Essential Sports Nutrition

1/2/18

Your 2017 in Review & 2018 Looking Ahead




The end of the year signifies the turn of a page in yet another chapter of your life story. There could not be a better time than right now to take the time to reflect on the last 365 days. Whether you choose to reflect on your life through the lens of being an athlete or as a leader, parent, friend, employer or because you want change in your career or personal life, reflection fosters self-awareness and change may help you achieve greatness in 2018.

Take some time to reflect on 2017 as you answer the following questions: 
  1. What events/moments went on your highlight reel?
    Your brain will most likely remember more of the negatives than the positives. Acknowledge what went well, the goals that you achieved and the events/experiences that made you feel good.  
     
  2. Acknowledge your biggest fans and supporters 
    Considering all that you have been through over the past year, who played an important role in your life? Express gratitude to those who made a difference in your life. 
     
  3. How did you grow this past year? 
    You are on a never-ending quest of self-improvement - always working toward a better version of yourself. Personal growth is the foundation of spiritual, emotion, physical and intellectual health and is an important component in success and happiness. 
     
  4. What's not working? 
    Without judgement or self-criticism, take an honest look back to recognize what needs to change in your life. Be true with yourself to reveal what's no longer working so that you can live a more meaningful, happy and successful life. 
     
  5. Theme/name of last year: 
    2017 was the year of ___________. 
Now that you reflected on last year, let's look ahead to 2018. 
  1. What kind of person do you want to be? 
    You carry a lot of titles in your life - athlete, friend, parent, spouse, employee, boss. To be a better person, get specific on how you will do a better job of "showing up" for your roles in life. 
     
  2. What are your goals? 
    What are your goals, possibilities, intentions? Write down all of your thoughts and make sure they are specific and realistic. Next, how will you stay committed? Make sure you have a good action plan. 
     
  3. What's your mantra/motto for 2018? 
    This is powerful. If you want something in life, you must attach the positive actions and intentions that will help you succeed. It's too easy to find the negative in life, especially when life isn't going as planned. If you are stuck choosing a mantra for yourself, consider what you need or want out of life in 2018. Words that may come to mind may include: Love, brave, hope, endurance, strength, resilience, present, calm, peace, guidance, happiness, empowerment, kindness, health, joy, freedom, flexibility, commitment, respect, encouragement, confidence, faith, wisdom, clarity, knowledge.