Oftentimes I feel people get so caught up in the whole ‘new year, new me’ concept that it’s almost as if they view the clock striking midnight on January 1 as a magic pill that will somehow wipe away everything that went wrong for them the year before.
I too, have been guilty of this and am not here to judge anyone because of it. However, instead of simply allowing myself to become consumed by the idea of a new me, I focus more on putting in the actual work to become a better me. I’ve learned that a very important part of this process is taking the time to really sit back and assess what worked for me and what didn’t work in the previous year, which also includes owning up to any mistakes that may have been made along the way.
Last night, as I reflected on some of the wrong decisions I made last year, all I could think was,
Hindsight is definitely 20/20.
Looking back and being honest with myself, there are more than a few things I wish I had done differently but that time has passed and the lessons I’ve learned since have been invaluable.
Now that I’ve acknowledged and addressed the past however, I feel like I can truly move forward in this new year. So in the midst of the laundry lists of resolutions floating around, I would encourage others not to overlook this key ingredient. Don’t just look at the beginning of a new year as a clean slate without first addressing why the slate wasn’t so clean to begin with.
Stay tuned as I share a few of my learning experiences in the posts to come!