It must be the end of the year where you feel more reflective over life.
I must admit that this year has been quite a ride.
Sure – we are not out of the woods yet – it’s just mid December.
I personally do my best to reflect every day and at the end/beginning of each week.
try to write down things I am grateful for (and trust me – if you look – no matter how bleak the circumstances – there will be things that we usually take for granted) along with priorities I have and goals that I have set for myself.
Every week – I run an audit on what worked well, what didn’t, what can be improved, and what I want to achieve for the week ahead.
Sounds very fine and dandy.
The only thing I seem to neglect is that this model is too achievement driven.
Is there such a thing as that?
I think there is.
For the longest time – I have been swaying between two extremes of the achievement complex (Social Darwinism) and spiritualism (altruism).
It all stems from who we regard to as heroes in our lives and where our priority lies in what we want to achieve. Especially for Social Darwinism – for the longest time – I have been festering the notion of being and staying Alpha. Sure, it helped for a bit – but somehow deep inside I felt it was wrong.
Are these people whom I would consider role models for the future?
To a certain extent it’s also bad influence from the wrong crowd and media.
These outside influences color your perception of what “should be” right or wrong.
And if you don’t stay mindful – you find that it takes over how you respond to life and ultimately clouds your judgement.
So – what’s the solution?
Quite simply it’s the fundamentals:
- Are you getting enough sleep each day?
- Are you getting enough water?
- Are you getting enough of fresh air and exercise?
- Are you fueling yourself well enough (good nutrition)?
- Are you giving your best in whatever you do?
- Are you in alignment with yourself – what you feel (deep down inside – not what everyone says you should feel) – think – and act?
- Are you being mindful of yourself and the world at large? (i.e. Are you making a difference in the world at large or are you just making a difference in your own life?)
Let me be the first to admit – I struggle with all 7 and it’s a different goal that slips out each week.
I found your outward stance to the world is deeply rooted with your inner being.
And it all starts with being brutally honest with yourself.
Honesty brings about clarity.
Clarity is vital to bring you peace – when you are clear about yourself, who you are and what your mission is in life – it helps bring life to a more stable equilibrium.
So I am making it a point to also include these 7 items into my weekly and daily checklist to ensure that I am at least reminded of the fundamentals.
Here’s wishing to end the year strong and begin next year stronger…