4 Steps to Discover Your New Year’s Revelation
This year, we’ve decided that we’re not making New Year’s resolutions. Instead, we’re leaning into revelations we’ve had—because though resolutions are easily forgotten by February, a revelation can change the course of a day, a year, or a lifetime. If you’re not sure what revelation to explore in 2019, or if you haven’t had one yet, try these four steps to get started.
1. Clear Your Mind
Give yourself time to get into a relaxed state. Try meditating, taking a bath, going to yoga, taking a walk, doing something creative, or immersing yourself in any activity that helps you focus and find ease.
2. Reflect and Journal
Grab paper and pen and answer some or all of the following questions:
- When are you happiest?
- When do you feel at peace?
- What are you grateful for?
- What inspires you?
- What words would you like to align your life with?
- What would you like to let go of?
You can also do an activity that we learned from Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity:
- Make a list of the things that matter most to you.
- Make a list of how you spend your time.
- Compare your two lists and notice how they differ. Think about changes that would make list 2 more similar to list 1.
3. Let Your Revelation Reveal Itself
Look over the answers to your questions and your two lists. What can you learn about yourself and your life from what you wrote?
For example, you might find that you feel totally stress-free when you’re outside in nature, but you spend a lot of time inside binge-watching shows (no judgement—we all do it!). Or you could discover that you’re most productive when you give your body and mind time to rest, yet you have a habit of staying up late and getting up early (guilty again).
4. Make Small, Sustainable Changes
Write down some small steps you can take to lean into your revelation and make positive changes in your life.
If nature is important to you, find a way to incorporate more outdoor time into your life. Maybe it’s a 5-minute stroll each day or a 30-minute hike once a week. You might turn off auto-play on Netflix or set time limits on social media apps as reminders to get up and go outside, too. And if rest and relaxation are your secret ingredients for success, then perhaps you’ll aim to get to bed 10 minutes earlier, or schedule one day a month when you won’t make plans or do errands. The beauty of leaning into your revelation is that you get to decide how to honor it. Only pursue what’s achievable and sustainable for you.
If you need even more inspiration, check out Tara’s letter about her recent revelation and our calendar of lightbulb-inspiring prompts. And don’t forget to join the conversation on social media with #MyRevelation and #LiveFollain. We can’t wait to hear about your revelation!
Briana Palma | December 30, 2018