It's New Year's Eve and there's so much to look forward to in the new year! Every year people look back at their year with and are either happy with their accomplishments or disappointed at their failures. And every year people talk about their new year's resolutions. This year, however, I want to challenge you to do something beyond new years resolutions for New Year's.
This morning, the pastor of the church I attend talked about moving forward and letting things go. You see many times we make a point of making all kinds of goals, which are well intended but we don't actually stop doing things that keep us from reaching those goals.
For example, if we want to lose weight, we go to the gym, hire a trainer and workout. However, we don't adjust our eating habits, we don't go to the gym on our own and we don't put in the extra effort. How are we going to reach our goal, if we haven't stopped our bad habits? And if we go deeper, we aren't letting go of whatever is bothering us inside that keeps us from reaching our goals.
The year, I want you to look back at 2017 and answer the following questions so you can make the most of 2018. For an even bigger challenge, make answering these questions a yearly New Year's Eve.
- What is one thing you did this year that you are super proud of? Write it down and share it with those around you tonight.
- What is a mistake you made and what did you learn from it? Write it down and share it with those around you tonight.
- What/who is holding you back? How are you going to let go of these bad habits/memories/relationships in order to make space for positivity in the new year? This is private and you don't need to share this. Write it down and now shred the paper or burn it. This symbolic way of letting go is extremely powerful.
- What or who are you going to make room for this new year? How do you plan on spending more time on this person/s or projects? Write it down and share it with those around you.
Lastly, write down 3-5 things you want to accomplish in the following year. Don't worry if you don't accomplish them this year. Remember, some dreams and goals take years to make a reality.
Doing this simple ritual can be a lot of fun and does make an impact on where you're going in the new year. I hope you have a fun night.
Happy New Year's and to new beginnings!