January used to be one of my least favorite times of year. Seriously. I grew up in the Midwest and loathed the cold, icy winter. I love living in Las Vegas now, even though it was 16 degrees this morning. However, January recently began to grow on me over the last few years. So what changed? I began to implement practices each New Year toward making that particular year my “Best Year Ever” and as those practices stuck I was more and more excited for the New Year as it came around.
This year we actually went out and celebrated saying good bye to 2012 and had a great deal of fun ringing in 2013 with friends, food and games. Here is a look into a few of the practices I have adopted and an audio of a recent pillar huddle of a new practice I’ve just adopted.
- Around Thanksgiving I assess my year. You can do this at any time you see fit. What accomplishments, failures, celebrations, were a part of the year? I dig through the calendar for reminders and put down all those big moments onto a sheet of paper.
- Keep a gratitude journal throughout the year. Writing down what your are grateful for as a regular practice actually gets you actively thinking more grateful thoughts on a day-to-day basis. Listen in to Oprah’s The Power of Gratitude for more.
- Set goals! Set goals for yourself in these five areas: Career, Financial, Relationships, Spiritual, and Wellness. When you have a clear vision of where you want to be, you will consciously take steps to meet those goals throughout the day/week/month/year.
- NEW! I keep a “Glowing Moments Jar.” When I initiated the practice of step 1 I realized it was so hard to think of everything the year encompassed for me and I missed a lot of the great accomplishments. This year I am planning on capturing all the great moments of the year by writing down what they were, how I felt at that moment and another other celebratory thoughts. You can put whatever is important to you in this jar. For example: tickets, photos, notes of all shapes and sizes, confetti, and so on. Then at the end of the year you can open the jar and recount those moments. Each moment a glowing part of your history from the year (like little lightning bugs you caught throughout the year and placed in this jar). Listen in to our pillar huddle audio and follow the links on where to get the instructions to make one of your own!
Best wishes to you for a Happy New Year. Make 2013 your best year ever!