Each New Year there are three specific things I do to release the past year and embrace what’s to come. These practices help me create and give me the inspiration and energy I need to manifest my desires. This is my own private practice, but this year I felt called to share it 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 1 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. This year I felt called to let go and get complete. 2016 was a rough year for many of us. In numerology the Universal number for the year 2016 was a 9. A Universal number represents the energy we will all experience throughout the year. 2016 is a 9 year, because 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9. In numerology the 9 represents completion. A 9 year is about concluding old patterns and becoming the witness of what’s not working so you can complete the cycle. When I learned about the 9 year I was blown away. 2016 was absolutely a year of completion for me. I finally faced my deepest wounds and my most personal issues. It was brutal but it was worth it. I went deep into the dark corners of my memory to complete a cycle that lasted most of my life. And I’m psyched to share that I’m ready to start over!
2017 brings us a 1 year! The number 1 indicates the beginning of things in life. A 1 year offers new beginnings and spiritual evolution. It’s expected that we’ll experience a spiritual revolution in our lives in the year 2017.
Let’s set the intention to release 2016, 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. You spent 2016 cleaning your house! Now it’s time to decorate it. 😉
Make this your mantra for 2017: I am complete and energized to move forward with enthusiasm and grace.
Tip 2: Measure your success based on how much fun you’re having.
Each New Year I practice an annual 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 based on how much fun I’m having. For the next 40 days, begin the 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.
Remember, this isn’t a chore! Instead of making this exercise tedious or difficult, instead make it fun. Creating sustainable life changes isn’t about the sheer force of willpower — honestly, that would be exhausting. We must find joy in our transformation. Joy makes all the difference. Practice this all the time and you will live in joy.