According to the Chinese Horoscope, year 2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat. The rat is the first sign of the twelve animal cycle of the Chinese Astrology. With this in consideration, the year is looked at to bring new beginnings, new opportunities and renewal.
As you take a moment to look back on 2019, first take a second and remember where you were, at this moment, last year. A day before the new year, anticipating what was to come, how you were going to conquer your challenges and what your goals were. Feel that drive for the new year, or those running shoes from the old one. Where you excited to continue strong, or were you excited to start a fresh new year, away from the previous one?
Now look at today, look at the day before next year. Are you wanting to wipe away 2019, start a new slate and make all new goals. Or are you going to look back at the year, what happened that caused you stress, upset or anger, and what you could have done differently to be in a different position that you are right now. Are your feelings different than last year? Are they better or are they worse?
Take a moment to understand, you may not have completed everything you had set out to do, and see why that may have happened. Sometimes our goals just shift a little and our interests change. Do you think it was for better, or do you think you took the easy way and backed out?
Once you have accepted 2019 for all the good, bad and miserable, then you can transition to move into 2020.
We all are too familiar with those end of the year posts saying “is 2019 over yet?” or “That was a tough one”. And yes you may have had unexpected loses or things out of your ability happen, and I am truly sorry for those. But you need to dive deep down and look at how you feel, inside and out. Are you happy? Are you feeling like your life is going up?
When thinking about next year, don’t just make the easy usual goals of, eat healthy, workout and be active. Look at your daily routine now and slowly make small minor adjustments, daily, weekly or monthly. This will be easier to keep a forward motion and to turn them into habits. Schedule 2 days a month where you check in with yourself, see how your doing.
I can’t say enough about how meditation has helped me get to where I am now. Even on days where my brain doesn’t seem to want to shut off, while I’m sitting there, I’m forcing myself to focus on me and only me. How has my energy been, my emotions, how has my back been feeling, or my vertigo?
Look at the end of 2019, as it is only the warm up to your 2020.
You can conquer anything you put your mind to. Stay focused, take ownership, be humble and don’t forget to push yourself. And make today count.