How to Start Your New Year Right!

Doors and ceremonies. Old and new.

The clock strikes 12 midnight on December 31. Crowds erupt into celebration with the passage of time from one year to the next. They ceremoniously say good-bye to the old year and ring in the new.

January. The one month of the year that is full of potential and hope of new beginnings. A clear holiday wishes demarcation between the old and the new. A time of reflection and resolutions.

I find it interesting and not coincidental that the word January is a derivative of the Latin word for door – Janua. As we celebrate the New Year, it’s as if we’re walking through a door into our future.

Celebrations are a type of ceremony. Ceremonies have been used across the centuries in every culture. Ceremonies have impact. They’re a proclamation. A clear progression from one stage of life to the next: New Years, graduations, weddings, finales, embarkments, and accomplishments, to name a few. The old is gone and the new has come.

As you stop to celebrate this New Year, ceremoniously walk through the door to the new year.

What to include in your ceremony.


  • What do you need to leave behind? Old habits? Unhealthy relationships? Wrong attitudes or thinking? Determine whatever it is that you want to be rid of and say good-bye to.



  • What do you want to move towards? What do you want to say about your life 12 months from now? Does that involve adopting new habits, developing new relationships, or a change in your thinking? Visualize what you want to be able to say next December 31 about the year that has passed and determine to make that happen.


Conduct your own ceremony.

Put a clear stake in the ground. Depending on the season of life you’re in, you may need to actually perform a ceremony even if just by yourself. Take a few note cards and write on them what you want to leave behind and what you want to move towards. Conduct your own ceremony and set the “old” note cards in a trash can on one side of the door, and the “new” note cards on a silver platter the other side. Walk through the door to a new year, new life, new beginnings. Shut the door behind you and resolve to not turn around. Don’t dig through the trash to pull out the old later in the year. Take that trash to the curb and leave it there for the garbage man. For the rest of the year keep your “new” note cards in a prominent place so you can refer back to them and the decision you’ve made to pursue a great new future!

How will you celebrate the new year? How will you clearly move into your future and leave your past behind?