Everyone asks if we’re ready for Christmas. Few ask if we’re ready for the New Year. New Year’s Eve is quite pedestrian; we will amble through it and enter 2014 before we know it.
To welcome the New Year, my wife and I joined long-time family friends for an evening of playing games. For someone who needs to develop his capacity to play more, this was a perfect way for me to prepare for 2014!
As we cross this liminal space between 2013 and 2014, let’s use this as an opportunity to glance both backwards to 2013 and forward to 2014. I invite you to join me: give yourself 10 minutes today to ask yourselves these few questions:
- What went well in 2013? (Consider both personal and professional accomplishments or experiences). Go ahead and list everything you can think of.
- What one regret do you want to leave behind in 2013?
- What one thing will you choose to do differently in 2014?
- Who might you invite to accompany you into this New Thing you’ll do in 2014?
The degree to which we are grateful colors how we experience life. Have fun with this gratitude assessment (1)—and here’s to a wonderful 2014!