The end of the year is upon us, and I’ve already heard chatter amongst friends, clients, and family about New Year’s resolutions. I’m not one for setting New Year’s resolutions, but I am a fan of setting intentions for what you want to create in the coming year. Here’s what I mean (and what I do):
In the last week of the year, I make a list of the things I want to let go of and leave behind as the clock strikes midnight on 12/31. These could be habits, feelings, behaviors, anything you don’t want to take with you into the new year. For example, I want to leave behind saying yes to things I don’t want to do. Or, I am letting go of my lifelong habit of perfectionism. Or, I’m leaving my toxic job in the past. Then I burn the list in the fire. I don’t always burn the list on New Year’s Eve, just sometime during that last week of the year. It’s very cathartic and liberating to watch your words burn on a piece of paper and disintegrate – truly representative of those things no longer being part of your life.
Then I make a new list of what I want to create or call into the new year. For example, I want to call in peace in my heart, regardless of what’s happening in the world and around me. I want to create more fulfilling and meaningful relationships. I want to create a healthier, stronger me; both physically and mentally… you get the idea! After making this list, I turn it into a paper boat, put it on my pond and watch it float away into the stream. I try to do this on January 1 or within the first week of the year. At the same time that I’m setting the intention of what I want to create in the new year, as the list floats away I am releasing these things, trusting that all that’s meant to be will occur.
Maybe it’s just semantics, but it feels different from setting New Year’s resolutions. It’s a releasing and a calling-in. It becomes less about trying to force myself to do something (for example, join a gym and try to go every day) and more about being aware of opportunities that align with those things I want to create. So, if you’re tired of resolutions (and then breaking them), give this a try. It’s a great way to set your mind and heart on how you’d like the New Year to begin and hopefully unfold.
Wishing you a wonderful New Year!