The start of a new year is always so exciting because January 1st is the day we wipe the slate clean… or do we??
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is lacking intention in the way they approach the new year – and without intention we’re basically flying blind.
Don’t bring 2014 files into 2015. Start this new story from a truly blank page. Make a commitment to close out 2014 – much like we do when cleaning out our office files and placing them in storage or discarding items we no longer need or don’t want to keep as we move forward.
With this post, I hope to inspire you to think intentionally about what you file away for 2015. And to consider the subconscious baggage you’re bringing along for the new year ride.
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What to file away for 2014:
Resentment: This is the first thing that needs to go. If you’re holding on to any past wrongs, let them go. They only hold you down, not the person you’re determined to hold a grudge against.
Hurt: It takes a lot of strength to let go of past hurt and pain but you will be so much better for it. Just. Let. Go.
Fear: Has no place in the new year. Period. Take the leap. Over, and over again. You will fail, you will fumble, you will fall. But the best part: You will get back up again, you will learn, you will grow.
Judgement: You don’t know someone’s story, nor do they know yours. Abandon judgement and remain invested in the human experience.
Stagnation: Don’t allow another year to go by without you moving forward. Leave inaction behind for good.
What to file away for 2015:
Gratitude: Start a daily gratitude journal. Purposely seek what you can appreciate in all things. Look for the best in everyone and everything. It’s life-changing. And well worth the effort.
Joy: Be happy on purpose! Just do it. It feels great, I promise. Smile for no reason, get excited, be engaged, and demonstrate affection for those you hold dear.
Confidence: Remember, nobody has the power to knock you off your pedestal but you. Be proud of yourself. Believe in you. Be optimistic and go after what you really want.
Love: Wholly, freely, and without reservation. Bring it. Pour it. Repeat. Never hold back!
Action: Reflect, live on purpose, and make a plan. Develop SMART goals that align with your core desires and values. Execute. Implement. Basically be like Nike… Just Do It!
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What will you file away for 2015? Please leave a comment below and let’s have a discussion.