Wrapping up the old year and starting a new one with conscious intent can be a powerful process, and it doesn’t have to be a big deal. For this reason, I’d like to offer you two simple ways to usher in a more intentional and light-hearted 2017 …
#1: Choose two words
The most beautifully simple way I know to find closure for this year and move bravely on, is to take just a few minutes to decide on two words:
1. One word to define what happened in 2016.
2. One word to define your guiding intent for 2017.
The beauty of this exercise is that it side-steps all the fluff, and asks you to get to the guts of things.
Coaching tip: One sure-fire way to sabotage your ability to live with intent, is by making the things you want for yourself so big and heavy that they overwhelm rather than inspire.
Be sure, therefore, to choose a 2017 word/intent that brings you joy (not stress) and a sense of lightness (not weight). Feel into it, and realise that sometimes the very best thing you can do for yourself is to let go of certain weighty expectations that have been dragging you down.
My example: For 2016, the word I’ve chosen for myself is ‘Roots.’
Despite my well-laid plans to ‘do more’ in 2016, it was a year rich with introspection and inner work. Looking back, I actually did need that time to ground myself amidst the craziness of the world, and the word Roots is an acknowledgement of my growing ability to stay centred and upright amidst the chaos.
My intent for 2017 is ‘Blossom.’
I didn’t like this word at first, with my immediate response being, ‘How cheesy!’ It kept coming back into my head, however, and on reflection, it is really the best word to guide me through the coming year.
Why? The opening of a blossom comes naturally. It’s a word that speaks to the ease which can come when I step into the flow of life, rather than continually struggling against it, and is also a great reminder to my introvert self that there is a lot of joy to be had from sharing my knowledge and ideas with a wider audience.
#2: Make a joyful promise to yourself
In place of your usual New Years resolutions this year, why not choose to make a promise to yourself that will actively bring you joy?
- I promise to love my friends more and to pay more attention to the things that are important to them
- I promise to find something to laugh about when I’m feeling low
- I promise to really enjoy cake every time I eat it
- I promise to look into my partners eyes more, and notice new things about them each day
- I promise to sing louder and more bodaciously every time I’m in the shower
- I promise to speak my mind more, and learn to deal with the consequences
Coaching tip: The most important thing here is your own sense of self-connection. What brings YOU joy will not be the same thing that brings someone else joy. Moreover, what brings you joy TODAY, will not be the same thing that brought you joy last year, last month, or even yesterday! Feel into it, and only make promises that feel truly joyful and free.
My Example: my promise is to myself this year is to put time and effort into making our family meals more varied, fun, and delicious! It took me a while to settle on this one, since my analytical mind kept insisting that I focus all my energy on my coaching business and life purpose!
When I sat honestly with myself, however, the thought of spending even more time on my coaching business this year left me feeling heavy. After letting go of that, it then dawned on me that since I’ve had Arno (my toddler) and started my business, I’ve really dropped the ball on what used to be a huuuuge passion of mine: AMAZINGLY GOOD FOOD!
The boring and rushed meals I’ve been creating lately have really been sapping my energy, and if I look at my quality of life, improving mealtimes is actually the best investment of my time right now. What a surprise!
Coaching offerings in the New Year
If you are interested in being coached, now is a great time to start! Starting January 9th through to the end of February, I’m offering some significant discounts on my coaching services.
Clarity Booster: 2 sessions for $199 (save $50)
Clear the cobwebs of thought and confusion that have been blocking you from seeing the bigger picture of your life. Get the support you need to shift gears, and start 2017 with a clearer, more empowered perspective.
To claim this discount, contact me here.
Time for a change: Sign up for 4 or more sessions and receive 1 session free (save $125)
If there is a specific behaviour, situation, or lingering emotion in your life that you’ve been wanting to shift, now is your chance. Come into a deeper connection with yourself, learn how to create positive feedback loops in your mind and emotions, and shift your behaviour into a new direction with my support.
To claim this discount, contact me today.
Break Through to You Great Story Programme: 30% discount
I’m truly excited to offer this revolutionary Break Through coaching programme in 2017. This is the programme for you if you would like to :
- Understand the genesis of repeated self-sabotaging thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and how to bust past them, permanently.
- Identify the powerful hidden passions you've been unconsciously sliding around your entire life.
- Create a brighter future for yourself by shifting your daily habits, mindset, and beliefs.
Wishing you much love and a joyous New Year. Bring it on 2017!