How to Metabolize 2016

Has 2016 been the worst year ever? Is that really true? Here’s how to get the most out of the last 12 months, and gear up for a…

Has 2016 been the worst year ever? Is that really true? Here’s how to get the most out of the last 12 months, and gear up for a breakthrough 2017.

Think about how your body metabolizes food. It chews it up and starts releasing enzymes to break it down while it’s still in your mouth. From that very moment begins the process of extracting what will nourish you. And also from that moment begins the process of eliminating the waste, discarding what doesn’t serve you, or what might even be actively harmful to you.

That’s how we can and should metabolize 2017. Keep what nourishes you. Eliminate the rest.

This approach is a powerful first step to stopping the spiral of fear and panic that has been so pervasive this year. And that is a powerful first step to walking into what you are called and put here to live and be and do — in your life and in the world — in 2017.

Here’s the prompt: Even if you think 2016 was The Worst Year Ever, list out (in writing) the things that happened, lessons you learned, experiences you experienced this year that made you healthier, happier, wiser, more clear or more tuned in to who you want to be in this life.

Our brains are wired for and alert to negative, fearful or terrible events at a rate 5x the bandwidth they devote to happy, lovely or joyful things. So you might have to devote extra intention and effort to coming up with the spiritually nutritious takeaways from the last twelve months.

And on the flip side, what did you discover this year that no longer serves you, or that you are ready to move on from or release? Relationship patterns? Thinking or emotional habits? Things? Fears?

Here, it’s helpful to keep this in mind: you do not minimize the very real issues in our world by electing to release panic and fear, get grounded in your own calling and move forward, full steam ahead. In fact, it’s kind of the only way you can really, truly help.

Tara-Nicholle Nelson helps people find their shifts and breakthroughs, and challenges conscious leaders to grow. She is the former VP, Marketing for MyFitnessPal and Under Armour Connected Fitness. To get clear on your purpose, set vision for 2017 or start your own book or blog, join Tara’s 30 Day Writing Challenge for Conscious Leaders, free, at www.taranicholle.com/30-day-writing-challenge/.

Originally published at medium.com

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