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Enjoy this four-part series from Rhonda Byrne as you set your intentions for the year ahead. This series will apply to the time around the New Year or to any point in your year when you are looking to create a fresh start. Start now to create the most wonderful year ahead. 


As we launch into a new year, I want to help you prepare so that you can truly make it the best year of your life. In this article I will share some incredibly simple but powerful insights and practices that will keep you on track to creating the most wonderful year of your life!

Many of us can get caught in the trap of welcoming the year ahead with open arms while at the same time discarding the passing year with negative thoughts and feelings. We may have faced difficulties during the year, or endured some tough times, and in the end the year didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to. But the problem with being negative about the passing year is that we’re sending that negative energy into the upcoming year! We are unintentionally sabotaging the year ahead before we’ve even put one foot into it.

We must be grateful for the year that has passed for the year ahead to be great! Even if you had a particularly challenging year, there is still so much magnificence to be grateful for. You are here reading this, aren’t you?

So together let’s create the best possible start to the year ahead by writing down TEN things that you’re truly grateful for about last year! The more you feel your gratitude, the more sincere you are, the more positive energy you harness and send into the new year.

Remember to maintain your gratitude for the passing year, no matter what anyone else indulges in, and you will be stepping into the New Year ahead of the game.


To make sure I begin the New Year with as much powerful energy as I can manifest, I watch The Secret documentary film every New Year’s Day (or as early in the year as I can). It’s impossible to watch it without being inspired, uplifted, excited, and reminded of our invincible power. As a result of watching The Secret documentary, you’ll be left sitting on a super high frequency, where the manifestation of your intentions has atomic power! It is the bestenergy to start a New Year with!

(Once again, if you are reading this and New Year’s Day is still several months away, don’t worry because you can set your intentions for the year ahead at any time. You might choose to watch The Secret documentary on a day that’s special to you… your birthday, or your wedding anniversary, for example, and then set your intentions immediately afterward. Or you might simply choose to watch the film today and start your year of manifesting straight away.)

Did you know that you are actually manifesting your intentions all the time? Your life circumstances are your conscious and unconscious intentions manifested. So if our life isn’t going exactly the way we want it to, then without realizing it, we’ve been unconsciously intending circumstances we don’t want. Every thought is an intention, so it’s imperative that we begin the year ahead by intending our life consciously!

To harness the atomic power of intention, immediately after watching The Secret film, sit down and write out your TOP TEN intentions for this year. Imagine that you have a Genie and you’ve been granted ten wishes for the year ahead, and then make your list of what you want.

To have your best year ever, set a reminder at the beginning of each week (Monday morning or Sunday evening) and re-read your top ten list of intentions for this year, feeling the thrill of them as though they’ve manifested. Continue to do this at the beginning of each week until each one of your ten intentions has manifested! 

Be aware, consciously intend, and you are using the power you’ve been endowed with.


There are likely to be some things in the upcoming year that will pull us down if we let our ego have its way. When something happens and we feel upset, it’s our ego’s reaction that’s making us feel upset rather than the actual thing that happened. So how do we override the ego and stay positive and feeling good with life’s challenges?

When you’re feeling upset about something, immediately reach for anything that will make you feel even a little bit better. You could put on your favorite song or piece of music, and let it sweep through every cell in your body – and immediately you’re feeling better. You could cuddle your pet, your child, or loved one, feeling deep love for them – and you’re feeling better. You could take a short walk and do gratitude steps, mentally saying “thank” and “you” with each step until you feel better. You could write a text to your best friend telling them how grateful you are that they’re in your life; you’re feeling better. If you have The Secret Manifestation Cards you could draw a card, and by the law of attraction that very card will give you exactly the message you need to feel better.

Your singular power to change negative circumstances with gratitude and love is simply breathtaking! When you feel gratitude or love, any upset from the ego cannot remain. And as you start to feel better everything changes because you’ve changed your energy and your frequency. Use your God-given power in your life this year and set yourself free from the ego’s upsets to create a fantastic life!
In The Secret book I shared what I consider to be the shortcut to the law of attraction and a wonderful life – one practice that encompasses everything in one step. And that is to be happy now.
Choosing to be happy now, despite what’s happening in the outside world or in your life, is the key to a wonderful life. It’s a decision you can make at any moment, and when you sustain it for most of the time, the avalanche of goodness that will pour into your life will take your breath away. Your days will be full of magic as the law of attraction zigs and zags only the happy events into your life. You’ll make all the right decisions. Your manifesting power will be ridiculously fast. You will have clarity and you’ll never be confused about what to do. You will have peace from your ego. Wherever you go, everyone will be friendly and nice to you. While you maintain your choice to be happy, the law of attraction will continue lining up all the people, circumstances, and events that match your happiness!
But what if you’re feeling down and you just can’t shake it? Other than doing things to feel better, like I talked about in last week’s email, there is another way you can eliminate feeling down. Because all bad feelings need your resistance to them to stay in your body, the way to be free of all bad feelings is to stop resisting them! How do you do that exactly?
Be okay with what you’re feeling. Don’t try and push the feeling away, because that’s resisting it. Remember, “what you resist, persists.” Just allow the feeling to be with you, knowing that it will pass, and that it will pass even faster without any resistance to it. In fact, the moment you stop resisting a bad feeling, the energy of the feeling will just pass through your body and be gone. And that will be your evidence that you’ve nailed it.
When you can be free of the ego’s negative emotions, through your decision to be happy now or through your complete acceptance of the present moment, you have actually become the master of your life and your world. It may sound lofty, but it is actually so very simple, and it is entirely possible for you.
I hope these ideas and practices have inspired you to create the most wonderful year ahead. The Secret team and I are always here for you, to help make it happen!
Rhonda Byrne
The Secret …..bringing joy to millions

Rhonda Byrne is the creator and executive producer of the film The Secret, producer of the motion picture adaptation, The Secret: Dare to Dream, and author of the books The Secret, The Power, The Magic, Hero, How The Secret Changed My Life, The Greatest Secret, and The Secret To Love, Health, and Money: A Masterclass.
Rhonda was born in Australia and began her career as a radio producer before moving into television production. In 2006 her work took a very different direction when she released The Secret documentary film, viewed by millions across the planet. She followed with The Secret book, a worldwide bestseller now available in more than fifty languages with over thirty-four million copies in print.
In January of 2007, Rhonda appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show with four teachers from The Secret documentary. In May of 2007, Rhonda Byrne was recognized as one of the world’s most influential people in Time magazine’s “The Time 100: The People Who Shape Our World,” and shortly afterwards appeared in Forbes’ “The Celebrity 100” list.

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