I’ve always loved the changing of the year. Even though there is no tangible difference between Dec 31 and Jan 1, there is somehow an opportunity to reset, start over, and make a change. Somehow it seems that no matter how bad, or good, the previous year was, the turning of the annual clock gives us an opportunity to make the shifts and adjustments that somehow don’t feel very motivating in July.
Here’s what I did to close the door on 2010 and welcome in the new decade of 2011.
I had: my journal, my calendar for 2010 and for 2011, my iPad (how did I live without it?), my giant wall calendar, and a slew of particularly festive colored pens. Oh, yeah – and the brown dog.
I had paid particular attention to how much delicious champagne I was drinking at my festive gathering the night before, knowing that I wanted to be alert to my creative process and not my hangover process! Fortunately I was successful, clear headed and ready to go.
First – I went through my journal entries from 2010. There weren’t many, but I did note several goals, wishes, and affirmations that gave me an idea of what I was desiring and thinking for the year. I also went through my 2010 calendar to see what I had been up to through the year – in all areas of my life.
Then – I did a 2010 review. I made a list of all the smiley face things from the year. Accomplishments, good decisions, and happiness producers. Then I made a list of the frowny face items. Things that didn’t quite make it, unconquered shadows, and goals in progress that I didn’t quite complete. The smiley face list was about 3x as long – cool!
What I had already done in the weeks prior to the end of 2010 was to complete all my planning and goal setting for my businesses. So, I knew what was on the books for that part of my world.
Next – I took stock of my whole kit n’ caboodle and made a list of everything I want to make real in 2011. This included all aspects of my life: health, work, house projects, fun, friends, food, travel, money, marriage… It’s a long list and reading it is super satisfying.
Finally – I reviewed my business goals and charted out all my action steps on my big wall calendar for the first few months. Phew!
I went over my list with my husband, who approved whole heartedly and had a few things to add. Then I went for a walk on the beach with my friend Sue, who did her own process that morning, and we shared plans, processes, and intentions for the coming year.
Being a woman with an overactive brain, this process helps to calm and organize me for the coming year. I’m clear what my intention is, what I want to create, and I have a chart. I can change whatever I want, but at least I know if I’m on track with myself or not.
What about you? Did you take the time reflect on 2010 and set your intention for 2011?
If you did, I’d love to hear how you did that, so tell us in the comments.
If you didn’t, it’s not too late. You don’t have to go through as vigorous a process as I did – that may not be for you.
But do take a few minutes and consider what worked and what didn’t about 2010. Then consider what you want to create in 2011.
Write it down so you have something to look back upon. This is like your 2011 map.
Your map – not someone else’s.