1. Use the Right Questions as Journal Prompts
Writing is therapeutic on many levels. It helps you let go. It
helps you understand yourself. It helps you organize your thoughts, and so much more.
As you set on into the new year, spend some time answering the following questions:
What are you proud of in the past year?
What went well?
What lessons can you learn from what didn’t go as planned?
What was the overarching lesson (This can be a statement or phrase) in the last year?
Where do you want to go from here? (Set S.M.A.R.T. goals using this question, being as specific as possible.)
2. Create a Gratitude List
The attitude of gratitude is one of the best things you can do for your mental health.
And it doesn’t take a whole lot to get there. In fact, the more you practice gratitude, the easier it gets to appreciate the things in your life.
For the sake of this exercise, spend some time listing out everything you are grateful for that happened or existed in the past year and why. Really dig deep here. What is your reasoning behind it? This is important so that you truly feel the appreciation deep within you.
3. Create an Accomplishments Examples List
Consider this a list your future self can refer back to when feeling sad. And this list doesn’t just encompass this past year but all time. What are you proud of in your life? What can you say you’ve done that no one else has?
This list will provide you with motivation when you’re feeling down and allow you to access a different perspective that your past self has seen when your present self can’t.
4. Burn or Throw Away the Bad
This is where you reflect on the not-so-great-stuff. While we want to emphasize your accomplishments, we can’t entirely ignore the other stuff. Unfortunately, you can’t have the good without the bad.
Yet, this exercise also offers you a time for self-reflection and then a time to let go. So, make a list of everything bad that happened in the past year. Then, either throw it away or set it on fire (in a safe and responsible way, of course!). This is not woo woo fire is the quickest element that can destroy anything.
Once (and if) you’ve finished all of the above, it’s time to make way for the new. Clear your mind through meditation. You can even make this a daily practice if you so choose.
Start with just a couple minutes. Find a peaceful spot to sit and close your eyes. Bring your focus toward your breath. Practice inhaling for the count of four and exhaling for the count of four. Do this for the entire duration. If your thoughts wander, simply bring them back to your breath each time without judgement.
6. Give Yourself Something
This is all about celebrating. You’ve outlined your accomplishments, and now you should celebrate them. The truth is we don’t celebrate enough. So, take those small opportunities.
This might mean booking that massage for yourself or drawing up that bubble bath. Maybe you want to take yourself out for dinner. Or perhaps you can treat yourself to a night alone. Do what you need here! It’s important.
7. Set Goal
Now, it’s time to look forward. What do you want to get out of the next year?
With goals, you need to make them S.M.A.R.T. This means specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-oriented. Each goal you write down, make sure it has these specific factors.
8. Make a Plan
Schedule your goals in your calendar. What are you going to do to take steps toward them? What habits will you perform regularly? These matter since these are the small incremental changes that will get you to where you want to be. 9. Write Three Key Words to Carry With You Into Your New Year These words should resonate with you. They should mean something to you. Choose these three words and carry them with you going forward. Some examples include:
9. Write Three Key Traits You Want to Embody in the New Year
Now, who do you want to become? Write down the three key traits you need to become that person so that you can step into them as you go into this new year. You can even go a step further, and write down what these traits specifically mean to you. Self reflection goes a long way when it comes to finding fulfillment and success in your life. You need to know where you’re going wrong and what you’re doing right to go forward in the direction you want. Use the above activities to help you get there. Take some time this holiday season to help your future self get a leg-up. Who knows, maybe in 365 days, you won’t even recognize yourself (in a good way!).
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