Of course, you can do this at any time, but as we come to the end of a year, our thoughts naturally turn to letting go of the past year and hoping for good things to come in the New Year. And instead of just hoping that the next year will be better, here are some strategies that will help you set yourself up for success.
- Reflect on the past year. What were the highlights? What would you like more of? What went really well and felt really good? What were the challenges? What would you like less of? What would you like to let go of?
Taking time to reflect in this way helps to bring clarity so you know what you want and what you don’t. When you don’t take the time to do this it’s easy to get swept up in everybody else’s agenda and to lose sight of what it is that you really want – until you find that yet another year has gone by with no sign of positive change for you.
- Set a clear intention. We hear a lot about goal setting, and that certainly can be helpful, but I think that before you think about specific goals, it’s most helpful to set an intention for yourself for the upcoming year.
What’s most important to you? What do you want to make a priority in your life? When you’re clear about this it helps you to say no to anything that isn’t in alignment with it. So, for example, if you have been experiencing some health challenges or some significant amounts of stress, your intention for the upcoming year might be to focus on your health and wellness and make your well-being your top priority. Once you know that, ask yourself what it would look and feel like if you did make your well-being your top priority. What would be different? What would you do differently? What (or who) would you let go of? How would you feel?
Or perhaps finances have been a particular struggle and you want to focus on your financial well-being above all else. Again, what would you need to do differently? What (or who) would you need to let go of? How would you feel if you really made this your priority?
When you set a clear intention and keep this at the forefront of your mind, you’ll find yourself making different choices, saying no to things you previously may have said yes to (because you thought you should). You’ll find yourself letting go of certain things, projects, experiences or people because they don’t serve you or your intention. You may find yourself interacting with people in a different way as you realize how certain people may be keeping you away from what’s most important to you.
You might also want to create a vision board that reflects this intention – for example, if health and wellness is your focus, you would paste pictures on a poster board that show you when you felt particularly fit and healthy, of people doing things you would love to do – such as yoga, hiking, kayaking etc., If there are certain things you would do if you felt healthier and less stressed, paste pictures of people doing those things on the board. Just find pictures that reflect the intention that you’re setting.
Setting an intention for the year is a very powerful thing to do, and it’s also helpful to set daily intentions. Setting an intention for your day gets you off to a great start in the morning and you’ll be amazed at how good it feels.
If you are highly sensitive or an empath, this is particularly important for you – because you are so easily affected by the energy of other people and the energy around you, this will help you stay connected to yourself and release any energy that doesn’t serve you.
Action Step: Reflect on the year and identify the positives, the challenges and what you’d like to change. Use this to become clear on what you would most like to focus on for the upcoming year. Set your intention.
This affirmation will help:
As I tune into what’s most important to me and set clear intentions I allow myself to re-claim my power and connect to my true self. This benefits me and everyone around me.
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