08 Dec 24 Powerful Ways To Finish The Year Off Right
Every year, we resolve to be a different person starting on January 1st. But why wait until the New Year takes hold to start making positive changes? This year, challenge yourself to end the year strong, rather than pitting your personal development on a vague point in time in the future. There’s still enough time left to turn this year around – or at the least, to finish it with pride.
1. Donate twenty-five personal belongings.
By the end of the year we have accumulated a lot of junk. Pick twenty-five items: be they books, articles of clothing or household objects that you can live without, and donate them to a good cause. You won’t miss the clutter heading into the new year, and you’ll rest easier knowing that someone else is putting them to good use.
2. Make a list of the fifteen best things you did this year.
365 days is a long stretch of time – long enough for us to forget our own accomplishments and triumphs throughout. Sit down and write a list of every tiny victory you’ve encountered in the past year – fifteen at a minimum, infinity at a maximum. You may be surprised at all the tiny mountains you’ve conquered over the past twelve months, without ever recognizing them as such.
3. Make a list of five things you wish you’d done this year, but didn’t.
Just as we have to take notice of our triumphs, we also ought to take notice of the places where we sold ourselves short. Make a list of what you meant to accomplish this year, but never got around to. And then ask yourself how you’re going to make sure you make it happen now.
4. Extend a genuine and heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to the people who got you through the year.
Think of all your lowest points throughout the year. Ask yourself who was still standing beside you in those moments. And then let those people know exactly how much they’ve meant to you. Those who help us with an open heart often aren’t aware of how much of an impact they have – so it’s our job to let them know. And to give them the thanks they deserve.
5. Sever the ties you know you ought to.
The person you need to let go of. The job that you need to stop working. The situation that has been dragging you down throughout the year – it’s time to make the affirmative decision to let it all go. Why bring your baggage into the new year? If cutting off ties is going to hurt, let it hurt now. And let the new year be a place where you start over.
6. Apologize for all of the mistakes you made this year.
There’s no time like the year’s end to take accountability for what you did wrong along the way. Take this opportunity to own up and make amends with anyone you hurt over the past twelve months. It’s never to late to say you’re sorry. And you may just be giving somebody the exact closure they need heading into the New Year…
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