Did you know that New Year’s Resolutions started way back in Roman times? In modern times, many people use them to either change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life. Weight loss, exercise, and quitting smoking are all common resolutions. But can New Year’s resolutions really work?

One of the best ways to get your new year started on the right foot is to first take stock of your 2019. Taking the time to turn inward to notice both the good and the not so good can be difficult at times, but the rewards can be great.

My husband and I have done this exercise below every year during the week between Christmas and New Year’s since the year we met. We think it helps us put the past at peace behind us and create a new future for the year ahead.

1.Accomplishments and Prides

Looking back on 2019, what are the things that happened personally and professionally that you are most proud of. Make a list. The benefit of making this list will establish and strengthen the hard wiring for your self-esteem and personal power. Savor the things on this list. Consider celebrating in some way that is meaningful to you.


Looking back on 2019, what are the things of which you are most disappointed. Make a list. The benefit of making this list will begin the process of letting go of the past and the start to creating a new future. Some of the things on list are so frustrating, you might want to do something about them in 2020 and others, you might want to burn in the fireplace to indicate the power of really let them go.

3.What’s next

Looking ahead into 2020, what are your hopes, dreams and desires. Make a list.  Be as specific as you can. Include areas of your personal health and well-being, work, your relationships, community/volunteer, and finances. The benefit of making this list is to be intentional about creating a future that powerfully serves, uniquely you! This list can be used to set goals for the new year and/or create strong intentions about what you want. You can even use it to create a vision board to inspire you throughout the year ahead.

With warmest wishes for a healthy abundant 2020!