"It's better to lose with your own vision than to win with someone else's."Johan Cruyff
Yes, it’s the beginning of a new year and if you have kids, family, and/or friends the last thing you probably want to think about is more gifts, however during this time when self-reflection is at its highest I want to give you a moment to think about yourself.... strange concept for most of us (but remember my job as a coach is to fuel introspection and accountability). So, let’s explore my title's question "What Did You Gift Yourself", was there anything you selected for yourself whether tangible or intangible, if not, have you consider why that is? Was it a lack of resources, planning, or is the idea of giving to yourself such a strange idea that even on the #1 holiday for such an occasion you still did not make the priority list?
Now, I don’t expect you to have splurged on a new expensive gadget, or fashions when certainly the electric/cellphone/cable bills remain due on the same day but I am asking you to consider where you rank in your own life. If you are reading this and actually had a gift for yourself kudos but if not I want to challenge you that it’s not too late. What I will suggest is not a resolution by any means nor does it follow the mantra of "new year, new you" but it will take a conscious effort. Are you ready? May I suggest to you that the best gift you can give yourself 365 days a year is the gift of being PRESENT, showing up by discovering and making goals, following through with them and making your needs a priority, staying in the moment as you can't change the past and you can't predict the future Being present is not easy and may force you to say "no" to others, or spend some time alone to hear that inner-voice but trust me neither of those things are bad ideas.
You will never be fully available for others if you never take the time to show up for yourself. So for 2017 I want to salute you, the best gift of all!! Here's to a safe, healthy & prosperous New Year.