During the past few weeks many of us prepared for and happily celebrated holidays, traveled to visit family and friends, closed out work projects, and juggled the other wonderful December activities that sometimes seemed overwhelming. At least they did to me. How, then, dare I suggest one more thing for you to do in the remaining hours of 2012? The answer is simple…I believe this brief exercise will help you let go of this year and enthusiastically welcome 2013.
I love the symbolism of new beginnings and celebrate the opportunity to deliberately end one year and intentionally create a new one. Some friends know that in the past few years I have “started over” several times before truly embracing a New Year. On February 29th of this year, for example, I declared that the first two months of the year were really part of 2011 and I celebrated a second New Year’s Day on March 1st. I mention this to suggest that you may want to follow the steps below a time or two (or three) until you really settle into 2013.
Six simple steps can get you ready for a terrific 2013. You can do them in as little as 15 minutes, but I suggest a bit more time if you have it. Grab something on which you can make notes — sheets of paper, your journal, or an electronic device in which you store important information. Then sit in a quiet place where you can focus on yourself without interruption.
Step 1: Close your eyes for a moment, and take three very deep breaths. Open your eyes.
Step 2: Next, jot down the things that did not work out the way that you hoped they would in 2012.
Step 3: Then, take a few minutes to jot down the nagging loose ends that you have not yet wrapped up — a conversation you’ve been avoiding, clutter in some part of your life, any kind of unfinished business. (For more information about the topic, check out “The The Burden of Unfinished Business”, posted here earlier this year.) I urge you to make note of your loose ends without the pressure of thinking that by writing them down, you will then have to deal with them. This is only a step about bringing them into your awareness.
Step 4: Spend a few minutes jotting down the things that you loved about your life and your choices in 2012.
Step 5: Now, write a detailed description of the 2013 you wish to experience, using the present tense (“In 2013, I am….”, “In 2013 my life is…”)
Step 6: Reread your description and ask yourself if you are ready to accept the amazing year that you have just created. If you are, welcome it into your life. If you do not yet feel ready to accept this amazing new year, spend a few moments exploring what may be holding you back. When you are ready, sign and date your creation, thereby committing to yourself that you want to accept the gifts that 2013 has in store for you.
Most importantly, have fun with this! I encourage you to try any variation of the technique that feels better to you than the steps described above. As for me, I am ready to create my 2013 now. At midnight on December 31st, when I kiss 2012 goodbye, it will be with a quick peck on the cheek and a gentle but firm push out the door.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! May 2013 be your best year yet.