Did you set resolutions for the year? I hope not!
Let me explain...
The days of New Year's Resolutions are gone. I mean, we all know how that story goes. You set a resolution, something like "I'm going to lose 10 lbs this year. This is the year it's going to happen! I got my gym membership. I'm going to go everyday. This year's gonna be different, I promise!"
January 14th rolls around, and you've been to the gym once. Maybe twice. You're already caught up in the busyness of life as usual. Every once in awhile, you remember your resolution, and it makes you feel bad about yourself. Ugh! Where's the joy in that???
Here's what I'm proposing:
Don't do that this year. Forget the resolutions. Throw them out the window, and try something different!
They say you can't expect different results by doing the same thing over and over. So, try something different this year.
I've created a process that allows space for life to unfold. A process where you can set goals, dream big, and still live your day-to-day life. Even if unexpected obstacles come up (and they will!), or things don't go as planned (they rarely do!), you'll still be moving in the direction of your dreams. This is a process that'll leave you feeling happier, more fulfilled, and hopeful.
A key part of this process is chunking your goals down into categories and then translating those into affirmations. An affirmation is a statement that puts you in control of your mindset. It creates space for life to unfold, while keeping your focus on your highest goals. It keeps you focused on who you want to become this year, and less on the actual events unfolding.
Because, goodness knows, last year taught us that trying to predict the actual events of the year can be a wild card. But, when you're in control of your mindset, of who you want to become, and how you want to react, well that's everything. That puts you in the driver seat of your life no matter what happens.
I'll show you exactly how to do this in my upcoming workshop, Thriving in the New Year. It's happening January 16th and you can save your spot HERE.
(Would you rather go through it on your own? Download the workbook HERE)
You move through life, doing your day-to-day things, and all of a sudden you're an "adult!" Wrapped up in all the "tasks" and mundane routines from one day to the next. And, in the blink of an eye, it's the new year and you do it all over again.
What if the secret to getting out of the rut is letting yourself daydream? Letting your imagination run wild with ideas and possibilities!
Spend an hour with a child and you'll see how exciting your imagination can be! Seriously, how can a box be so fun? A single box can turn into a fort, spaceship, dollhouse, and about a million other things!
Visioning and imagining is fun!
It's a huge part of what gets you excited to do the mundane daily work that it takes to reach your goals. Your vision, your dream, the possibility of it all. This is your fuel.
Your vision becomes the motivation that propels you forward.
Let me share a story with you:
There once was a baby elephant tied to a pole. He could only walk a short perimeter around the pole before he felt the tug of the rope. When the elephant grew up, his owner untied the rope. He was free to roam the world! But, do you know what he did? He stayed in the small perimeter of the pole. That's all he ever knew. He could explore the world, but he chose to say tied to an imaginary rope.
You, my friend, are free to roam the world! You have the power to untie yourself. And, it all starts with your mindset and imagination.
To get started, download my Thriving in the New Year workbook. In it, you'll get my step-by-step new year's visioning process.
If you'd rather go through the process in-person with me, save your spot for the workshop on January 16th HERE
What if instead of New Year's Resolutions, you picked a word? A single word that'll be your anchor for the year. No matter what happens, you bring it back to your word.
I know this might sound totally different than what you're used to, but hear me out.
In 2020, my word was "pleasure." Pleasure is 1 of the 4 aims of life, according to the Vedic philosophy of yoga. I wanted to find more ways to bring pleasure into my life.
Obviously, I had no idea what 2020 had in store! But, in a way, everything shutting down, all the pandemic precautions, led to a more simpler way of life. I spent more time in Nature. I tried new recipes. I had to search for creative ways to connect with my loved ones.
So, although 2020 was hard. The fact that I had the word "pleasure" as my focus, led me to find creative ways to enjoy the simple moments in life even more.
The point of a word of the year isn't that it'll make all your dreams come true or your problems disappear. That would be great, and I bet you see a lot of coaches and self-help guru's proclaiming this constantly!
But, that's not my approach.
There's no single thing that's going to make your life perfect. But do you know what there is?
There's mindset shifts that you can make on a daily basis to come into a resourceful state. A state of resiliency and radiance. A state where your actions are in greater alignment with your values. From this space, you'll find a sense of fulfillment no matter the external circumstances.
Not sure how to choose your word of the year?
I'll guide you through it in my free workbook where I share my step-by-step system for Thriving in the New Year.
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Rather have me lead you through it in-person?
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I know this year was hard, but in keeping with the theme of my last blog, I invite you to give yourself this season to reflect.
Yes, this year had many losses. You may have lost a loved one. Or, your business. Or, job. These are very real losses. Like knock-you-to-your-knees-in-tears type of losses.
As I invite you to reflect, I acknowledge these losses. I honor and respect the gravity that this year has brought into your life. I see you and I hear you, my friend.
I also know that the most painful life situations give you the opportunity to dive deeper into your Self. These situations can be powerful catalysts for reconnecting to your Spirit. Opportunities to re-define what's most important to you in your life moving forward. An opportunity to figure out what you want this next season to look like.
A Simple Process For Finding The Good
This process starts with awareness and reflection. I offer you 3 questions to reflect on this week. You may want to sit with these thoughts, or even jot your responses down in a journal. Either way, I hope these questions help you find some of the blessings and silver linings in this past year.
As always, I'd love to hear your insights as you reflect on these questions. Leave a comment below or send me a message to let me know!
This is always such a time of reflection for me. This time of year. Maybe because my birthday is right around the corner. Or, the days are getting shorter and its getting dark out earlier. It's getting colder outside.
It's as though Nature is inviting you to turn inward. To reflect upon your past year and the upcoming one.
It's also an interesting time because this holiday season is going to be different than anything you've experienced before. The pandemic has brought all sorts of new challenges to the season.
But, you have the opportunity to see these as challenges OR opportunities. And so, I invite you to accept Nature's invitation to reflect inward.
This is the 1 thing to do...
Cultivate a mindset of reflection and opportunity through the challenges. This is what builds resilience and radiance. Happiness is an inside job and it starts with awareness.
Watch this 3-minute video for guidance and prompts to help you get started on your process of reflection!
For more on how to have a radiant, stress-less holiday season, download your free audio series HERE