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2015 is here! Happy New Year!
With a new and exciting energy in the air, many of us will begin our 100 millionth New Years Resolution (ok, maybe not 100 millionth-but we've done too many!). And that would be great if we'd sustained each of our previous New Year's endeavors, but chances are, they've slowly dissipated as January came to an end.
As a society, we're pretty good at creating fads: fad diets, fad exercises, many of which are popular choices for fad New Year's Resolutions. But let's not throw out a good, and really, a necessary undertaking just because one delivery of it is rather noncommittal! I am talking about goals, intentions, who you aspire to become, or something very important for you to accomplish. We need a clear vision of those things to keep moving forward, evolving, and living a deeply purposeful life!
But we've got to commit. We've got to invest the time and brain power to create a vision, and actionable steps toward it, and then we've got to commit to making it a part of our daily lives. Habits take anywhere from 21-90 days of practice before they feel like a part of us, so get used to the idea of sitting down with it daily for some time.
So if you are ready to put your talk into your walk, and to begin creating the life you desire, here's a roadmap to get you started:
Step 1: Think Big Picture- When you think of your best life possible, what comes to mind? Where are you? Who are you with? What are you doing/have you done?
Step 2: Narrow Your Focus- Pick one small piece (a goal) of your overall vision that you can reasonably begin working on- immediately! (hint: it can be something tangible (i.e. I want to exercise daily) or abstract (i.e. I want to be a patient person) (my 2015 intention is to CHOOSE LOVE in all situations).
Step 3: Create ONE realistic daily action step that will bring the first piece of your overall vision to life (e.g., I will take two ten minute walks throughout my work day to build in exercise; I will purposely stand in longer lines to increase patience).
Step 4: Get SPECIFIC! At what time each day will you complete this action step? How will you measure/track it? Do you need someone/something to hold you accountable? To support you?
Step 5: Make it KNOWN! Tell others what you are working on, it's ok to be excited. At the very least, post it up so that it is visible to you throughout your day. (Here's my 2015 intentions as a screensaver on my computer!)
The great thing about this process is that you DON'T have to wait until next January to get started, and as long as you put continual effort into it, you cannot fail!
Sending energy and renewal for a year of great meaning and purpose,