By Nitika Chopra
So it’s the beginning of a New Year. Everything we thought we would accomplish or had on our 2015 to-do list either happened or it didn’t. And now it’s on to the next. For some of you, that leaves you feeling excited and invigorated about the possibilities that lie ahead. For the rest of you, it makes you want to cry.
You didn't write that book proposal you’d been talking about or find that husband you’d been searching for, and you never moved into your own apartment, leaving behind roommate life for good. I’m here to tell you that no matter what you ended up doing in 2015, it’s all perfect and ok.
I know, I know. That sounds like some self-help mumbo jumbo, but I really want you to take it in. It does you no good whatsoever to constantly ruminate over what last year could have been. All you’re doing is bringing in that old, defeated, and tired energy into the new year.
Personally, I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. I find them to be incredibly unrealistic, and most of all, they lack one of my favorite words — FUN! So although there are a number of things I wanted to complete in 2015, I’ve decided to be proud of myself for striving to achieve them, versus upset at myself for not making them happen. After all, isn’t it about the journey not the destination?
So who’s with me? Are you ready to take on 2016 with a high dose of self-love and a release of your inner critic? If you’re not sure how to get started, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
Follow these 4 steps to take on the New Year like champ.
Step 1: Let go of the bull$#*^.
What are the thoughts and beliefs in your mind that are making you feel like a failure and like you didn’t accomplish enough? Get real with yourself and write every last thought down. Then burn it (safely of course!), and repeat the mantra, “I release anything that’s holding me back and I’m ready to receive prosperity, abundance, and love in 2016.”
Step 2: Set an intention for 2016.
It might sound like a fancier way to say “resolution,” but I promise you it’s different. This intention should set the tone for the whole year ahead. It can be something like, “My intention is to have more compassion for myself and others” or “My intention is to transform my conversation about my finances,” or even “My intention is find a tribe of people I really connect with.” It’s something that can be weaved into every breath of your year, not a pending deadline or goal that you’re using to beat yourself up. See the difference?
Step 3: Share your intention.
Think of three people that love and support you, and share your 2016 intention with them. Make it a sacred share, meaning not only do you share what you’re doing, but be sure to share why this is meaningful to you, and how you hope this will move your life forward on a cellular level this year.
Step 4: Make a vision board.
It helps to visualize your intention. The best way to go about this is to create a vision board that represents your intention fully, and can live in a place that inspires you everyday. Check out my blog post for how to create a powerful vision board.
So schedule some time to get started with this process. Put it on your calendar or maybe even make it a party with your favorite people. Trust me when I say, you’ll feel a whole lot lighter, and most of all, pumped for your best year yet.
Nitika Chopra is a certified life coach, wellness entrepreneur, go-to resource for young women around the globe, and a motivational lifestyle guru. Nitika is on a mission to inspire radical self-love. She is also the host of the talk show Naturally Beautiful on Z Living, which focuses on a holistic approach to beauty from the inside out. Nitika is a passionate, colorful, and inspirational voice supporting people in their journey to access more self-love by creating a lifestyle reflective of it.