Gifts have been unwrapped, the Christmas meal has been enjoyed, that chocolate selection box is almost finished – yep, sadly the festive season is over folks! I hope you’ve all had a beautiful festive season and ready to greet the new year with open arms.
The lull between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day is when I really get my teeth into mindfully thinking about what I want from the new year, how I want to improve and grow. This normally involves sitting down with my new planner (I got a beautiful kikki.K one this year) and a pile of pretty notebooks, coloured pens and a huge mug of tea. I love getting organised and the initial stages of designing a year of doing what I love and reaching my dreams.
I have lots that I want to achieve over the next 365 days, and using The Desire Map has really helped me to channel my intentions, who I want to be and what I want to achieve in 2017. Over the past few days, I’ve been working on manifesting my dreams over the next year using some key pointers, which I’m sharing with you today.
The Power of Reflection
One of the best places to start when shaping your new year is to have some quiet time to reflect on the one that has just passed. What were your biggest successes in 2016? What pushed you through to help you achieve these accomplishments? Also, it’s also useful to pull out the negatives too. What were the least shining moments of last year and why? I know it’s no fun focusing on the bad, but it’s incredibly helpful to pinpoint what went wrong to learn and grow from it.
Learning is the Very Heart of Growth
Educating yourself is at the very heart of personal development and growth. Having a good think about what you would like to learn this year is another brilliant starting point for manifesting those goals. It will encourage you to prioritise your dreams, explore new ventures, reach out and progress.
Pinpointing What You Want to Achieve
Of course, you can’t manifest any dreams if you don’t make any – so, what would you like to achieve in 2017? Where are you mostly going to invest your time and energy? I like to set a word or theme for the year, which helps me to focus when thinking about how I want my year to pan out.
Create a Visualisation Board
I like to have a visualisation board, basically a noticeboard, with magazine cut outs, postcards, and photos that have a theme or motivation behind them to help me achieve my dreams. Throughout the year, I change things around or add new things to my board depending on what I am working towards at the time. Hanging a visualisation board in your office or bedroom is a great way to stay on track to help you manifest your dreams.
Let Go of the ‘How’
Sometimes we over think things and even though I’m a planner, sometimes for things to manifest we have to just go with the flow and let them happen. Rather than focusing on how you’re going to get there focus on the overall aim; free up some space in your life to allow your dreams to manifest and be flexible as to how they arise.