7 Meaningful Ways to Ring in the New Year

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2014 is on its way out—can you believe it? Like many people, as 2015 approaches you’re probably feeling ready to kiss 2014 goodbye. From resolution-setting to countdowns to midnight kisses, there are so many amazing and symbolic ways to ring in the new year. In addition to all the fun old standards, we’ve put together a list of 7 meaningful ways to welcome in the New Year.

  1. Make One Big Goal
    Instead of a writing out a laundry list of resolutions that is liable to be forgotten or abandoned by February, choose one major milestone, goal, or resolution that holds the most meaning for you—whether it’s getting your business off the ground, letting go of a big event from the past, or getting healthy—and commit to it. If you have more hopes and dreams for the new year you want to express, write them down, but don’t put the same weight of a resolution behind them. Focusing on a single goal allows you to take a big step you’ve always wanted to take in 2015 instead of a few tiny ones.
  1. Eat Collard Greens & Cornbread
    Some southerners traditionally cook up collard greens and cornbread to eat on New Year’s to invite financial abundance. Collard greens (or any greens) represent money, being green, and each bite is said to be worth $1000 in your pocket in the coming year. Corn bread is a soul food that represents pocket or spending money when eaten on New Year’s because its gold color represents gold or coin money.
  1. Photo Review
    Even if you only choose one photo from each month in 2014, taking a look at the past year in images is a great way to mentally “complete” the narrative of the last 12 months and find closure with 2014 so that you can start fresh in 2015. If you’re ambitious and so inclined, sketch out or find 12 images for each month of 2015 that represent changes or milestones you’d like to see happen.
  1. Running with Luggage
    Costa Ricans customarily ring in the new year by running across the street with luggage in their arms to invite new travels and adventures into their lives for the coming year. If you’re hoping to broaden your horizons in 2015, this is a great one to try!
  1. Meditate
    Still whirling from the 2014 holidays and unsure what you want 2015 to look like? Spend a few minutes around the stroke of midnight on Jan 1—or later in the morning as the sun rises—in silent contemplation. Even if you don’t get a clear image of what your goals should be in the coming year, you’ll give your subconscious mind time to review the past 12 months and plant some seedlings of ideas for how the next 12 might unfold bigger and better.
  1. Eat 12 Grapes for Each Month
    Spaniards ring in the new year by eating one grape for each of the 12 chimes of the clock at midnight while making a wish. The tradition dates back to 1865 and is said to bring good luck and fulfilled wishes.
  1. Clean
    While spring is typically the time of year that most people do a deep clean of their home (“spring cleaning”) because spring is symbolic of new life, the New Year’s represents the perfect time to do a major overhaul and cleanup. Deep cleaning your house and going through old clothes, belongings, the pantry, etc. is a great symbolic way to throw out the old and bring in the new. Besides, who doesn’t feel refreshed after a day or two of scrubbing and organizing? If you’re feeling really inspired, rearrange some furniture or refresh old curtains and furnishings, too.

Do you have a meaningful New Year’s Eve tradition that you celebrate? How do you wave good-bye to the old year and ring in the new one?

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Use Goal Posters to Motivate Yourself and Your Team

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Can you believe we are almost a whole month into the new year? Are you and your team still on track to reach all of those goals that you made? If you are having a hard time staying motivated to reach those goals or you have a team that is floundering – you may want to consider adding goal posters to your motivation tactics.

Goal posters are fantastic for both personal and work specific goals and you can use them in a variety of ways.  For example, if you are running a local animal shelter that has a goal of placing a certain amount of dogs and cats into new homes this year – a goal poster is a great way to lay out those goals in a visual form. Our goal posters come in a set of 10 so you could give each member of your team or volunteer staff a poster. Then, let them have the creative freedom to customize it with 5 things they would like to do to help the animals find new homes this year. When they are finished, they can place the posters throughout the shelter as a daily reminder of these goals and mark off those goals that they reach throughout the year, celebrating those achievements as a team.

Another idea is for sport’s coaches and team captains to utilize goal posters to individually motivate the members of their team. The posters can be personalized with your team’s name and photo for that added fun touch! Then, you can give each team member a goal poster to add their own sports related goals to, then help them choose a reward they will receive once their goal is hit. Whether their goal is to practice basketball for 1 hour each day, practice their swim strokes or complete 5 marathons this year – a goal poster can really motivate and remind them of their progress. They could hang the poster inside their gym locker or you could even line them up on the wall inside the gym where they will see them everyday as they practice their sport. It’s a great visual reminder of their goal and their teammates can congratulate them when they reach their specific milestones.

The idea is to let each individual choose their target goals, encourage them to write them down on a goal poster as a daily reminder of what they want to achieve. Don’t forget to verbally motivate and congratulate them on the progress! It’s a great way to boost morale and feel more confident about achieving their goals too. It is even more exciting when they reach those milestones since those around them will see their goal posters, the achievements they have made and can join in on congratulating them on their success which in turn motivates them to work even harder and set more goals for the future!