It’s a few days into the New Year… the holidays are over, a full work week and weekend have passed, life-as-usual is back in full swing… how are your resolutions holding up?
I know I’ve already let a few things slide but, one of my resolutions was to be easy on myself and let go of perfectionism so, I’m not going to beat myself up for the things I didn’t do. Instead, I’m celebrating the good things that I did do for myself, no matter how small. And, who said you can only make decisions for positive change on January 1st, anyway? I’ll admit I like the ritual of closing out one year and heading into a whole new year; putting a period at the end of December and starting a new chapter with January. But why can’t we treat each Sunday-Monday the same way? Just without the champagne and midnight fireworks. (Unless you like being tired and hungover every Monday morning.) Seriously though, let’s reflect upon the previous week each Sunday, celebrate our successes, release our failures (after reviewing them for lessons learned,) reaffirm the habits we’ve decided to implement and dive back into our good intentions on Monday!
Here are a few ways to implement this idea:
Create a weekly ritual
If you already have a New Year ritual that you love, try that or a modified version of it. For instance, on New Year’s Eve I like to do a Burning Bowl Ceremony; I burn strips of paper on which I’ve written what I’m releasing from the previous year. After symbolically letting go of the old, I then write down what I want to bring into my life in the new year. Now this might not be practical for a weekly practice, if I’m traveling I might not be able to burn paper. For the times when fire’s not an option, I suppose I could write on toilet paper and flush away the old. No matter the situation, you can bring a sense of ceremony to it; take a few deep breaths, center yourself, play some gentle music, burn candles or incense if possible… you get the idea. Make it a special moment in your day.
Make a gratitude / resolution journal
Writing in a journal each week is a great way to keep track of your journey this year! If you already have a journaling practice, you can use your current journal for this but, I think it would be helpful to have this in a separate book. Or, if you have an old-school hand-written planner do your weekly review in there, maybe closing out the end of the workweek on Friday evening. (And if you have a really awesome inspirational planner, it might already have a section just for this purpose!) On Sunday, (or Friday,) reflect on the previous week, think about what you’ve accomplished, any wins you’ve had no matter how small… If it helps to think of this as a gratitude journal for this part of the process, do that. Then, think about your goals for the year, jot them down again (you’ll do this every week but your goals will change as the year progresses; some will be accomplished and others will evolve) and also write down one thing you can do each day of the next week to bring you closer to your desires. Oh! And just like with the wins, don’t leave out the small goals, the small ones are usually the first to be achieved and achieving any goal on your list feels wonderful! Also, if this resonates with you, consider adding the phrase “this or something greater, for the highest good of all” to the end of your list, leaving yourself open to beautiful manifestations you hadn’t even conceived of yet.
Monthly is good, too!
If the idea of making weekly resolutions sounds like just one more resolution to let slide, then consider doing it on the first of every month instead. Or, maybe with the cycles of the moon: a ceremony for releasing the old during the Full Moon and another for bringing in the new with the New Moon. Actually, I really like that idea! There’s something so primal, so essential about working with the phases of the moon, no wonder humans have been doing it for centuries. Here’s a link to a moon phase calendar if that resonates with you, too.
No matter how you decide to do it, (weekly… with the moon… at the beginning of each month… or even at the beginning of each new season!) you’ll accomplish more of your goals this year if you check back in with yourself before the end of December. (This is really a reminder for myself that I decided to share.) I’m looking forward to some major positive changes this year and I wish the same for you, too!
P.S. – In the comments below, tell me how you plan to keep up with your resolutions this year. Are you going to try the Burning Bowl? Or the Gratitude/Resolution Journal? Or do you already have a favorite ritual to help keep you on track this year? I’d love to hear about it, I’m always open to learning new techniques. Let’s help each other make 2015 the best year yet!