New Year, New Start

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014!

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“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
Karen Lamb

It’s probably one of the most common questions asked today, “Have you made any New Year Resolutions?”. However, they often get a bad rap, because a week into January they’re often forgotten. It’s like we’re allowed to fail them. Who takes them very seriously? But who wants to begin a New Year on a failure? It’s not really the best way to set the tone of the coming year; the year which could, if approached a bit more thoughtfully, change the direction of your whole life.

Rather than jumping whimsically into a few half-hearted promises, why not let the party dust settle then sit down and seriously consider what you need to happen in your life to make positive changes. They don’t have to be huge changes; even small changes made consistently will alter habits and build momentum to grow into something spectacular.

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Maria Robinson

We often talk ourselves out of making changes to our life because we look back at our history, at occasions where things didn’t work out, and think history will repeat itself, but this is a huge fallacy; the past cannot predict the future, only what we do today, and continue to do, has any impact on our future. Every day has the potential of creating something new. The seeds we plant now, and water and nourish, provides the harvest of our tomorrows.

Telling our friends and relatives our plans to make changes may not always be a good thing. Even though they do want us to be happy, and many will be encouraging, there will also be naysayers and dream-stealers, not because they want to hurt us, but because they think they will protect us from disappointment, or sometimes because they worry that their relationships with us will also have to change.

How would you like your life to look by the end of this year? Visualise what you would want to see and materialise. Think at the moment only of the end result, the outcome, as if there were no limitations to the achievement of your vision.

Find pictures that illustrate your desires, and make a vision board (or a picture album if you don’t want something so visible to others). Look at it every day for at least a few minutes, and imagine how you would feel if your life embodied those dreams and visions.

Think of some activities you could start doing now to move you towards the achievement, e.g. if you want to write a book, you could seek out an evening course or a local writers group.

You could buddy up with someone who has similar interests and goals, and make yourself accountable, but ONLY with like-minded people who are helping you move towards your goals, e.g. I am a member of the Ultimate Blog Challenge on Facebook. I have been a member for several months but admittedly I did lapse around October due to personal issues. I have decided to re-commit to producing at least 1 blog post per day, even if they might have to be short ones; it is the habit I am intending to build upon. It is encouraging to have other bloggers read my blog, and to learn from their blogs.

You may think you don’t have time for some activities, but if you consider e.g. reducing TV time; 1 hour less TV per day = 365 hours in a year. That is the equivalent of NINE WEEKS full-time employment. If you had 9 weeks extra holiday from work in a year that you could use for a project that would improve your life, what would you like to do with it?

Write or draw up a plan with some clear timescales. Tick items off as you complete them. Better still, keep a journal, even a brief one, so you can look back at how far you’ve come, and because you can use this at a later date to write a bestselling book on how you achieved your success.

When you have a clear vision of how you want your life to be, and you begin taking consistent small steps towards any aspect of that vision, it is amazing how inspiration leads you to the right places, people and activities that help you achieve much more than you think you can do alone.

Wishing you a joyous, prosperous, abundant coming year, and many more of them 😀

 

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