The beginning of the New Year is a powerful time to get really clear on what we want to let go of and what we’d like to invite in. While most of us start the New Year with the best of intentions, it’s easy to create half-hearted resolutions that fall by the wayside a few weeks into January. To get clear on your vision and follow through on your intentions, use this simple, yet powerful writing exercise to shine a light on the areas that need to be cleared out, so you can create space to design the year and the life that you deserve.
Give thanks, let go, and invite in.
Write out three columns on a sheet of paper. Title the first column “I am grateful for…”, the second column “I let go of…”, and the third column “I invite in…” Then fill in the blanks for each column. Make a list in the first column of all of the things that you are grateful for in your life, another list of all of the things that no longer serve you in the second column, and a final list of all of the things you are inviting in. Use the tips below for help when crafting your list in each column.
1. I am grateful for…
Gratitude is the quickest way to change our state. Multiple studies have confirmed that gratitude is an effective way to boost our mood, reduce depression and improve our psychological health. In this column, make a list of all the things you are grateful for in your life. Focus on what you currently have, not on what you are lacking. Gratitude naturally attracts the energy of abundance and shifts our lens to see the beauty in our lives. Gratitude fundamentally changes our relationship with the world around us and can help us release toxic emotions like jealousy, resentment, and regret.
2. I let go of…
We must clear out the old before we can invite in the new. What are you no longer willing to carry with you? What weight have you been shouldering? What resentments have you been harboring? What negative habits have prevented you from accessing your greatest health and wellbeing? What limiting beliefs have kept you stuck? In other words, what must you be willing to let go of, so you can create space to call in your heart’s greatest desire and your life’s highest purpose? Celebrate what you have learned from any mistakes and missteps. Ask yourself what are the consequences if I continue holding onto this? And how would my body, heart and spirit feel different if I were to let go of this? As Lao Tzu says, “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”
3. I invite in…
Now that you’ve created space by letting go, it’s time to call in your dreams, hopes and desires. Sit quietly for a moment and listen for the calling of your heart. What can you call in that moves you forward? What nurtures your spirit and nourishes your soul? What makes your heart sing? What would you do if you knew you could not fail? What do you want to accomplish and what does a life aligned with your true purpose look and feel like? There are no rules limiting you, so dream big and allow your pen to move freely without emotional or physical restriction.
To help crystallize your intentions into reality, write them down in the present tense. For example, I AM a homeowner versus I WANT to buy a home. Writing in the present tense declares to the universe that you are ready to receive NOW. Be as specific as possible when crafting your list of things you are inviting in and give yourself a timeline to hold yourself accountable for following through.
Keep this list somewhere that is always accessible – refer to it often, and feel free to revise it as your vision expands throughout the year. Bestow your heart with the courage and devotion to release what holds you back, and shine the spotlight on your highest dreams.