Ready to reset yourself for a new year? I know we all could say millions of things about 2020, but let’s keep our mindset in a good space and focus on the reset for a new year. I like to give myself grace at the end of the year, but the days of not taking inventory of what occurred no longer exist. It’s absolutely necessary.
The thing about unlearning habits and limiting beliefs is at some point you start to realize you can choose what you want and it doesn’t have to look like the things we’ve been told it’s supposed to look like. Choosing though, comes from taking inventory. The opportunity to reset yourself, comes from taking inventory. That said lets get right into 7 ways to reset yourself for a new year.
Reset Yourself and Process Your Year
To reset yourself for a new year, use the last few weeks, and holidays of the current year to process all that went down. It’s easy to say “throw the whole year away” and while we may be joking, it doesn’t mean we should just let it go without at least looking back on it. Answering questions and journaling are my favorite ways to process and reflect so below I’ve included 10 questions to get you going.
- What new things did 2020 teach me about myself?
- Top 10 highlights from 2020?
- Top 5 disappointments from 2020?
- How am I different this year compared to last year?
- What was the most challenging part about 2020 and how did I deal with it?
- Top 5 Lessons Learned in 2020?
- What is something you would love to overcome in 2021?
- How do I plan on making 2021 a year to remember?
- What is something I want to do more of in 2021? Something I want to do Less of?
- What is a huge goal that you want to accomplish in 2021 that scares the heck out of you?
Forgiveness is always for us and never for others; that includes forgiving ourselves. As you prepare to reset yourself for a new year, it’s essential to forgive yourself. We all have expectations for ourselves and things that we want to do and when we fall short or things don’t always pan out, we tend to beat ourselves up over it and without realizing we create a relationship of resentment with ourselves.
We all know Mike Todd of Transformation Church; he has a series called ‘FU’ which stands for Forgiveness University. ‘FU’ was a helpful way to learn true forgiveness, but then actually put it into action. A lot of people don’t forgive. People literally say things like “I would never forgive a person if that happened to me” when the truth is there is already unforgiveness that is planted and usually is ourselves that we cannot forgive. Saying that to say you won’t be able to forgive anyone else until you REALLY truly forgive yourself. I would highly encourage watching his Forgiveness University Series.
Acknowledge All of The Good Things That Occurred and Make Peace With What Didn’t
Similar to how we say “throw the whole year away” truly allowing yourself to reset for a new year comes from acknowledging ALL of the good things that occurred, but also making peace with what didn’t. Good things occurring doesn’t only have to look like a new home, wedding or a baby. It can look like starting a new job or leaving a toxic one. It can look like starting a business, generating income from said business, the list goes on.
Celebrating yourself doesn’t only have to be on a grand scale. One way that my husband and I acknowledge what we have done over a year is by writing the activities or outings we’ve had each month. This year didn’t have THAT many outings, but the drive-in, my birthday, boating with friends, getting married; there are A LOT of really amazing things we had the opportunity to do, EVEN IN a pandemic so to be able to look at how full our year actually was instead of only focusing on the bad has been so rewarding.
In contrast, to properly reset yourself for a new year, make peace with what didn’t get done. There is no way to go back and fix it; it’s already finished. All you can do is use that fuel to push you into 2021.
Declutter Your Inbox
I don’t know about ya’ll but too many subscriptions, too many newsletters, too many notifications gives me anxiety. I’ve already started decluttering my inbox and unsubscribing from places that are just taking up space. This may seem like a huge task and depending on how many emails you have it can be.
For Spam or folders that you don’t plan to go through, select all and mass delete. If you need to go through a few things, flip the date from newest to oldest and clean out the oldest stuff first, chances are you most likely don’t need it.
Reset Yourself, Organize and Backup Files
Reset yourself for the new year by investing in an external hard drive. Most people have them, I just snagged one this year and immediately began to move stuff off of my current computer. Fortunately programs like Google Drive and Evernote are great for cloud storage, but I’ve had a computer stolen before and nothing hits different than knowing my external hard drive is full of things I need.
Revisit Core Values
Reset yourself for the new year by revisiting your core values. We evolve and change over time, our personal brands included, so instead of feeling like you have to keep the same energy from your beginning, revisit where you are at the end of each year. Maybe there are some things you no longer want to be known for or some things you feel more aligned to. Whatever it is, make the time to check in with yourself; you always want to be operating from a place of authenticity for your own benefit. It ends up benefiting your audience, but when you know what you want, what you stand for and what is most important to you, you don’t have to look to others to find that.
Choose Your Word For The Year
I don’t know what year I began choosing my “word for the year”, but I love it. 2020 my word was Discipline and I think that will be my word for 2021 as well. Discipline and consistency have made a huge difference in the last 5 months so I really want to turn that up and get some things done that will ultimately put me right where I want to be.
Have fun with it, don’t let this process stress you.