3 New Year Practices For Powerful Change

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It’s almost the “New Year”, and I think it’s safe to say that we all may be looking to manifest some change. For many of us, 2020 was rough. I’ve heard stories of loss, fear, and heartache from friends, family, Dear Gabby guests, and my Miracle Members. I’ve also heard beautiful stories of faith, hope, and resilience.

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In a year of constant ups and downs, setting a resolution may be the last thing you want to do—and it is challenging to even fathom where to start. 

Each new year, there are three specific things I do to release the past year and embrace what’s to come. These “New Year” practices help me to create, and give me the inspiration and energy I need to manifest my desires.

It can be overwhelming and a little scary to make commitments. But, if there is a voice inside of you saying, “I need to show up for this,” “It’s time for me to heal this,” or even “It’s time for me to clear this,” then this will help guide you.

My hope is that you can ride that New Year’s resolution wave far beyond the last week of January. 


The way to make any resolution really stick (and be long lasting) is to want it…to really, really want it. True change occurs when you desire change and are truly committed. 

Before you set those resolutions, ask yourself: “Do I have enough hours in the day to make this happen? And, if I do, is this something I’m willing to do every day?”

If your resolution isn’t something you want at the present moment, then it isn’t attainable right now. I’ve tried giving up caffeine in the past because I thought I should, but I didn’t really want to do it. If you find yourself energized talking about it and feel a deep desire for this change, then you want it. 


The New Year is the perfect time to make powerful changes because your willingness is at an all-time high. I have had a lot of success creating new habits in my life whether it was changing my habits with food, substances, or my behavior. And, all of the successes I’ve experienced have come primarily from setting daily intentions and the commitment and conviction behind those actions. 

Apply these three principles, and you’ll kick off the New Year with a powerful force of energy behind you.

Tip 1: Release the past year

Write this down or say this out loud: “On January 1st, I commit to releasing the previous year.”

It’s important to forgive the past, honor the learning experiences, and take huge steps forward. 

So, 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 fruition.

Tip 2:  Develop morning intentions

Making a resolution stick happens with repetition and consistency. An easy way to do it is to incorporate daily, morning intentions. 

When I wake up, I set an intention to deeply commit to the desire within me that wants that presence. As I tap into the desire, I start my day more present. I don’t turn to my phone or run to that cup of coffee. Instead, I first turn to my meditation. I’ll sit down and eat breakfast before I caffeinate.  

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Morning prayers and devotions are powerful tools that keep you consistent because you are starting your day with an intention that leans into your consciousness. And, keeping it in the context of ‘today’ is especially important so you don’t get overwhelmed.

If you can continue daily repetition without interruption, you can actually refocus and redirect your neural pathways and create permanent change. 

So, choose little practices to incorporate into your morning that help you commit to your desire.

Tip 3: 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. And, here’s the important part…I measure my success based on how much fun I’m having.

I came to this intention after hitting bottom from living the opposite way. For a while, I was measuring my success based on how stressed out I was feeling.  Once I accepted that stress didn’t equate productivity, I surrendered to the fact that 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 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, or wherever 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.

Cultivating sustainable life changes isn’t about the sheer force of willpower. We must find joy in our resolutions. If we aren’t having fun, then we are bound to give up on our goals. Joy makes all the difference. Practice this all the time, and you will live in joy.


If you do fall off that resolution, forgive yourself and choose again. 

When you go into a negative space thinking you’re not good enough, you’ll most likely stay off. Forgive yourself, and you can usually come back to it pretty quickly.


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Join me and start 2021 learning how to turn what you want into the life you live! You’ll discover how to act in alignment with the energy of the Universe, and allow good things to flow to you easily and naturally.

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