I promise that I’m not going to get all “New Year’s Resolutions” on you. I’ve never been a big fan of setting some fantastic, unrealistic resolution and less than a week later (a month if you really focus) you and your resolution aren’t even in the same room!
As a coach, though, I feel a sort of obligation to share something insightful or purposeful as we are about to embark on a new year. I decided that I would share with you my tradition and how I will spend the final day of this wonderful year and how I embark on the new year.
I generally wake early because of the anticipation and excitement I have for starting this final day of the year. Since I experienced a great program with my friend Andy, I now understand the benefits of meditation and start everyday with 30 minutes. I’m excited that this will continue to be part of my New Year’s Eve routine. Ahhhhh.
Following meditation, I stretch for a few minutes and start the tea pot for a warm cup. While enjoying my tea, I write my morning pages. Meditation, stretching and morning pages have been three incredible factors in living the life I love. I do these three every morning and I can feel the benefits!
This year, I am adding in a new tradition that I am excited about. I have hand selected a few people, along with my clients, that I will call. I have so many people to thank for the blessings they have given me and I want to make sure that I share my thoughts of gratitude on this final day of the year. To me, having that energy surround me as I move into the new year feels refreshing!
Throughout the day, I will compile magazines and such because this evening I will spend time creating my vision board. (This is one of the most beautiful ways of defining a vision board experience – rather than recreating the context, I will share this post with you >> here.) Personally, I create my vision board at the beginning of the year and then 3-4 times during the year, I’ll review it and add to and take away. I want my board to be fluid, flowing and changing. I know that my intentions may shift and change as I shift and change and I give myself permission to let go of what isn’t serving me so I can add what will serve me.
Generally, prior to starting my board, I have already thought of words that will be my guide for the new year. The words that I have chosen for 2011 are:
My board will reflect these words along with other intentions, phrases, pictures, etc. that support the journey that I am on. I’ll be sure to post a picture once it is finished!
This evening will be spent reflecting on 2010 and all the greatness that it has brought. There have been trials and there have been triumphs. Tonight I celebrate and toast all of them because they have given the depth to the year that I have had.
Tomorrow, I will wake not with resolutions to focus on. Instead, I wake with a vision of what I will choose to create in 2011. I wake up knowing that I have the magic in me and it is simply a matter of choice and the decisions that I make.
What do you choose to create in 2011?
How do you plan on spending today? Do you make resolutions? Do you have a different tradition? I’d love to hear about it!