How to Have a Breakthrough in the New Year

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Note: I updated this blog post in 2019 for greater clarity and more resources.

Gabby Bernstein selfie in jeans, orange-red sweater and winter hatEach 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.

I measure my success by how much fun I'm having | New Year practicesEach 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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  1. Happy to say I’ve been doing #1 and #2 for years and am now looking forward to learning more about your #3! This quote seems a great way to express my gratitude: Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities. – William Throsby Bridges

  2. Hi Gabby… my nightly Mantra is “Tomorrow is a new day, begin it well”
    I also really like “Be the reason someone Smiles today” as I am a dental hygienist and I have that saying on the wall in my operatory.
    I recently was turned on to your work by a fan of yours…I am anxiously awaiting Spirit Junkie and The Universe Has Your Back, due to arrive at my doorstep tomorrow!
    I am so ready for 2017 to be a year of forgiving, growing and expanding my personal growth. It was so interesting to learn about the year 2016 being a 9 year and what that means. It really explains a lot about the year that I have had, but have now put behind me.
    I look forward to reading your books and your blogs and listening to your meditations, and I’m so glad I found out about you! ✌

  3. Gabby – I LOVE YOU! I’ve been listening to your Miracles Now audiobook and I’m so hooked! Your work really resonates with me, and I’m so grateful to learn your teachings. Thank you for all you do, Lightworker. Shine on!! Namaste _/\_

  4. Hi Gabby,

    I’m new to your site, although I’ve stumbled upon you several times on YouTube. Thank you for sharing your insights and tips on entering this new year. 2016 was interesting for so many and it now makes absolute sense when you say it was “a year of completion”. Hard times and bumps in the road are reminders to start anew, call ourselves back to awareness, and keep marching forward with consciousness. Thank you for spreading your gorgeous messages and inner light with so many.

  5. Hey Gabby

    Wow! Just loved this latest blog post. Thank you so much for sharing this info. What a huge sigh of relief to learn about why 2016 was a rough one. I was fascinated to read about the numerology meaning as to why it was such a challenging year. I was very excited to hear about all the positive prospects that are in store for 2017. Very inspiring.

    Peace, love and blessings!

    Joanne Rose

  6. My mantra, after reading A Return to Love and The Universe Has Your Back, is “Love is my teacher, love is my guide.” Life-changing!

  7. Thank you for the wealth of wisdom that you so freely give. “Choose joy.” I love it. Your writings encourage me to live afresh and empowers me that I truly have the power to do it. Thank you. I recently saw “Collateral Beauty”, and it is one of my favorite movies of all time. You and your writing and your energy reminds me of collateral beauty – how you encourage us to rise from the ashes of our lives and see the beauty that remains and connect with it! Happy 2017. God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, Gabby.

  8. This year I want to be present and joyful so my mantra is I AM PRESENT, I AM NOW, I AM JOY. I realize how I can miss the beauty of the present moment as well as the power there is in being present because I am absorbed in plans and ideas, and in non stop absorbing information. I realize that life is HERE and NOW and that if I really want to feel alive I need to live form that place: I AM HERE, I AM NOW, I AM JOY. Love you Gabby! Thank you! ✨

  9. “I measure my success by how much fun I’m having.” This really resonates with me and I’m going to post it all around my house. Thanks for the inspiration, Gabby, and have a fun 2017.

  10. My mantra is my faith statement which begins as “I am grounded and rooted in the Universe.” I commit to releasing a behavior addiction which I admitted to myself last night I am powerless over. I am committed to 30 days of prayer and releasing this addiction. Best wishes to you in 2017.

  11. This reminder from Gabby to identify what is working on your life by how much fun you are having is nothing short of magnificent. When we are having fun our hearts are open, our energy is high & fluid, our connection to our divine source is strong & the best part, our state of fun is contagious!!!! Thank you Gabby!!!!

  12. My mantra is from Yogi B. “Keep up and you will be kept up.” The keep ups is one of my favorite kundalini warm ups because it really brings old shit out of me and it helps me get Madonna arms! Xoxo

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