New Year, New Opportunities

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Happy New Year!

Each year I try to identify a single word that is my focus for the year. Last year was “Finish,” this year is “Risk.” I’m generally a risk averse person, even though many of my friends would not say that about me. For me, taking risks means that I have to face the potential of looking like an idiot. I hate that feeling, and thus I have created some elaborate ways to not feel that way. Today, I’m thankful to say that I’ve begun taking some risks that might lead me to looking like an idiot who doesn’t know what they are doing.

A couple of these risks I’m taking are: I will be expanding my professional practice to include more teaching, training, and mentoring of younger therapists. I have also been invited to speak for a national marriage organization at their various events around the country. While both of these opportunities are exciting, I’m generally pretty anxious about them.

New opportunities make us face things about ourselves that we’d rather not deal with. Said another way, change can bring out the immature parts of us. I will be combating my procrastination, tendency to get sidetracked, and not finishing what I started. All of these places of resistance in me have been there for much of my life, so I’m very familiar with them. Unfortunately, my coping mechanisms are very familiar as well.

As you begin your 2016, consider these questions as helpful starting points to get you in pursuit of new opportunities. Though these are aimed at your professional year, I imagine there will be some overlap with your personal life as well.
– What did I regret doing/not doing last year?
– Where there opportunities or ideas that I did not pursue? If so, list those below.
– Where do I want to grow in 2016?
– What measurable steps can I take to realize that growth?
– When I look back at 2016 a year from now, what do I want to remember?

If you aim for nothing, you will hit it every time. Take a couple of hours this week to look back over 2015, and begin dreaming for what you want to accomplish in 2016.

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