Creating a New Year that you desire and deserve is more than just a New Year’s resolution. Each year almost 50% of the population commit to a New Year’s resolution. Of that 50%, only 8% are successful in achieving their goal. In 2012, the top six resolutions were:
- Lose weight.
- Get organized.
- Spend less, save more.
- Enjoy life to the fullest.
- Staying fit and healthy.
- Learn something exciting.
Personally, I do not make a New Year’s resolution. Instead, I set the intention for the life I would like to live for the year ahead – a way of BEing versus DOing. I begin with enjoying time with my daughters in creating our Dream Boards for the year ahead. This year I created something very different to what I have in years gone by. I allowed my creativity to flow, and created this dream board that speaks to the softer, simpler and more creative side of me.
6 Steps to Create a New Year Your Desire and Deserve
Step 1 – Creating Your Dream Board
Start by connecting to your dreams by asking some thought-provoking questions:
- If you were living the life you want to live, how would you feel?
- What is it that you value?
- What do you want more of in your life?
- What do you want less of in your life?
- At the end of 2013, what will make you proud?
Once you have an idea of what you want in 2013, it’s time to allow your creative juices to flow. Have fun, enjoy this time for you. Go through magazines, photo albums, newspapers and cut out images, words, quotes or anything that speaks to you.
Board: you can use poster board, canvas panels, and/or fabrics.
Medium: you can use paints, markers, pencils, and/or crayons.
All of the above can be picked up inexpensively at a dollar store.
For my dream board I used a primed canvas panel, which I painted with acrylic paint. I used cuttings from magazines, and rocks. I laid them out on a piece of paper the size of my canvas and then used a hot glue gun to adhere it all to the canvas board.
Step 2 – Breaking it Down
For each of the dreams I have on my board, I break each one down.
A Healthy Balance: for me this is about physical and mental health. What are the steps I need to do to create this?
- Exercise three times a week.
- Eat five healthy meals a day.
- Meditate daily.
- Journal and reflect daily.
Memories our Family is Making: this is about spending quality time with my family.
- Being present.
- Volunteering at school activities.
- Adventurous vacations.
- Create together.
Step 3 – Accountability
Sit down with your family and/or friends and talk to them about your intentions for 2013. How do you see them fitting into your plans, and ask them for support in helping you stick to your goals. It’s always a benefit to have an accountability partner – someone you can check in with on a regular basis to hold you accountable and help you stay true to your intentions and goals.
Step 4 – Plan for Setbacks
Life has a way of throwing hurdles and challenges at you. Often, when this happens, the first thing to falter are your goals or intentions. Recognize situations or circumstances that may get in your way. Plan for them, prepare for them. And always, give yourself grace when life does get in the way. As soon as you can, step back on course. Ensure you have a support team – click HERE for a template of an Emotional Health Plan.
Step 5 – Check In
Be sure to check in on your intentions and goals daily. Have your dream board located in a visible spot that you can see every day. Look at it, visualize your intentions as real and already happening.
Step 6 – Celebrate
On a regular basis, celebrate your intentions that have come to fruition, including your daily intentions. The simplest way of doing this is by writing in a gratitude journal. Each night, reflect on what you are grateful for. Celebrate larger goals in a way that honours you and encourages you to keep going.
My Wish for You in 2013
May you be present to the ones you love – beginning with self.
May you be surrounded with joy and love.
May you be open to all the possibilities ahead of and within you.
May you be blessed with healthy choices.
Happy New Year everyone.