January is my favourite month and favourite time of year.
January is the time where we can all look at our lives with endless and renewed possibility. Below are some of my beginning-of-the-year rituals. They
help me reflect back on my life and see how I can make it a truly new experience that exceeds the status quo.
First, I take a look at all the things I did that worked for me and raised my personal power and I write them down. I call them my “Moments Of Power.” MOPs can be big or small.
They can be a business or personal goal I accomplished, a trip I needed and dropped everything to take or a something new I learned along the way. I also write down all the things I am grateful for. This helps me shift my mindset and get motivated.
In fact I try to do this on a regular basis, not just at the beginning of the year. When I forget to do this for a long period of time, my mindset is different than I want it to be. So starting the New Year with a long list of things past and things to come, big and small, helps me visualise where I am, what I have done and where I want to go.
Then I purge. Whether it’s a small purge like cleaning out the crumbs in my silverware drawer, untangling my jewellery or organising my nightstand or a big one like clearing out my closets of dresses I haven’t worn in years and donating to charity,purging gives me a huge feeling of lightness, like a massive weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.
I make a list of goals as if I had no limitations. These are goals I write down no matter how unrealistic they seem at the moment. I write them down as if they were attainable. I ask myself: If I could reach any goal what would I want to do? This is one of the best ways to check in with my and possibly your heart’s desires too. So dream! Dream more than is practical.
Thanks to one of my favourite fitness gurus, Charlene Johnson and her book ‘Push’ which I just finished reading, I have added a Push goal to my list. A Push goal is a goal that is your key focus above all else. It is also the goal that will make many of the other top 10 goals on your list possible.
I invest in myself. Investing in myself means that I do a ton of workshops and personal development training, work with spiritual mentors and personal trainers. It helps me to learn or do something new with new people who have similar goals or are further along than you are. It keeps me motivated and more importantly, it helps me serve my clients and community with new knowledge, energy and creativity. When you expand your world in these ways, doors open, opportunities knock that you never knew existed and new perspectives take shape. You start to see life in new and exciting ways.
Amy Selbach is the owner of Taut Body Studio in Village Market. She is a holistic health coach, personal trainer and Pilates instructor and creator of the Taut Body program that has helped hundreds of her clients lose weight and change their health completely. She also leads life design incubator workshops, the next one starts January 23rd see www.tautbody.com/incubator for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org