Clear Out the Old to Make Way for the New In Your Healing Practice

New Year Business Planning
My business coach is Susan L. Reid or Alkamae.  Each year she retreats for a week in the mountains of West Virginia to set her tone and intention for the New Year.

She snowshoes in and skis out. While there, she journals out the past and ushers in the new. When she comes off the mountain, she is focused and excited about her business, clients, and New Year.

Here is what she sends each of her clients so that they can clear out the old and make way for the new. I thought you might enjoy doing this exercise, too.

How to Clear Out the Old to Make Way for the New Year!

What, if anything, are you doing to set the tone for 2018?

Have you just been hoping to make it through to the end of the year so you can make your New Year’s resolutions? Many folks have, you know. Or do you have something more intentional in mind to clear away the old and make way for the new?

2017 has ended. For many of us, it’s been a mad dash, beginning with Thanksgiving and continuing through Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the New Year with an increase in activity, family events, and business functions.

Let’s face it. It’s been exhausting!

With the New Year here, it’s time to say, “Out with the old. In with the new!” It’s time to find a place of peace and quiet amidst the hustle and bustle where you can reflect on 2017 and make way for what you want to attract in 2018.

Here’s a fun exercise you can do this month.

In the spirit of preparing for a fantastic new year, set aside 15 to 20 minutes to be alone in a quiet, serene environment. Curl up in your favorite chair or place on the couch. Make yourself a warm cup of tea or hot cocoa. Then settle in for some precious ‘you time’ to clear out the old and make way for the new.

Three Steps to a Bright New Year

Step One: On a piece of paper, write the following three lists:

    1. Top 10 things I found challenging in 2017.What tested you the most? What did you find most taxing? What were your biggest problems, most difficult tasks, and major trials?


    1. Top 10 things I gained in 2017.What did you acquire or achieve? What attributes did you grow into? What big things did you win, reap, or land?


  1. Top 10 Things I’m open to experience in 2018.To what new experiences are you open? What are you willing to have more of, be connected to, or participate in?

Step Two: Read over these lists and reflect on them for 5 to 10 minutes until you feel that your past year is finished and that your intentions for the coming year have already been accomplished.

Step Three: Burn all three lists. As you watch them burn, affirm to yourself, “And so it is done.”

It’s January 1st and time to make your New Year’s resolutions. Now is the perfect time to begin thinking about what you want to usher in for yourself and your business in 2018. Enjoy and have fun with this “Three Steps to a Bright New Year” exercise. Then you’ll be prepared to exclaim, “Out with the old. In with the new!”


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