*You can use any prior and current year. I used here 2015 and 2016 as an example.
(Check back soon for my personal 2015 year in review!)
We are now in the year 2016. We are embarking on new journeys and new discoveries. 2015 is now in the past. Some of us choose not to look back at it because the year brought devastation into our lives. But somehow if the year brought good tidings we don’t mind looking back at the memories. In my opinion, whether our 2015 was good or bad or in between, we must always look to our past to help us build what we want for our future. Our future was 2016 when we were in 2015, so technically speaking our future is NOW! What is your 2015 in review like? What would you like for your 2016 year? Do this for yourself today:
- Draw a vertical line in the middle of a piece of paper. On the left write 2015. On the right write 2016.
- Underneath 2015, write down the experiences that you remember most that year – it can be both negative and positive experiences.
- Write down a one word emotion that you have now (not when it happened) next to each experience in 2015.
- Then, underneath 2016, write down the experiences you want to have, and if possible, also write down the emotion that you want to have with each experience.
- Evaluate what you wrote down. Do you see any similarities or differences? Was there anything that could have helped you and if so, did you ask for that help? What in 2015 will help you achieve what you want in 2016? What changes can be made? You may come up with other questions for yourself.
Sometimes writing what happened in 2015 will help you understand how you deal with challenges and your own emotions towards those challenging experiences. Writing down what you want for yourself in 2016 will help you focus (or possibly refocus) on the top priorities you want for that year. The power of writing thoughts down is incredible! Just try it! You might be thinking it and say “you got this”, but often times I see it with clients of mine that say they get a better “view” of themselves and can compartmentalize their behaviors and emotions, where the emotions can be the catalyst to their behavior.
The above is a type of an Experiential Therapy that helps people identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through experiences, in particular, a writing assignment on emotions and personal experiences.
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