The end of the year for most people is a time to look back and review the previous 12 months. It’s pretty natural to do that. December 31st is a marker – a milestone of some kind for everybody. What can make it a challenge is when your reviewing method makes you feel bad. It’s really that simple, isn’t it? It’s not the facts that you’re reviewing that make you feel bad. It’s how you look at them and how you respond to the facts you see.
Which is GREAT news, because that’s where EFT can help so quickly. Tapping can’t change the facts. But it can help you let go of any crummy feelings and beliefs connected to those facts. The truth is that we always have a choice about how we look at things. I know sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. But again, that’s why tapping is so great – because it brings us back to that point of choice by clearing out the junk that’s clouding our perspective.
Start With The Good Stuff
Your tapping might work better for you if you stop for a minute first and bring to mind some good things that happened this year. Even if they’re clouded right now with those unwanted thoughts. Let’s dust them off anyway. Then when you clear the negativity with EFT these treasures will just be waiting for you, shining bright. Grab a pen and paper if you want to and make a few quick notes now.
- So where did you make some progress this year? Think of a few different areas. We’re not judging how much progress, or if it was enough. We’re just acknowledging progress. Ok – once again, where did you make some progress this year?
- OK, now what was something new you started this year? Jot that down.
- What new connections did you make? What new people are in your life now? Write down a few names.
- What did you choose to leave behind or release this year?
- What did you learn this year? Just write a few key words that will jog your memory later, when you can fully appreciate these things.
Bring On The EFT
Now let’s get back to clearing away any negativity that’s standing in the way of you ending your year on a positive note. Focusing on the challenge first, start with the setup:
- Even though I don’t really want to think about this year because I didn’t do enough, I still want to love and accept myself anyway.
- Even though when I look back over the year it doesn’t look so great, I want to appreciate myself and all my feelings.
- Even though it might be better to just move on into 2011 without looking back because it doesn’t feel good to look back, I want to acknowledge myself and love myself anyway.
And now for tapping:
- This negativity about the past year.
- These unwanted feelings and beliefs.
- I feel anxious looking back.
- This self-blame.
- This frustration about the past year.
- The pain of this past year.
- This negativity about 2010.
- I should have done a better job.
- There’s a lot I want to forget about.
- I wish it had been a better year.
- Things didn’t go the way I planned.
- And then there were those surprises that didn’t help.
- I’d rather just forget about it and move on.
- If only I had done things differently.
- It doesn’t feel too good looking back at this year.
Starting To Shift
OK. Let’s start to shift the energy into a more positive direction, and let’s clear out any possible subconscious resistance to letting it go with these next tapping rounds. Start with the setup:
- Even though I’m starting to let go of this negativity, a part of me is hanging onto a little bit of it. I want to respect both parts of me – the hanging on part and the letting go part.
- Even though it might not be safe to let go of more of this negativity because maybe it will keep me from repeating my mistakes, I want to love and accept myself anyway.
- Even though I still have some regret and anxiety about the last year, and some frustration and self-blame, I’m starting to let go of it and I want to continue releasing it now.
And now for more tapping:
- I can hold onto lessons learned and still release the negativity.
- I can feel my heart and spirit opening up.
- The dark cloud is shrinking fast.
- I allow myself to let go of regrets and guilt.
- I’m shifting my focus to the good things I experienced this year.
- I feel my body relaxing as I let go more and more.
- Maybe 2010 wasn’t so bad after all.
- I acknowledge myself for doing the best I could, the same way I always do.
- I’m willing to see the year in a whole new light.
- I give myself permission to feel good about it.
Back To Your List
Remember that list you made earlier of what went right? Now let’s re-focus on that and tap in some positive rounds. No setup needed – just start tapping.
- I can clearly see the progress I made this year, and I’m so grateful for that forward motion.
- I started some great new things this year and I acknowledge myself and everyone else involved.
- Some new people came into my life, and I’m always happy to make new connections.
- I did an amazing job of letting some things go. I appreciate what it took to do that. Woohoo!
- What a year of learning this was. I learned more about what I want to do and who I want to be, and that’s always a plus.
- I was a witness to some remarkable examples of positive things and I’m grateful for that. I’m choosing to hold onto those images and impressions.
- I had the sparks of some terrific ideas in 2010. My mind and spirit are wonderful generators of new thoughts.
- I saw clearly this year more things I want to release and I’m thankful for that clarity.
- My heart and spirit experienced healing and goodness in lots of little ways this year. What a blessing that’s been.
- My focus has shifted completely, and I love this new feeling.
- I choose to be thankful for the goodness of 2010.
- I get to decide how I look at my year, and I choose the good stuff.
- I’m choosing to carry my progress forward into 2011.
- I have turned regret into wisdom and blame into lessons learned.
- These are treasures I can bring with me into the new year.
- I have new relationships to enjoy.
- I have new things I’ve started and get to expand in 2011.
- I’m choosing enthusiasm because it really feels good.
- I acknowledge myself for the good I created this year.
- And I’m excited to see what’s coming next.
- Thanks, Universe, for all the gifts of this past year.
That feels pretty good, doesn’t it? Does it feel more possible to really end this year on a high note? Glad to be part of your 2010. Happy New Year!