I have been away from my studio office and this blog because every year I take a few days (usually the whole first week, sometimes a bit more) off life (yeah, exactly like you take days off work), to reflect, make peace, organize, and plan for the new year. It’s a ritual I have discussed briefly in the past, but while at it this time around, I decided to run a mini series on the topic, since I think it would be beneficial to many during this first month of the year :)
The first topic I want to tackle is, as the title for this post suggests, “looking ahead”. What this means, in essence is letting go off the previous year, no matter how good or bad it was.
There’s a quote that says to stop looking back because you’re not going that way, and that’s the spirit of this first step I consider fundamental in the getting ready for a new year. The past can hold you back and it’s never a good thing, so we need to mentally prepare our heads to turn the page and start again.
Stop beating yourself up for the things you didn’t accomplish, or procrastinated doing.
Stop patting yourself on the back for the things you made happen.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s ok to feel proud about your accomplishments, but you should focus on setting new goals and materializing new dreams.
So start your year with that: Let go of the previous year (and any other past thing you might be holding on).
Maybe even make a ceremony of it? Some people find it helpful to write things down and burn them, I can’t comment on it, but it works for you, go ahead!