It is New Year's Eve, and I have already begun seeing lots of posts on Facebook and hearing comments from quite a few people that they are saying, "goodbye and good riddance" to 2013. The general feeling seems to be that 2013 was not a good year.
I'd like to present a different take on it. There are more productive ways to ensure success in the New Year. Here's a few of those ways:
- Don't regret the past. It really is true that what you think creates more of what you are thinking about. Regretting the past is a real good way to experience more of the same.
- If 2013 really wasn't a good year for you, view it as a stepping stone or part of a process to get where you want to go. Look forward in the direction of your dreams, not behind you.
- Do some inner work. No matter how you are feeling about 2013, doing some inner work will allow you to move into 2014 with enthusiasm. Ask yourself some tough questions: why? how? what could I do differently? Be gentle with yourself while you are doing this.
- Be grateful. Make a gratitude list of what you are grateful for in 2013. Did you know that gratitude increases life satisfaction? If you make a gratitude list every day, you will experience more satisfaction with your life.
- Don't do the New Year's Resolutions thing. They don't work. Instead, do some visualizaiton. Picture yourself as how you want to be. Don't loose sight of that picture. Think about that picture every day. As you go about your day, ask yourself if the action you are about to take is a step towards that picture you have in your mind, or a step away from that picture.
- And if your life truly isn't the way you want it to be, if you really think 2013 sucked and you just want to move on, consider that if you don't do something differently, 2014 is going to be more of the same. Harsh language? Perhaps. But you are not a victim of circumstances or anything else. You are an empowered being who may need some help to realize that. Spiritual counseling can help you navigate your way from victim to empowerment.
2014 can be the best beginning of the rest of your life! Happy New Year!