Well, Christmas Day has passed and Boxing Day is here. For those that are celebrating Christmas this year, I hope your day was filled full of love and festive cheer. Boxing day is a typical day to recover, sit by the fire or for those readers downunder hit the beach and just relax.
The days after Christmas is a perfect opportunity, if you have not taken it already, to reflect on what has been and what you want for yourself, family, community and the world we live in. In fact, some of you may have noticed that we are coming to the end of a decade. Ten years of the 21st century has gone already.
At this time I would like to challenge you to think long term and envision the outcome of your next 10 years. Take some time to step back from everything and reflect. It is New Year’s eve 2029, what will your life and all its contexts look like, feel like, and sound like? Step into your body at that time and imagine it fully, then begin to write it down as if you already have it.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
Once that is clear, having started with the end in mind, back it down 3 years at a time.
1. How will your life be New Years Eve 2026? Reflect, imagine, write it down as if you have it already.
2. Then again for 2023 and lastly for 2020 in a years time. Now you have created a road map for your life.
3. Your job is to keep your attention on the road and on a weekly basis visualise and feel how it will be when you get to the destination.
As I mentioned last week it is a great opportunity to start again, to make a hard reset and reaffirm your direction and convictions that will take you there. Some people come up with excuses that they don’t have the time to do an exercise like this. If you don’t make the time, how can you take the time.
Time is a matter of priortisation. What is more important for your happiness, mental health and life right now than leading yourself into a bright compelling future?
May the wind be always at your back and the sun shine warm upon your face in 2020!
Timothy J. Carroll