Letting go of the old year…making way for the new

changed prioritiesHow do you mark the passage of the old year?  To complete it in a way that frees you to create a fresh vision and momentum for the new year?

In my own passages, and witnessing those of my clients, I’ve realized how important it is to navigate around the inner critic (who is never satisfied), and the inner pusher (who says you should be doing more).  To tap into a deeper, wiser knowing, one that can acknowledge and celebrate your successes, set-backs and growth in all its fullness. If you don’t do this, you can risk creating a new year in reaction to the last.

Here are a couple ways to help you to complete 2013:

… with the help of the left-brain

Clutter (of our in-boxes, homes, lives) takes up enormous energy.  As work often quietens over the holidays, it’s often a great time to work through those things we never seem to get to. Before you begin working through these things (and risk getting lost in details or spending time on non-essentials), first brainstorm a list of things you’d think you ‘should’ complete before the end of the year.

Then, compassionately and realistically, decide which ones are true priorities (especially those that tug at your heart!), which ones you are willing to carry over or defer into the new year, and which ones you are willing to let go of (by declaring them as unessential, unnecessary or ‘sufficiently completed’).  Once you have decided on your list of  ‘true priorities’ rank them in order of importance before working through them.  Even 15 minutes a day can make a big difference!

…with the help of the heart

Before committing to end-of-the-year projects like the one above, take the time to ask yourself: “What do I really need and long for at this time?”  I’ve found that it’s so easy to get pulled into completing the loose ends of our businesses or work, to responding to the needs of our families and desires of our friends that we forget to ask this question, to prioritize our own selves and desires.

Take the time to check in with yourself and ask which of these activities will energize you or deplete you, and what kind of agreements you could make with yourself in advance to give yourself the kind of holiday season you truly desire.  Even making time to journal each day can have a profound effect on your sense of spaciousness and well-being!

Would you appreciate some help in clearing the old year and planning the new in a way that includes all of you?  Please contact me!

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