Then, I started having these big, yearly goals - living in the USA, living in Europe, coming back to Belgium – and give them all my attention and energy, not really worrying about what else would happen. They were a fun couple of years, focusing on the big decisions and letting the rest surprise me.
But now I feel like taking more action and responsibility in creating my own life. I know I can’t control every single thing and it’s not about that. It’s about starting a new year – and a new cycle of life, in my case – with a clear vision of how you want your life to unfold and what concrete actions you can take in order to achieve that.
The Create Your Amazing Life Workbook, by Leonie Dawson is making me think in detail and putting me in the best mindset for making things happen.
It starts by Celebrating and Releasing the past year. Maybe you just want to forget things that happened this year; or maybe you’re clinging to good and fun things that won’t come back. Either way, give thanks and let go. I wrote about the lessons I learned this year, the ways I was transformed, what dreams came true and why I’m happy today. I made a big gratitude list and let go.
I opened space for the new wonderful things to come.
How do you want to feel during the year? What will you give yourself this year? When everything sucks, what will you turn to? (It’s very handy to have this list around. I wrote down everything that makes me feel better, because when you’re sad it’s easy to sink even more.)
Leonie also prompts us to make lists of good habits, mottos and affirmations to hang/paste around the house. She encourages us to dream big and to dare writing our wildest goals down. Then, she shows us how to break it down in smaller steps.
I had never thought about planning my year like this. Sure, I’ve promised myself to eat healthier and exercise more, but it’s so easy to forget and slip into old habits and routines.
I’ve completed my workbook and I’ll review it every month to keep me on track of my gorgeous plans and challenges (Publish a book! Lose weight! Go to Brazil!). I’m sure the reminders, calendars and posters will help.
What are your big dreams for next year?