New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays. I like the opportunity to ritualize letting go of what’s no longer serving me and to set my mind on intentions for the future.
What do you want to experience in 2013? Accomplishments are over-rated so temper your energy for creating a long list of goals. Instead pick one thing you are really hungry for. What is missing in your life? What do you want to have more of?
Don’t mess around, go for something big. For example, I want exuberance and margin in 2013. I feel like I cranked a lot out in 2012 but was missing fun and play. I also value more white space, more time to create and be available to serve. Notice I am not focusing on more vacations or more money or more time. There are many way to experience exuberance at the same time I’m working hard and I can have a feeling of more white space in spite of crowed calendar. All I know is that at my core, I am hungry for these two core states of being. These two states reflect my core vision.
What are you hungry for? Maybe it’s more connection with others, more passion, support, expression, simplicity, abundance, peace, service, or purpose. Write down the word or phrase that best describes your core vision.
Once you have identified your core vision contemplate what having that really feels like. For example, how do you feel when your life is simplified? How do you feel when you are living from a state of abundance? What’s it look like, what’s it feel like in your body? Bring this core vision to life, embody it, bring it into your consciousness.
My friend, executive coach and Episcopal Priest, Rick Meyers likes to say, “What you appreciate, appreciates.”
This is another way of saying, “Be careful what you pray for…”
Start 2013 off with an appreciation for what you really value. Perhaps what you value is what you want more of. If I had to guess, you don’t need more stuff or more on your calendar or even more information. Feed your soul this year and appreciate what you really value. Then let go, don’t sweat the details and see what you manifest. May it be so.