New Year – New Hopes – New Vision

Dec 31, 2021

I blogged recently about a process of evaluating the period that is ending—considering what has happened, both good and bad. Now poised at the cusp of a new year—or entering a new chapter after the occurrence of a significant event—it’s time to shift focus from the past to the future.

Depending on why you are facing a new chapter in your life, this can be a scary and challenging time. In the midst of that circumstance, I encourage you to notice the opportunity that lies before you. The possibilities can be endless when starting with a blank slate.

Envision Your Own Future

As you look ahead, I encourage you to create a vision for yourself about what would make this next chapter in your life (or upcoming year) fulfilling.

As you look ahead, I encourage you to create a vision for yourself about what would make this next chapter in your life (or upcoming year) fulfilling.

For many, fulfillment relies at least in part on your ability to be who you want to be, instead of the person others want you to be. This calls you to think about your own identity. How do you want to be able to describe yourself, and how do you want to be seen by others? This can translate to various levels—your personal identity, your professional identity, your relationship to others (friends or family members or as a person who is a part of an organization), or your identify as it relates to culture, whether defined by race, gender, age, religion, sexual preference, or otherwise. Being a person comfortable in your own skin is a giant first step, and it may involve change.

Another part of your new vision may involve thinking about purpose. I feel that those who live with purpose are the ones who are already on a path to fulfillment. What do you want to accomplish, whether it is in your career, in the work you may do as a volunteer, or as a member of your family?

Embrace the chance to see yourself as you truly are and make the shift to become the person you want to be. Acknowledge that you can envision a future in which you have established a purpose for yourself and an identity that will contribute to a fulfilling life ahead.

Best wishes to all for a brighter 2022!