We are closing in on the end of another year. Yet again the year seems to be one big blur. With 2017 looming around the corner, I decided to reflect upon the past year and what I’ve learned. I encourage you to do the same. It allows you to pause and note any changes, progress, setbacks, and lessons you’ve experienced thus far.
While reflecting on what took place in the past year, we may find ourselves only focusing on what we want to change. To change takes a lot of energy and motivation. While change can be helpful in creating new or healthier habits, it is also beneficial to go further and recognize our strengths.
Identifying and growing our strengths improves our overall, daily performance in life. To identify your strengths, you must look at not only those things you excel at but also the things that give you energy. When you find time to focus on things you do well and enjoy you may just find yourself with more energy to do those tasks that zap your energy.
So when thinking about those New Year’s resolutions, think about how you might focus on building your strengths in this new year.
Sara Kuehler, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor