Cat’s Tips: How to create a positive mindset for the New Year

Columnists / January 10, 2013



Happy New Year! And what better way than to start the New Year than with the resolution to be positive and thankful for everything I have.

Every New Years Eve my husband and I do a ritual in which we let go of all the negative things and beliefs we have created that year before writing what we want to achieve in the New Year, thus creating a positive mindset.

Buddha said: We are what we think. All that arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make our world.

I thought what better way to start the New Year than by sharing this simple ritual with you. It’s still early enough in the year to do this and this can be practiced throughout the year whenever there is a New Moon.

First we need to LET GO of the old years unfinished and negative business. Release any guilt, feelings of limitation, sadness, unworthiness, depression, anger, unhealthy relationships, resentment, everything that didn’t work in 2012 and anything before this.

Write down on small slips of paper what you’d like to forget. Drop them in a black envelope or make an envelope out of black paper. This is sealing in the sorrow and hard luck. Say “Good Riddanceand toss it in the fireplace or burn it SAFELY in a metal or stone pot. Then (this is the best bit) toast and honor the old year with a farewell toast!

To call in the positive energy, next take a journal or notepad (something you can use solely for this and keep) and make a list of everything you want to enter into your life.

 Take time to think about this first. Think about what you wish to do/ accomplish career wise, how you wish to grow, blocks or character defects you wish to change, what you’d like to attain, happen in friendships and love, problems you ‘d like to see resolved etc.

Write all these intentions in an affirmative way, for example; “ I am continuing to travel this year”, “I am financially free”, “ I am happy and healthy”, “ I am living in a beautiful house”. DO NOT write “ I’m out of debt”, “ I’ll try and read more books” , “ I’m going to do better at school” etc. IT’S MOST IMPORTANT TO WRITE AS IF YOU ARE ALREADY LIVING THE LIFE YOU WISH FOR.

Then have another toast to the positive New Year and start believing in what you have written.

A quick note, do be realistic in what you want to achieve. I f you ask for wanting healthy love but stay in an unhealthy situation knowingly then you are staying in denial.

If you are interested in reading more about positive affirmation I highly recommend The Magic by Rhonda Byrne, creator of The Secret. I’m reading this at the moment and am really feeling the benefits. Oh and one more thing for the skeptical among you.  I was offered everything I wrote down on my list in January 2012 during last year. Some things worked better than others but they ALL materialized!

Keep the faith.

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Melissa Myers
Melissa Myers has worked as an entertainment journalist for ten years, both in London and New York. She now focuses much of her time helping bring inspiring stories to light and, additionally, her project "Makeover with Meaning," which seeks to add a sprinkle of happiness into the lives of those who need it most.

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