In the spirit of the familiar saying “New Year, New You,” what if, instead of crafting an ambitious list of resolutions, we opted for a moment of reflection?
The start of the new year often brings a surge of enthusiasm to start fresh and write a new chapter. However, this excitement can inadvertently burden hardworking and ambitious women with undue pressure. This year, let’s shift our focus from creating a lengthy list of resolutions for the next 12 months to integrating intentional reflection into our daily routines.
Here are practical tips for ushering in the new year:
- Journal Reflection
Before diving into new goals, take a moment to reflect on the past year. Celebrate successes, acknowledge losses and honor the experiences that shaped the last 12 months. Need inspiration? Here are a few prompts to get you started: Journal Prompts
- Honest Life Check-In
Utilize a resource like the life balance framework from the design coach, outlining 12 areas of life. Prioritize one or two key areas for the next 30 days. Remember, true transformation occurs in manageable steps. Choose specific aspects, such as your career or friendships, and focus on those.
- Visualize Your Desires
Envision a fully fulfilled life in the chosen area. Imagine having a magic wand and transforming that aspect. What would your daily routine look like? What actions would you take? Take time to mentally draw out the details.
- Action and Planning
Once you have a clear vision, identify one actionable step to move closer to fulfillment in the chosen area. Break down your aspirations into manageable tasks, creating a realistic plan for progress.
Remember, these steps can be practiced at any time of the year. Every day and every month offer opportunities for reflection, growth and dreaming about your future.
Avoid the pressure of the “New Year, New Me” mantra, which implies something was wrong with the old you. Instead, embrace the idea of “Another day and I’m evolving.” By honoring our personal journey and growth, we acknowledge that it’s a dynamic process with twists, turns, ups and downs. Cultivate self-compassion for your past selves as you continue to evolve.
Try this mindful approach and share your thoughts on how it resonates with you! Send me a message on Instagram @maria.serbus.