My end of year ritual – how to feel complete closing out the year

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How I welcome the New Year with an attitude of achievement and success.

Hey gorgeous,

How are you?

I get it – this has been another unpredictable year. Especially for entrepreneurs.

 If you’ve made it through physically and emotionally in almost one piece, you’re amazing. And even if you haven’t, that’s okay too. 

If you’ve had a good year, despite the obvious, then I want you to celebrate this wholeheartedly. Without guilt. 

However this year is drawing to a close I recommend this end-of-year ritual to finish it well.

It’s what I’ll be doing over the next week or so! I recommend this even if things didn’t go to plan. In fact, especially if you faced challenges and hard times.

And know this: you have the power to completely change your experience next year.

New Year is a chance to completely shift things. 

Bring in more success, more abundance in the new year

I love the energy of a fresh start and this year more than ever, I’m longing for calm, health and happiness for all. 

Let’s end the year with one really simple, but profound, end-of-year ritual.

This one has completely changed my life and it doesn’t matter how hungover you are on New Year’s Day – it’s an easy one to do. (Or squeeze it in over the holidays – tree lights all twinkling, glass of something special in hand.)

I want you to make a list of everything you’re proud of over the last year.

Sounds easy, but it’s trickier than it sounds.

Pick a cheerleading buddy to amplify your success

It’s so important to have some accountability when you’re doing this. So that you don’t chicken out and get all bashful, like “I dunno. I guess I did some… cool stuff?”

Choose someone who gets you and really “sees” you and your accomplishments and who will help draw more out of you.

Take turns asking each other what you’re proud of.

Use the sentence, “I’m proud of…” and start with small accomplishments.

You might list things like:

  • Helping the kids start school...
  • Not killing my partner… 
  • Making this change for my health or self-care
  • Getting out for daily walks.

Then list your business achievements

  • I dealt with [insert tricky situation]
  • I put boundaries in place around…
  • I hit [list goals you’ve achieved].

And lastly your personal accomplishments

  • Strong relationship with my kids
  • Fun times with my partner.

Make your list as long as you can. List any achievements or successes that you want to acknowledge yourself for. Don’t be shy or modest. It’s time to really shine a light on everything you’ve done.

And seriously – it’s kind of hard to remember everything. So, here’s how to take it to the next level.

Your partner simply asks you;

“What else?”

And then silence. No prompting. No jumping in for their turn. Just ask the question “What else?” and wait.

Keep asking until you have at LEAST 50 brags.

There will be lots of pauses, you’ll want to think about the negatives and when you think you’re done you’ll say, “Oh yeah! I forgot about this one!” Just keep asking, “What else?”

Trust me, you’ll be buzzing at the end of it, so don’t give up.

The list of brags is important but the question “What else?” is extremely important. You’ll probably get stuck at about five things you’re proud of, because you don’t want to brag, you discount your accomplishments or you’ve just forgotten.

Did this year really suck?

I once did this with a friend who thought she had a bad year until we did this exercise. It took us 45 minutes and she ended up with 42 things she was proud of, but it took some digging.

That’s why the question is so important. Keep asking and don’t give up.

Recognising everything you’ve achieved in the face of such adversity is SO GOOD for you.

It’s awesome to remember everything. Acknowledging all your wins, big and small, is great for manifesting more success. Do this exercise so you can attract even more luck and abundance next year.

Work on a mix of business and personal, as long as you get at least 30-50 good things.

If you do it by yourself, eventually you’ll run out of steam and move on to something else. For the best results, you need a partner to hold the space and to gently ask, “What else?”

As soon as you run out of things you’re proud of …. what else?

When you think you haven’t done anything good …. what else?

As soon as you think there’s nothing else to celebrate …. what else?

If you tell yourself it was the worst year …. what else?

When you think you’ve written everything …. what else?

By the way, you don’t just have to do this as an end-of-year ritual… you could do it monthly or quarterly.

I’d love you to share yours. 

Tag me on Insta with your list – I’d love to hear your achievements (please don’t be shy – brag your butt off). Next time you’re having a bad day, have a read over everything awesome you’ve accomplished.

Imagine me saying to you “what else?” every time you get stuck.

Time to close out the year and start on your new chapter.

Denise xx

P.S. If your business and income have stalled this year, or just not grown as quickly as you had hoped, then what I’m working on is going to be perfect for you.

I’m putting together something special for January all about manifesting more money and getting to the next level of income and impact in the new year. 

Watch this space - I’m excited for us to kick off the year together and release any feelings of frustration, stagnation or anxiety around money. 

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