Note: I updated this blog post in 2019 for greater clarity and more resources.
Each New Year there are two specific things I do to release the past year and embrace what’s to come. These New Year practices help me create and give me the inspiration and energy I need to manifest my desires.
Two New Year practices to make powerful change
I’m excited to share these practices with you! Right now you’ve got enthusiasm and momentum. This is the perfect time to make powerful changes, because your willingness is at an all-time high. Apply these two principles and you’ll kick off the New Year with a powerful force of energy behind you.
Tip 1: Release the past year.
On January 1st I commit to releasing the previous year. I feel it’s important to forgive the past, honor the learning experiences and take huge steps forward. I feel called to evolve, grow and set intentions for new ways of being.
Let’s set the intention to release the past year, forgive ourselves and dive into the New Year with positive energy and enthusiasm. Your excitement and enthusiasm will create momentum behind your desires. Focus on this forward movement — what you focus your attention on will come to form.
Tip 2: Measure your success by how much fun you’re having.
Each New Year I practice a ritual of writing down my intentions for the year to come. For several years I’ve made my intention to measure my success based on how much fun I’m having.
I came to this intention after hitting a bottom from living in the opposite way. For a while I was measuring my success based on how stressed out I was. Once I came to accept that stress didn’t equate productivity, I surrendered to the fact true success must be based on happiness.
It’s easy to measure our success based on a bank balance, a relationship status or a job credential. But what I’ve come to learn is that nothing outside of us can make us truly happy. Happiness really is an inside job. We can take pleasure in life’s successes, but we must focus on the greatest success of all: living a fun, fulfilling life.
To apply this practice in your own life, begin by making a commitment. Post this affirmation on your desk, mirror, car dashboard, whenever you can see it often: I measure my success by how much fun I’m having.
Begin each day with this affirmation. Make the conscious commitment to choose joy upon waking. Throughout the day consciously look for joy in all situations. Taste your food, feel the blessing of a smile from a stranger, become more curious about your surroundings. Act like an innocent child and actively create more joyful moments in your life. Creating this new habit will greatly benefit your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Creating sustainable life changes isn’t about the sheer force of willpower. We must find joy in our transformation. Joy makes all the difference. Practice this all the time and you will live in joy.
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