning and forward this action in 2018?
- Who will I need to become this year to do that?
Well, my bridge very clearly stems from ‘challenges’.
Last year I really challenged myself – to step outside of my comfort zone (and not just physically) – to see how I could grow. I made myself act braver (& then found out that by acting braver, I became braver).
I took one step. And then the next step. And by the end of the year I found myself somewhere quite different to where I had expected – in lots of ways.
I can run 10k (slowly, and with little style, but…).
I do write (and people do respond).
I have a (small and perfectly formed) roster of coaching clients and I LOVE coaching.
I allowed myself to go on big adventures, not knowing quite what they would bring. I made myself uncomfortable and I kept on trying new things, in new places, with new people – all of which has had a huge impact on how I head forwards.
And so how do I want to deepen this learning and move the action forward this new year?
I want to do more. Try more. Challenge myself more.
I want to move my body more. And more often. In new and different ways. (Hawaii / Paddleboarding here I come…)
I want to keep ‘in action’. Do / move / fail / recover / repeat.
Who will I need to become this year to do that?
Me. Just braver. More passionate. More vulnerable. More willing to try and fail.
The Golden Gate Bridge
And the best part for me? The bridge at the top of this post, the Golden Gate Bridge, will get to be a powerful reminder, at least twice more, of the choices I’m making and the actions I’m taking as I head back out to Sonoma for the next half of my Leadership studies.
I’m not sure its possible to drive over this bridge without smiling and feeling inspired – as to all that is around us, and all that is waiting for us on the other side.
Here’s to a great 2018. Where is your bridge going to take you?