Creating Your Best Year Yet

There is much fanfare over the first day of the New Year and many people make resolutions about things that they will start or stop doing when January 1st rolls around. I do not limit myself to starting over on the first day of January, as sometimes the early days or months of a new year seem more like what I wanted to leave behind than what I planned to carry forward.

Letting Go of The Old – Welcoming The New

Whenever a new beginning occurs for you, tomorrow or weeks or months from now, here’s a brief exercise that will help you let go of the old and enthusiastically welcome the new (repeatedly, if necessary). These six simple steps can be done in as little as 15 minutes or a bit more time if you have it. Grab something on which you can make notes and 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: Write down the things that did not work out the way that you hoped they would in 2013 (or what ever period of time you are consciously leaving behind).

Step 3: 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, anything that is weighing you down. I urge you to make note of your loose ends without the pressure of thinking about how you will deal with them. The purpose of this step is simply to bring them into your awareness.

Step 4: Spend a few minutes jotting down the things that you loved about your life and your choices in 2013.

Step 5: Now, write a detailed description of the 2014 you wish to experience, using the present tense (“In 2014, I am….”, “In 2014 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 it, spend a few moments exploring what may be holding you back. When you are ready, sign and date your creation, committing to yourself that you want to accept the many gifts that 2014 has in store for you.

Honor your creativity. I encourage you to try any variation of the technique that feels better to you than the steps described above. The goal is to recognize the past, let go if it, and consciously create the life that you want to live from this moment forward.

HAPPY, HEALTHY, WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!! May 2014 be your best year yet.

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20 Responses to Creating Your Best Year Yet

  1. Claudia Schmidt January 31, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Hi Sharon, So glad to have found your blog. This is such a wonderful program you’ve set up, congratulations! And…Happy New Year, too (albeit a bit late). I read through your favorite books, a great list. Looking forward to reading more. All my best, Claudia

    • sharon February 1, 2014 at 12:22 am #

      Thanks very much, Claudia, and happy New Year to you, too. I hope that 2014 is your best year yet and that you have some reading recommendations for us all. Sending love and a hug!

  2. Pat O January 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Happy New Year Sharon! Thank you for your motivating and inspirational message. Every day is a blessing and I look to 2014 with much gratitude as I celebrate 10 years as a cancer survivor.


    • sharon January 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

      Thanks very much, Pat. Sending New Year’s wishes back to you. Thank you for reminding us that “Every day is a blessing” and for sharing your message about the importance of gratitude. May I join you in are celebrating your 10 years as a cancer survivor? Sending love & a very big hug!

  3. Linda January 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Happy New Year! I intend to use this immediately. Hoping to see you soon!
    Love, Linda

    • sharon January 2, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

      Thank you, Linda. I hope that 2014 is your best year yet! Sending a very big hug and hoping to see you soon.


  4. Julia Wiklander January 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    Thanks for your inspiration Sharon! I believe 2014 will be an amazing new year, and I’m ready to face it (the known and the unknown) with positivity and passion!
    Sending you my best wishes for 2014! I look forward to seeing you!

    • sharon January 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

      So good to hear from you, Julia! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I, too, believe that 2014 will be an amazing year for you and I hope that I get to see you soon.

      Sending a very big hug.

  5. MJ Higgins January 2, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Happy New Year, Sharon!!! Always enjoy receiving your very inspirational and thought provoking e-mails! I am sharing this one with my husband since he is retiring, effective tomorrow. May 2014 be a happy, healthly, peaceful year for you.


    • sharon January 2, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

      Thanks very much, MJ! Best wishes to your husband as he takes this exciting step and a very big hug to you. I hope that 2014 is the best year yet for each of you!


  6. Theresa January 2, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Happy New Beginnings, Sharon! I hope you reap twice what you help the rest of us sow (that’s huge!) Thanks for being you. xoxo

    • sharon January 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

      Thanks very much for your comment, Theresa. So grateful! I hope that 2014 is your best year yet and am sending a very big New Year’s hug!

  7. Stacey January 2, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Happy New Year Sharon! I’m embracing an amazing 2014, but your steps are a great reminder to let go so I can clearly enjoy what’s to come. May you be blessed in return! Virtual hugs to you.


    • sharon January 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

      So great to hear from you, Stacey. Sending a very big hug and wishes for your best New Year yet!


  8. Linda S. January 2, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    I have been asking myself many of these questions as I enter 2014. Great advice as I begin my redirectoin as a retiree at the end of February, Sharon! Happy New Year!

    • sharon January 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

      Wow, Linda! Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. This really can be your best year yet, and I hope that it is. Sending a very big hug!

  9. Carla January 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    Great advice already put into motion. Hope you are well it had been too long. Happy NEw Year!

    • sharon January 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

      Happy New Year, Carla! Thanks very much for the comment. Sending a big hug!

  10. Paula January 1, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Happy New Year! May 2014 bring you many moments that are savored.

    • sharon January 1, 2014 at 11:19 am #

      Many thanks, Paula. I hope that 2014 is a wonderful year for you and your family. Sending a hug!