The new year is a time of such excitement of what the next 12 months will hold for you, your business, and therapy practice. It's also a time to look back and review your accomplishments and learning moments of the past year. What went well? What did you wish went differently? What do you want to set your sites on for professional growth for the new year?
I am SUCH a huge believer in being intentional in your practice of how you want to show up for your clients, as a team member for the professionals in your life, and as a business owner in your practice. Each year I set not only a word of the year but also a picture of the year.
For my word I select a word that will help me focus on how I need to show up, what strengths I need or what my journey will be like. I also select a picture to help me visualize this in practice and ground me in where I am going. I keep this at the forefront of my practice by setting it as my lock screen on my phone as a reminder multiple times in my day of what my focus is.
Last year my word was LEAP and this above was my picture. LEAP was my word as I was making the leap to move across the state and leave a practice I loved for a life closer to family. Where was I going to leap? Right into this kayak where I was likely going to battle some wicked rapids, but at the end would come out in a calm and beautiful space....here.
Over the next couple of days I am going to dig deep and set my new word and picture. If you set a word or picture of the year I would LOVE to hear about it! I would also love to hear about any other yearly practices you have going on for reflection and setting intention - drop a comment below!
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I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC, RPT-S, and EMDR Consultant. I help other therapists grow in their passions as play therapists, trauma therapists,and child and adolescent therapists.