“This year I learned about heartbreak and who wasn’t my friends.”
“Here’s looking to a better 2016.”
These were just a few of the comments that hovered on my social media feeds this morning. Friends, acquaintances seemed content to shut the door on 2015 and open the next one.
I have to admit, January 1 is one of my favorite days of the year. It is the lazy day when people transition from the hectic holiday hustle to starting a new chapter in their book of life. It is the period and pause before jumping into the next paragraph.
I believe our thoughts impact our perspective. Leaving 2015 with negative thoughts don’t leave them behind when the ball drops. It actually upgrades their seats for the next year. You are, in fact, packing them in your bags as you walk out the door and into 2016.
This year, I am making an effort to shine the light on the best of my year and end 2016 on a high note with a win jar.
Every time I have a “win,” big or small, I am going to write it down on a piece of paper and put it into a jar. This could be anything that I would consider a win . . . a small step of accomplishment. There will be days where a win may be that I got up and took a shower. Or that I stopped to enjoy the sunrise. Or taking a walk.
The aim here is that on Dec. 31st, rather than focusing on the negative events that have occurred over the past 365 days, I will have a jar full of positivity. A jar full of my milestones, accomplishments and moments of gratitude. I will end the year on a powerful note rather than starting the new year off with a feeling with a feeling of “not good enough” and silly resolutions.
The hidden benefit to creating a win jar is that you start to look for the “wins” everywhere. Instead of seeing what is wrong, lacking or not enough, your mind starts to focus on what is going right or what you have done or even the things you are grateful for in life.You look forward to the slip of paper you can add to the collection.
When you start seeing the rainbows, the rain doesn’t take center stage.
Pack positivity into your bag as you head into the new year. Start a win jar today.