Looking Back and Still Moving Forward

” The ability to choose a new thought, create a new vision, or go after your dream lies within you. Every day brings new opportunities to create anew as long as you decide to put the drama of the past behind you. Take stock of your year and move forward in good faith that you can do anything you set your mind to.” Sandy Thibault

This seems to be a confusing idea that we can look backward and still be moving forward. All too often when we look back, we do it with blame and judgment against ourselves for things we could have or should have done differently. If we see the same patterns repeating, we might lose hope that we can make a change for the better. Recognize this as a cycle of negativity that keeps you stuck and unable to move forward. I think it is important to look back, but what if we embraced this reflection as a learning experience? We can learn from our past and build on our strengths. I call this building on your successes.

This last Sunday I was listening to the commentary after the football game. The commentary centered around the team being able to string together a series of positive plays, that resulted in a win. That not only works in football but also in life. We can make small positive steps consistently as we build skills and habits that push us toward what we want to achieve.

No matter what sport it is, they watch videos of previous games to understand what needs to be done differently. Doing this kind of inquiry for ourselves helps us to grow and learn about ourselves. It is not only helpful but important to look to our past and be able to let go of what we no longer need to carry, embrace our successes, and decide what steps we want to take as we move forward into this New Year.

The first thing to consider is gratitude. What good things happened this last year? What were your biggest learnings? What was your proudest moment? What possibilities came your way, and did you take advantage of them? When and where were you brave, kind, and/or courageous? What are you grateful for?

Your inquiry can continue with reflecting on things you would like to change. What ended or needs to end? What was your biggest regret or disappointment? What is out of balance? Where do you need to set boundaries? What do you need to forgive yourself for? What value or belief is no longer serving you?

The final part of the reflection involves putting the information you have learned into action. What are you committed to changing this year? What will pique my curiosity? What small steps will I take this year? Do I need to ask for help to move forward?

If you want to make something different in your life, you first need to be able to recognize the areas that cause friction and be willing to look at it and see it as a problem. Doing this kind of inquiry will help you begin to create a positive thought pattern that makes it easier to create a new vision for yourself. It’s your life and I know you have the ability to make it extraordinary.

Once per month I offer a free Zoom meeting called Coffee Conversations. There is some teaching of the topic and then it is open to discuss and ask questions. If you are curious about personal growth I encourage to to attend. Registration is required. See information below.

Refocus for 2023 – Pause – Reflect – Refocus

Join me for my next Coffee & Conversation on Wednesday, January 25th at 11:00 A.M. (CST) This is offered thru Zoom.

As always this is No-Fee offering but you must register by following the link.

Sandy Thibault, Life Coach is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Coffee & Conversations: A New YearTime: Jan 25, 2023 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Sandy Thibault, Life Coach is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Coffee & Conversations: A New YearTime: Jan 25, 2023 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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