In order to embrace the new, we must release the old. An important part of preparing for the New Year is to review the past year - to release it- and to learn from it.
The following questions should stimulate your thinking for this process. Reflect upon what you did, how you felt, what you liked, what you didn’t and what you learned. Try to look at yourself and your experience with as much objectivity as you can. Much like a biographer would.
Here are some suggestions to get you started in mulling over the past year – perhaps the last decade. Feel free to add your own.
What did I learn? (skills, knowledge, insights, etc.)
What did I accomplish? A list of my wins and achievements.
What would I have done differently? Why?
What did I complete or release? What still feels incomplete to me?
What were the most significant events of the past year? List Top three.
What did I do right? What do I feel especially good about?
What was my greatest contribution?
What were the fun things I did? What were the not-so-fun?
What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties?
How am I different this year than last?
For what am I particularly grateful?
Any suggestion: Consider listing all the things in your life you would like to let go of anything you no longer want. Give thanks for what they’ve brought you in terms of learning and usefulness and then burn the list. It’s symbolic gesture to help you release the old and be open to the new. The next step is to list what you DO want-experiences, knowledge, material things, relationships, healings, whatever.
Creating intentions for the New Year. List your intensions for the coming year, at least 3 in each of the following areas:
Be specific, example: I am commented to creating a healthy body to support a weight of ??? pounds by September 1
A perfect 2012:
What are the 25 elements needed for a perfect 2012?
Enjoy taking a look at your life and dreaming the future! This is a powerful exercise, so be as specific as possible, remember, once you have created the intention the universe rises to meet you.