Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. – Seneca
Life can change in a split second. The moment of revelation, or decision, or when perspective shifts. Often all it takes is a split second. It doesn’t matter what day it is. Life does not wait for the New Year to start, or Monday morning to start a new routine. What that means is that you don’t need to either. Possibilities for change and for growth are year around.
Yet, we continue to make New Year’s resolutions. We continue to create monthly, weekly, daily goals. We try often to start things on a Monday, or on the first of the month, or on our birthday, or some such “rational” beginning. While I make plenty of decisions and changes regardless of the date, I, too like to review my year, and set goals for the following year.
I suppose it feels tidy. A new year feels like a new beginning, even though it’s same old us moving forward in time. It just comes with that sense of optimism, of hope, of possibilities. But before you can embrace new possibilities, you need to take stock of your current situation, and that’s where the end of year mental cleansing comes in. Don’t get put off by the word “cleansing.” We aren’t going to go into fluffy nonsense. That’s not how Kaizen Warriors function.
However, for most us, our increasingly busy and crammed modern lives mean that our minds are just FULL. They are full to the brim of thoughts, worries, goals, dreams, wishes, desires, fears, everything. Often all that once. Sometimes to the point of explosion. That’s where regular journaling helps. That’s where good friends that you can vent to help. But sometimes you just need to do a focused cleansing in order to create that new beginning.
Now that December’s almost at the end, that’s my aim, and I want to share with you how I am going about this mental cleansing. All of which is done through journaling, but of course the life you lead will impact it, because our minds don’t wait until we are journaling to process our thoughts.
I hope these prompts will, well, prompt you to squeeze in some journaling during the holidays. (Bad pun, I know) I hope it will also help you have a clearer mind before you firm up your 2017 goals. Because you are going to have goals right? Remember, if you don’t even know where you want to end up, you may spend a lot of time blundering about.
Of course you can use these prompts any time you like, but it is a good idea to get into them daily so that you are mentally ready for your new goals at the beginning of January. Millions of people set resolutions, but I always prefer to set goals instead, as there is more of a chance of sticking to them. Don’t obsess too much about your answers. The aim is to get clarity – half of which means just getting stuff out of your head. Once it’s out there on the page, you will see more clearly, and you will spot the patterns more easily.
As you respond to the prompts over the next 8 days, keep asking yourself how this year went. Focus on facts and feelings. Check if your perception and truths match, or if they are at odds with each other.
Just keep writing. Keep digging deep. You won’t only have a better awareness of your year, but you may also end up creating memories of your year which you can cherish.
Happy Journaling, and let’s welcome 2017 with gusto!