A natural review

Written by Easter Becker-Smith. Posted in Uncategorized

Published on January 04, 2012 with No Comments

There are only a few days left of this year. As with every year, there are those who are calling it a good one, and those who are calling it a bad one. This year I am hearing more people say, “Thank goodness this year is over. I am hoping for a better 2012.”

Many people endured losses this past year. Thousands lost their jobs through downsizing. Many business lost revenue, profits, and some went down in a sea of debt closing their doors forever. Countless people lost loved ones and are grieving.

The truth is some years are better than others, just as some days are better than others. I recently heard the Tampa Rays baseball manager, Joe Maddon say “I have never had a bad day. I have only had bad moments.” He clearly chooses how he will react to circumstances and situations that drop in unannounced, uninvited and unwanted. He lives each day knowing that unpleasant things happen, but he decides to not let anything take control of his life and happiness.

That is not to say that feeling bad or sad is wrong or not good. What is important is to be able to keep the bad in life in perspective and balance with the good. Maybe this year was not the best year you have ever had.

Maybe you would count it as one of your Top 5 worst. However, when you stop to review every month and each day that you can recall, you will begin to remember the good times too. There were fun and special moments you enjoyed, even if there were many painful moments for you.

We all know life is precious and so is our time. Do we really want to throw away an entire year as a bad year? Every day of living gives each of us an opportunity to learn, grow and become a better person. So when you think of this past year instead of judging it as having been “good” or “bad,” and then filing away in forgotten corner of your mind, ask yourself the following questions:

  • ·               What was good about the year?
  • ·               What was disappointing?
  • ·               What did I learn about myself?
  • ·               How will I take what I learned to move forward?

You can reflect on these questions regarding your personal life and then apply them your career also. These thought provoking questions are excellent for businesses to use to begin a review of their past fiscal year.

Once you have given some real thought and introspection into the past year, you have a much better starting point to begin thinking about what you want to achieve this coming year. Setting goals for 2012 is a great way to begin the New Year.

I wish you all a year full of life balance, happiness and success. Happy New Year!

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About Easter Becker-Smith

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Easter Becker-Smith provides coaching for individuals, groups and corporate teams.  She coaches individuals to help them discover their own path to balance and fulfillment in their lives.  She brings her years of experience in business as a highly regarded leader to help companies improve their productivity and efficiency by learning how to better communicate with each other.  Visit her website at www.coacheaster.com.

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