Peaks & Valleys

It’s that time of year when we focus our energies on what went well in 2013 what went wrong, what we want to change and what we need to continue doing the same.

And rightfully so, considering it’s a brand new year. A fresh white slate, ready to be colored in with new accomplishments, experiences and memories.

Today, take note of your peak and your valley from 2013. In other words, think of the high point and the low point from the previous year. You can only choose one of each.  By choosing just one of each, you are able to focus on just one positive and one negative from the year. Something you can continue to succeed at and something you should avoid or improve upon in the upcoming year.

Simple, right? Well unfortunately, choosing only one usually makes you think of all the bad things that happened last year so you can choose the worst one. BUT, it also makes you put a value on those ‘bad’ things, which helps you give all but one enough importance to be your valley. In contrast, you also must go through all the great things that happened last year. Just thinking of all the good things will lift your spirits…and you may find yourself experiencing the delicious dilemma of having trouble picking one best thing from that list.

It may sound like a strange practice, but naming the peak and valley of your entire year shows you what you have to be thankful for and what didn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. You may also learn something about yourself based on what kind of peak and valley you have. Were they emotional? Material? Did they include others or just you?

Whichever way you slice it and dice it, you’ll learn something from doing this. So go ahead, choose a peak and choose a valley…then reflect….and move into this amazing new year with a fresh slate for yourself, ready for what may come and certain that some pretty great things will happen. You just have to speak them into existence and believe in the magic you create.

So until next time great, make magic and cheers to a new year!