• Barbara Murphy-Shannon

8 Steps to Start the New Year Off Right

Updated: Feb 17

New Year’s - For many of us, saying “see ya” to last year means we get another chance and are ready to start the new year off right.


But before we kick last year out of our lives, take a moment and self-reflect. What will you remember about 2018? What was positive and you're grateful for? What did you learn and you're proud of? What are your dreams, wishes and hopes for the coming year? Positive, helpful, and loving self-reflection takes conscious effort and is a good practice before starting the new year.

Here are 8 Steps to Start the New Year Off Right.


1. Last year was the year of the________________?

Name the year. Perhaps it was the year of confidence (you took a leap on something you have always wanted to do), the year of forgiveness (making peace with something huge), or the year of change (even baby steps towards that goal count for something). By defining your year, you give yourself something to focus on, and it pinpoints the largest takeaway that you’re carrying into 2019.


2. List three things you are grateful for?

No matter how the year went, there is always something to be grateful for in your life. Expressing gratitude can increase your well-being and help regulate stress, and even a small amount of effort to express gratitude can have a meaningful effect on the recipient of your thanks. Write them a thank you note or why not make gratitude a part of your daily life?


3. List three positive things that happen?

Psychologist Shawn Achor says our brains work in the opposite order. "If you can raise somebody's level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage. Your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral, or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise." This allows your brain to relive it, and teaches your brain that the behavior matters.


4. List three things you’re proud of that happen?

You can take it a step further and write it to yourself. I’m proud of myself for_________.


5. List three things you learned ?

When was the last time you slowed down enough to think about what you accomplished in the previous year, what did you learn? Did you put what you learned into action? If not, make it happen in 2019.


6. List three adventures you had ?

What did you do? Who were you with? Did you take photos? Where are those photos….on your phone? Why not share your experience or make a photo book. Then years from not you can relive the adventure.


7. List three things you’re excited for in the new year?

You cannot change the past, but the future is all you. Do you have goals you want to accomplish? Do you have a plan? Benjamin Franklin,the father of time management,said:"Failing to plan is planning to fail.”


8. List three things you wish for? Your biggest craziest dream?

Think Big. Dream Big. Believe Big, and the results will be BIG.


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Barbara Murphy-Shannon is a Mindset Business Coach for Women Entrepreneurs. She puts out a weekly blog, offers workshops and retreats. Barbara@barbaramurphyshannon.com


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