As we come to the end of the year and approaching Christmas, ZOE SLATER, Counsellor and CEO of Freedom Choice Academy invites you to evaluate your year and acknowledge achievements made. Zoe delves into the Four C’s of Christmas and how they can help you make the most of 2019.
Do you ask yourself where has the year has gone?
Are you desperately trying to catch up on things or with people before the year’s out just to eliminate the looming guilt?
Many people feel they haven’t achieved enough before Christmas and feel disappointed in themselves.
For this reason I want to help you bring this Big Year to a graceful close, in order to eliminate the guilt and acknowledge what you have achieved.
Introducing the Four C’s of Christmas
As the year races to completion, are you conscious of the uncompleted tasks that you have promised yourself or others, to be completed before the end of the year?
Well, it’s not too late.
You can complete the incomplete and have closure on outstanding commitments. You just have to commit to doing it and make a start.
Here are a few tips to help you…
- Create a list of what you have achieved. Note which achievements matter and why.
- Create a list of what’s yet to be achieved. From this list highlight and prioritise ‘what or who’ really matters to you and must be attended to, before the close of Christmas. It must lift your heart. Do not waste your time doing the unsatisfying and unfulfilling things.
- Place what is remaining on a list for next year and let them go until then.
Human connection is one of the most undervalued aspects of a healthy life. It’s the people in our lives that make it enjoyable, fun and exciting.
Have you lost connection with those friends, family and past work colleagues that bring joy to your life?
If so, then now is the time to reconnect.
Here are a few questions to help you…
- Who do you need to connect or reconnect with?
- Who really matters to you at this time of year and why do they matter to you?
- Who do you need to call, chat, or be with?
- Be aware of what you bring to these connections whether it’s comfort, conversation, laughter, or love.
- Schedule time to be with them now, and follow through.
Celebrations during Christmas are a reminder to celebrate life with those who matter most to you. It allows the gathering of hearts and minds and invites you to bring the joy from your heart into the space you share with others, to laugh, sing, dance and be merry.
Celebrations shift you from the gap of what was and what will be, into the NOW, it causes you to be present to what is and who you’re with.
They are a necessary transition of life, celebrating and sharing helps close off the year for everyone and can also help you:
- To share and acknowledge how the ups and downs of life have strengthened one another’s character.
- To share achievements made, both yours and others.
Have you noticed that Christmas season seems to awaken the idea of hope and good will in the community.
- Will you be kinder to people and yourself?
- Will you be patient as you shop and drive?
- Will you be courteous amongst crowds of people?
- Will you be polite as you ask for help and not demand help?
- Will you be compassionate and not judge someone’s behaviour or attitude because you don’t know if Christmas has unravelled their old memories or hidden emotions.
- Will you bring the joy from your heart into the space you share with others, to laugh, sing, dance and be merry?
Will YOU attend to the deliverables, promises and connections that matter most, and that echo the ‘quality of your character’.
MAKE A PACT TO ACT – Practising the art of the Four C’s of Christmas will bring joy and money success. I assure you, your life will start heading in the right direction.
Keep those questions coming..
Zoe is the director of Zoe Slater Counselling and CEO Freedom Choice Academy. She studied at The Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney Campus and completed her Diploma of Counselling and Communication at the Brisbane Campus. Zoe is an Associate Member with the Queensland Counsellors Association Inc and a member with Australian Counsellors Association.