5 Tips for a Powerful New Year Renewal

A new year feels deeply meaningful and personal to us. We get the opportunity to reflect on everything that brought us to this point. Where we are right now is the strongest position to be in, because this is what defines where we go next and all that we do for the days, weeks, and months ahead. Whatever your year has brought to you can be sifted through a lens of wisdom and acceptance, in doing so you allow space for forward movement. The most important thing is to persevere, we never know what is in store until we simply continue- come what may. Here are 5 tips for a powerful renewal in the coming year.

“Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instil in us”- Hal Borland

1. Continue

Our challenges do not define us; it’s how we move past them that builds our character and reinforces our inner strength. Circumstances are always open to change as long as we continue towards new possibilities. Tough times can close us off from the beauty of chance as doubt feeds into our thoughts, but an undefeated heart is one that beats with purpose and meaning. Don't choose to be defeated; decide to continue to find better days ahead. Life is an experience sewn with highs as well as the lows, we need to show up for the whole package and forge ahead with our inner courage.

2. Own your story

We all have our own beautiful and sometimes painful story. Whatever your story is, embrace it with love and full responsibility for all it holds. If we fight against everything that made us who we are, then we give up our power to each situation, person, or environment that played their part in the pages of our journey. Accept everything as a part of you- the pain, the failures, the seemingly wrong turns, and the people that challenged you. It is only by realizing our own power that we actually begin to draw it back to us. We can create something great from everything that knocked us to our knees as long as we believe that we can.

3. Focus

Worry is a constant replay in our mind of the worst potential outcomes. If we continue to be burdened by negativity, then that is inevitably what will arise from the pattern of our thinking. We can choose to redirect our focus on what we do want; we can decide to cut short the inner feuding that we often contend with as our mind battles with our heart. We fuel our higher intentions by applying ourselves to what is now rather than what is to come and shaping visions toward our aspirations that rely on our integrity to see them through. Rigid thinking interrupts and constricts the flow and movement that is life’s fundamental essence- be open to outcomes different to what you may have expected. There is magic in the mystery.

4. Work through Fear

Fear can be reframed and channelled positively. Sometimes, what we're afraid of is what we need to allow our courage and inner reserves of fortitude to materialize. When we attach ourselves to our fears and anxiety they will gain volume and suck us in to limiting paradigms unless we act upon them and utilize that emotion for greater good. We can rise up to our fearful thoughts and deal with them head on- what we run from will always find a way to gather chase. Only we can unfreeze ourselves from our inherent fears and foreboding.

5. Look ahead, not back

We cannot remain prisoners to our past. If we keep ourselves locked into our history, then we suffer in the present and future. Letting go of lies, limits, losses, and mistakes puts you back on the masterful throne of your life. We should not hold onto any mistake or failure simply because we spent a long time making it, sometimes the efforts just won’t meet the outcome but holding our gaze to the rear view mirror only wastes more time. Release what you cannot change and face forward to what you can-that is your power.

“You want it your own way. You’d just like to have a little peace; you’d like to have a little happiness, you know, just “gimme a break!” But the more you think that way, the more you try to get life to come out so that it will always suit you, the more your fear of other people and what’s outside your room grows.” ― Pema Chödrön

If this year has grinded and broken you down, it is because a breakthrough awaits you. Keep getting up and showing up!

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