futureby Maria C. Ramos Ed.D.

The truth is we are in the third quarter of the year! Now is probably a good time to check-in with yourself about 2016. Especially, before this summer is totally gone and the fourth quarter push including holidays begins. How is 2016 going for you? How do you want to finish out the year?

Pause for a few minutes

First jump off the treadmill of life and clear your mind. Before you pull out the 2016 resolutions, vision board or goals list, give yourself a few minutes to just be in the moment. Sit in a quiet place, set a timer for 15 minutes, relax your body, when thoughts or images come to mind let them pass saying to yourself “just a thought”, focus and refocus on your breath until the timer sounds.

Reflect on the year-to-date

Reflect on your experiences: How has this year gone for you so far? Consider the highlights of the year to date, relationships nurtured, fun and adventure had, objectives achieved and personal growth. Muse about the big or small unanticipated pleasures and graces that have been bestowed upon you this year. Appreciate the ways in which you took care of others and yourself as life and society threw some hurtful punches.

Forgive yourself

You might not be able to avoid looking over the past months without regretting; what you did not get done, plans left untouched or visions blurred by the pace of life’s routines or good intentions unrealized and habits unchanged. Some say “yesterday is a cancelled check” you can’t spend that time again, so don’t worry about what did not happen. Yet letting go is hard to do. When disappointments pop-up simply forgive yourself and others in order to move on, repeat as needed.

Claim your future

At summers end there are still four months left in 2016. How do you want to finish out the year? There is some debate over how long it takes to create a new habit, but 120 days should be a good start! Sometimes it only takes a phone call or a lunch date to repair or start a new relationship. A new skill or an underused talent can be developed with some focused effort in four months.

The Opportunity: Go for it! That change that makes your life sweeter!

  • Create an objective (one line).
  • Identify the obstacles and how to overcome them.
  • Garner support as needed.
  • Block time on your calendar.
  • Do it!

“ The future is sending back good wishes and waiting with open arms”     Kobi Yamada