Here’s a way to start the New Year right…
It’s the time of year to start making a list of the things you’d like to leave behind in 2017.
A few years ago, my husband and I adopted a very helpful year-end tradition that has proven to be both effective and fun. For us, and other folks that aren’t fans of a new years resolution list, making a list of the things we’d like to leave behind from 2017 allows us to create space for the things we really want to have in our lives in the New Year.
We usually start our lists over Thanksgiving Day weekend and then add to them up until New Year’s Eve. We’re a little late getting our lists started this year, but there’s still plenty of time!
One note to folks new to this, be sure you can print your leave behind list, and then late on Dec 31st, say a little “goodbye” to your entire list and do something dramatic with it like burn it in your fireplace or a beach bonfire, or tear it up and flush it down the toilet or bury it in the sand at the beach or in the dirt in the woods or somewhere other than your backyard (it’ll still be “around” if you do that).
Some of my “leave behinds” from prior lists include:
* Buying things that we can easily just borrow from others
* Socializing with people that never ask me a single question
* Feeling obligated to do things that I just don’t feel 100% good or positive about
* Being jealous of my spouse’s devotion to Rachel Maddow
* Driving instead of riding my bike to do local errands
* Vampires (“…people that feed on negativity, on shooting down ideas and most of all, on extinguishing your desire to make things better.” For more on this see this post from Seth Godin.
* My sweet tooth (this one is always on my list…sigh)
* Hit and runs (read more about this in this LinkedIn post)
Hope these give you a sense of some things that might be worth leaving behind and you consider giving a list like this a try for 2017!
Enjoy the holidays and here’s to a very happy and prosperous 2018!
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