"The month of January is a good month to reflect on the last year, as well as focus on the year ahead...
A helpful exercise is to write or journal starting with the sentence,
"The year 2011 was____________."
Write about anything and everything you feel about the past year. Usually this exercise helps one to realize the good, not so good and growth of the last year.
Journaling puts things in the third person helping you to see things for what they were, not what they seemed to be. Seeing the last year in the third person is therapeutic, helping you to put closure on events and appreciate what happened last year.
The next exercise is to write or journal starting with
"The year 2012 is ________________________."
Writing about the upcoming year helps you to focus on what you would like to happen (and goals) you might have. Writing down what you want (or goals) helps to create or manifest what you would like to get from the new year.
At the end of the year 2012, go back and look at what you wrote at the beginning of the year and see how much of it was experienced. You'll be surprised how many of the things you wanted to happen in the year actually did happen. Writing things down you'd like to happen works. It is like magic.
It only takes a few minutes and you get what you want in the upcoming year!"