This is an ideal time to let go of all the worst parts of the past year and look forward with hope and optimism.
“Any new beginning is forged from the shards of the past, not from the abandonment of the past.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
I believe there are always lessons to be learnt from our history.
When you look back, how do you answer the following questions?
Your responses to these questions can help create your intentions for this New Year.
What do you have in mind for this year? Do you have a purpose or plan?
As a New Year begins recent counselling conversations have included these intentions.
Knowing my strengths and creating new opportunities
Becoming more proactive and in charge of my life.
Improving my lifestyle, health and wellbeing
Building a sense of hope and optimism
Making a difference in my community, family, and relationship
Improving my interactions with people
Do any of these resonate with you?
A popular intention to be more courageous and move out of a comfort zone has also emerged in recent sessions.
Mandela describes this notion beautifully below:
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~Nelson Mandela
A common problem with developing intentions and purpose is that they become too vague and wishy-washy.
Make your purpose and intentions concrete, realistic and accountable.
It’s so easy to get distracted and lose sight of what matters. We get distracted, maybe complacent. Therefore, any intentions for the year need to be kept in mind.
Instead of abandoning the purpose and intention of your year have them show up as reminders. You can do this in a number of ways: