The Most Useful Tool for Moving Forward in the New Year

I love flipping the calendar to a new year.

It's a convenient checkpoint, an obvious time to pause and look back on the year that just passed and ponder the possibility of the year to come. As with any transition though, it's also a great time to slow down, set aside our productivity hats and simply be.

There are many good and useful tools out there to help us choose words, set goals and formally review what's gone by. I fully intend to use a few in the next several weeks.

But one of the most useful tools for navigating this yearly transition isn't available in the form of a printable PDF or a stylish day-planner (says the girl who just bought three calendars).

One of the most useful tools we have to help us move forward in the new year is our intuition.

The problem is, often we're too busy rushing into the new year to hear what it has to say.

If words, goals and plans aren't calling you yet, maybe it's because you need space for this year to wind down before turning the page. Instead of jumping into tools and planning too quickly, why not experiment with stillness and letting things unfold?

There will be plenty of time to choose words for 2014 and figure out where you want to go and what you want to do, the tools will still be there when you're ready to use them.

Allowing this silent, receptive space between, where insights from the past year intermingle with the possibilities of the year to come, is fertile ground.

It may be just what you need to foster healthy roots for all the good things waiting to come to fruition.