And so we’ve made it to the end of another year. For all of us, it was an emotional roller-coaster ride of highs and lows, ups and downs, breakneck speed and abrupt stops. But before we ring in the New Year, we need to sit back and ask ourselves the questions that will make these upcoming 12 months of life immensely fulfilling and a great year for you.
1. What did you learn in the previous year? – Review the major things that happened this year. When were you happiest and most excited? What were your best days? Taking note of what you learned positively in the past year will help you avoid making the same mistakes again. It always helps you to be more mindful of the lessons you’ve learned.
2. How did your life change in the previous year? – How is your life different today from how it was last year? Make sure you’re growing and constantly evolving. If you or things in your life haven’t changed much (especially for the better), maybe you should try to take more risks or learn something new next year. Don’t stay stagnant and don’t get too comfortable. You want to be continuously leveling up!
3. What should I start in the new year? – What new habits, skills, adventures, or ventures, do you want to begin? Remember you can always start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can. You don’t have to be great, you just have to start. Don’t hope for it; don’t plan it. Get it started. And you don’t need to wait until January 1st to do that.
4. What should I stop in the new year? – What’s been keeping you stuck? Think about the things that kept you staying small – the bad habits, the negative thinking. It may be a matter of giving up something that isn’t working to free yourself for another option that might serve you better. Don’t worry about failure or what you have to lose but focus on what you have to gain. Failure is another way of learning and progressing.
5. What should I do more of in the new year? – Sometimes it’s exactly right to want more: More laughter, more love, more fun, more happiness, more family, more good times, more adventures, more playtime. More learning. More peace, more understanding, more forgiveness. Think of what worked for you and nourished you this year and how you made it happen. Always keep your Peace of Mind at the top of your priority.
6. What should I do less of? – What did you have too much of? You may want to give yourself less negativity, less fear, less ‘busy-ness’, less over-scheduling, less overthinking, less stress, less anxiety, less lack of sleep. (You get the point.) Remember, the more of the bad stuff you let go of the more room you’re clearing out for the good. It will only benefit you, and that’s most important.
7. What should I continue in the new year? – Maybe it’s something that’s working that you want to make a habit. Maybe it’s an area where you haven’t yet found success and you need to keep seeking. Success comes when you continue to do the things that work and continue to learn the things you don’t know. Make those bridges and fill the gap.
8. What should I be grateful for? – It’s so easy to get busy and caught up in the day-to-day that we forget to take the time to say “thank you.” Or “That’s wonderful” or “How beautiful” or “Wow.” When you express gratitude you notice that you have enough; you connect with all the ways you’re wealthy–whether it’s financially or being rich in love and friends and good colleagues, personal gifts like intelligence and talent, even having food on the table and a roof over your head. Finding time to reflect on gratitude is one of the most powerful practices you can begin.
Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to share this article and like and subscribe to our Peace of Mind Facebook page for the latest updates on our blog. From all of us at Peace of Mind, have a bright and prosperous New Year!