Conscious Completion: Bringing Closure to 2023 and Embracing Change

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By Gabriel Gonsalves

Personal mastery, leadership development, and spiritual growth with the heart in mind. 

Conscious completion

Each passing year brings a cascade of experiences that beckon us toward healing and growth, and 2023 was no exception. As we stand on the verge of a new year — and for many of us, a new chapter of our lives — it is imperative to bring conscious completion to the cycle that’s now drawing to a close. This week, I want to share how to consciously complete this chapter and embrace the transformative change your heart yearns for.


For many of us, 2023 has been a year of profound shifts—doors closing, jobs dissolving, and relationships reaching abrupt ends. It’s been an invitation to confront our deepest childhood wounds and unearth the true source of our discontent. We’ve navigated the terrain of wrapping up unfinished business, mastering vital life lessons, and returning to the core of our true selves.

On a personal note, this year unfolded as a journey of surrender for me. Letting go of my home in South Africa and two cherished relationships triggered unexpected waves of sadness and grief. Yet, in the ebb and flow of these emotions, a profound transformation was taking root.

In the midst of closures, 2023 has also been a year of new opportunities, skill development, and the embrace of new relationships. Seeds planted many years ago finally began to germinate. It’s a chapter that propelled us into a deeper alignment with our true purpose—the greater reason we embarked on this journey called life.

But, as we stand at the precipice of change, it’s crucial to recognize that nothing new will unfold until we bring conscious completion to this cycle and commit to changing what our hearts acknowledge as desperately needing transformation. Without the willingness and commitment to change, progress remains elusive.

What Does Conscious Completion Mean?

Conscious completion is the art of concluding something with appreciation, compassion, forgiveness, and love. It involves engaging in a genuine, introspective dialogue—whether through writing, speaking, or prayer—and reflecting on pivotal questions:

  • Can I appreciate the lessons, both good and bad, that unfolded this year?
  • Can I extend compassion to myself and every person I encountered, acknowledging the inherent innocence within each of us?
  • Can I fully forgive myself and others, releasing what no longer serves me and initiating new choices in life?

The Difference Between Completing and Finishing

It is essential to understand the distinction between finishing and completing. When we finish something, we are likely to encounter it again when a similar opportunity arises. However, when we truly complete something, we are unequivocally done with it. There is no turning back, and there is no need to repeat the same experience.

Consider the analogy of doing the dishes. When you finish doing the dishes, there will inevitably be more to wash tomorrow. But when you consciously complete your role as a dishwasher, you transform into a cook who hires someone else to handle the dishes for you. You step into a new phase of life, free from the repetitive cycle.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Socrates

How to Consciously Complete 2023

To bring conscious completion to 2023, set aside dedicated time over the next couple of weeks to delve into these three questions. Create a space for self-reflection and introspection. Then, turn your attention inward, towards your heart, and allow the feelings of appreciation, compassion, forgiveness, and love to radiate throughout your being. Extend these sentiments to every individual who has played a part in your journey over the past twelve months.

  1. Send love to those who have touched you deeply, guided you towards your dreams, and unwaveringly believed in you.
  2. Include those who may have wronged you, betrayed your trust, or broken your heart.
  3. Most importantly, embrace all those who are no longer physically present in your life but still hold a special place in your heart.

Recognize the ways in which a new cycle is already manifesting in your life. Shower love upon those who are supporting you through this transitional period. Feel genuine appreciation for the new opportunities that have begun to emerge and the development of new skills and talents.

Then, let your love extend into the future, projecting it along an imaginary timeline towards the person you know, deep in your heart, you are destined to become. Trust that, within the timeless dimension of your heart, you are being drawn towards this life. Soon, you will encounter the people, events, and circumstances that will guide you on this path.

Finally, declare this cycle as perfectly done and complete. Recognize the power of this process as an act of profound self-respect, self-honor, and self-love. In your imagination, see yourself turning the last page of this chapter of your life!

As a concluding step, consider writing a heartfelt love letter to yourself, acknowledging your journey, your strengths, and your aspirations. By bringing conscious completion to 2023, you open the door to transformative possibilities and set the stage for a remarkable future.

An Invitation to Complete the Past and Create the Future

Now, as we stand on the precipice of a new year, I invite you to take a bold step towards reinventing yourself in all aspects of life. Join me in the 5-week Heart Start 2024 program, commencing tomorrow, Wednesday, December 27th. Seize this chance to delve into conscious completion, unlocking your potential to consciously create a remarkable future.

In these sessions, we’ll explore your heart’s limitless potential, guiding you toward manifesting your dreams. Through coaching, journaling exercises, and a supportive community, gain the tools and insights to embrace the coming year with clarity, purpose, and authenticity… from the heart.

To take advantage of this opportunity, reserve your spot today.

From my heart to yours,

Conscious Completion