Happy last Friday of the decade, Ambitious Fam! Now that the Christmas season is officially over, it’s time to start thinking about how you want to show up for the new year. Setting yourself up to have a successful year goes beyond making resolutions, it takes a dash of intentionality and a dose of preparation.
Here are my 5 tips for manifesting a successful new year:
Clean and Declutter
Remember how big Marie Kondo was this time of year last year? There is something to cleaning and declutter your space at the start of the year. Your physical environment can sometimes be a reflection of and affect your mental environment. Don’t go into 2020 with the same ol’ mess of organization projects that you have been putting off (talking to myself here haha).
Indulge in Self Care
This one may seem like a vanity measure (and something that you should be doing often), but sometimes I operate on the “look good, feel good” motto. Indulging in a little bit of primping and self-care can help you feel your best and like you have a headstart on the new year. When I go into a new year with an outfit that I feel good in or my eyebrows done, I feel like I can conquer the world. I’m also looking forward to my last hard workout of the year because it reminds me of my strength and the progress that I have made. Yesterday, Tomi of GoodTomiCha mentioned that she booked her hydro facial so that she could go into the new year with clean skin and honestly–so relatable! Do something that will make you feel unstoppable.
Re-listen to Favorite Inspirational Books
In addition to getting my physical space in order, I also plan to get my mental space in order by relistening to my favorite inspirational books. This year, my list of books includes Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Rachel Hollis fires me up like no other and I really enjoyed the way that Gretchen Rubin mapped out her year throughout her book. If you are looking for other book recommendations to get you in the right headspace for 2020, check out last year’s post where I shared the 2 books that you need to read for a BOSS mindset HERE.
Reflect on 2019 (lessons learned, accomplishments)
There are so many ways that you can reflect on your year. I personally like to write a letter to my old self about the things that I have to look forward to (see the previous years’ letters here and here). However you choose to do it, reflection is an important part of growth. It allows you to look back and examine what worked and areas of improvement. In addition, I like to look back on the positive aspects of my year to remind myself of the good times had and to amp me up for the possibilities of the new year.
Set Goals for the New Year
Speaking of getting amped for the new year, my last and favorite step is to set goals for the new year! Setting goals provides your year with a purpose and a roadmap for everything that you want to accomplish. If you couldn’t tell by my monthly Bucket List posts or challenges, I am a pretty goal-oriented person. I have goals in almost every area of my life and I use my Start Today journaling practice as a reminder to always be working towards them. If you’re not super into setting goals for everything that you do (the Type 3 in me can’t relate) start by just setting one goal and think about the actionable steps that you can take to reach it.