Just as the lunar cycle renews itself every 28 days with a new moon, the calendar year, after a dozen months ends in December, bringing a new year. The opportunity arises for us to renew and replenish what is important to us and make goals for the future.
But what if, before we look ahead, we look back? What if we first spend some time celebrating with gratitude what we have manifested over the past year?
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The new year is a powerful opportunity for you to align with a clear vision of your path, to set intentions, and to step into positive new beginnings. Taking time to gain clarity and focus for attracting your heartfelt desires in the future is a compelling practice. With a new year just around the corner, it is an optimal time for planning and seeding your intentions.
Kelly Spencer – Happy Healthy YOU
(A wellness column by Kelly Spencer: writer, life coach, yoga & meditation teacher, holistic healer and a mindful life enthusiast!)
So yes, make your lists of goals, dreams and desires and get clear on your intentions but first take some time to celebrate all that you were capable of, all that you accomplished and all that you manifested over this past year.
Recently, on a social media group for women entrepreneurs, the page administrator asked everyone to list all their accomplishments for 2018.
“All this talk of 2019 what about 2018? List your accomplishments – it’s been a long year! I’m sure you have lots!”
I started reading the celebratory and inspiring lists of other women’s words. “Trusting my husband to move our family.” “Started my home business.” “Started volunteering.” The were written by many.
Author Thomas Leonard shares his 28 Laws of Attraction. In No. 7, Market Your Talents Shamelessly, he shares a brilliant distinction between confidence and arrogance. He says, “Confidence is knowing exactly what you do well and don’t do well; arrogance is a way to cover up what you don’t do well.” When you celebrate your successes, it will motivate you to achieve more, which in turn, will elevate your confidence even more.
I decided to join the fun. When I started mentally reviewing my year, I was surprised by how many things had happened over the last 12 months that were worth praising. Often when we look ahead and set goals, we examine where we are challenged or where we want to shift or change. And while there were many challenges to the last year, the celebration of accomplishments were plentiful as well.
In the words of Oprah Winfrey, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
We all deserve to have our accomplishments be recognized. When we condition our mind for success, anything is possible. Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goals to be proud of yourself. Celebrate every step along the way. Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk acknowledges that he has a hard time celebrating wins because he “loves the climb.” However, if you are always focusing on ‘what is next’, then you will feel lessened and left feeling like you are always coming from behind. When you also celebrate the small wins, no matter how tough life gets, it will create the confidence and momentum that you need in order to keep going. According to an article in the Harvard Business Review, there is power in small wins, and it’s the fulfillment that comes from making progress on meaningful goals.
Celebrating our achievements, no matter how small they may seem creates the energy of gratitude. Perhaps you can be grateful for simply learning to cope more effectively with every day stress. Your victorious success might be something bigger like a healthy job change or achieving a goal.
Celebrating our achievements assists us to enjoy the climb as well. I had literally been writing, editing, writing, working on graphics and so on for one of my books for almost 10 years! I was so nervous to publish it and release it to the world. As I now receive positive testimonials from those that have read my books, I now understand that the journey was a key part to the process and I carry a new appreciation for those years. I know that I will remember this, when I take on my next big project.
Trust and appreciate the process.
Author Robert Holden, of Authentic Success, explains how we must redefine success to encompass the journey to get there. It’s not enough to focus on the prize because many people who achieve success find they are more unfulfilled than before: “It is my experience that many people relate to success as something to celebrate at the end of their days, when they finally “get there.” All their energy is invested in a ticket that will get them to a land called “there.” But life isn’t just about “getting there”; it is also about “being here” and enjoying your journey.”
Celebrating yourself is a mindful task of self-compassion because it increases self-kindness and decreases self-criticism. It asks us to stop, notice and appreciate.
Think of all the holidays in a calendar year listing all the celebrations. Celebrating gives life meaning. Rather than seeking approval and praise externally, what if you got serious about going inward to make a list? What if each month, you wrote on your calendar “celebrate me day”?
Celebrating yourself increases how you value yourself, which sets you up to be more successful in life. And if you want more delicious feeling of joy, pleasure and happiness creating a mindful, positive outlook of your life, celebrating yourself will increase your capacity.
Grab a pen and paper, sit down in a quiet and reflective manner, begin in January of this past year and go down memory lane, fondly appreciating all the big and small victories and accomplishments each month, as the year comes to a close.
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