In my estimation, the first day of the new year, while exciting as a symbol of new beginnings, is in practice the last day of an extended holiday that started around Christmas. For me, the first day of the year feels like the last day of this period, and the real first day of the year begins when work and my normal routine starts up again.
I always feel like I am coasting for that week or two at the end of the year, and I hope you know that I appreciate the break from the normal work routine, the chance to see family, to rest a little bit, and to think about the accomplishments of the past year, and what I want to do next. I am truly grateful for this holiday time, even if it feels like I have the clutch out in my bike and am just coasting. Near the end of the season, like around New Years Eve and through the first of the year, I start to feel like I am waiting to emerge from a cocoon, and start my next phase as something else…or at least start the journey to be the next version of me.
For me, the first day of the new year is January 2nd, and I will begin in earnest to work towards the goals I have identified. I will begin engaging with people I meet with in the most profound way that I can, recognizing that meeting that person is an opportunity provided to me and that person for some purpose, and not just a random accident. I will be open to my intuition and noticing new connections of ideas I am working on.
I plan to do these things, and will do them, if I am able to focus fully on all the positive things in my life at this moment, and on all the people in my life who make feel great because I know them and get to spend time with them. I will do these things if I embrace the thought experiment that there are no meaningless accidents or coincidences, but instead, events are unfolding which are leading us to the outcomes we truly desire and which are good for us! I will do those things if I am able to focus on loving the people around me and truly wanting the people around me to thrive in every way.
On my first day of 2017, I am going to take special care about the thoughts I allow into my head, and how long those thoughts get to stay there. Only those thoughts that align with what I described above get to stay, and I think the impact to my life and those around me will be magnificent.
If you are going to try a similar thought strategy this year, post a comment and let me know how things are working for you as the year progresses!