Its the first day of 2014, hope you had a great 2013?
Got a mail from my friend and mentor. Great stuff. I had to share,italics are mine…please read…
2013 has been an amazing year in many ways, and 2014 has the potential for you to truly take giants steps forward and achieve the goals you set. But did you know, according to Forbes, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions? It is possible that you could be part of the 8%, but chances are that you have set some resolutions or goals – maybe even the same goals – year in and year out without achieving them. Don’t despair or throw your hands up and give up. I have a way to approach 2014 that will up the odds of you truly doing what you want to do in 2014
First, take time to celebrate your achievements of 2013. I know you have some and probably some really terrific ones. Lift your champagne or sparkling cider glass and give yourself a toast. Write out a list of your major accomplishments. Cheers to you! In order to really up your energy vibration, celebrations are important.
Next, reflect on what did not happen in 2013 for you. What were some of the goals that remained elusive? This is not the time to beat yourself up, but it is the time to let all of the emotions surface. Acknowledge how you feel. Are you angry? sad? frustrated? resigned? exhausted? Let yourself have those feelings.
Then let go of 2013. Light a candle. Take three deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Close your eyes. Imagine everything, all the residue from 2013 lifting off you like a mist and floating up into the sky and transforming into a beautiful light. Blow out your candle. You are ready to go move into 2014.
Now it is vision time, but with a different approach. Imagine it is Jan 1, 2015. Yes, I said 2015. Reflect back over 2014 on all of your accomplishments. Notice I said your accomplishments not what others expect but what you truly want, ‘cos if its not truly yours, achieving it would be practically impossible. Own your goals. Your values and goals must align for you to accomplish them.
Write them down like they occurred in the past. Example, “It is Jan 1, 2015 and as I look back over 2014, I am amazed and in awe that I paid all of my obligations in full. I even created a comfortable cushion of $25,000 in my checking account. I traveled to India, the trip was magnificent. I remember when I first landed at the airport…. ” and so on. When you write like something has already happened there is more power in it. It creates the feeling of “a sure” thing. We reminisce all of the time- why not use it to your powerful advantage.
Finally, take inspired action steps related to your vision every day.
Here are some top tips for success and happiness in 2014.
Practice a daily journaling habit and write about positive things.
Be grateful every day- create a gratitude list every day.
Meditate/pray every day.
Exercise 6 days a week- doing what you love.
Learn something new every day.
Give 8 hugs per day.
Give generously and Receive generously.
Play every day.
Love every day- including yourself.
Be kind and gentle with yourself and others.
If some of these habits seem overwhelming, remember that willpower is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets and the easier it gets. If you start a habit it and practice it for a month, you are highly likely to make it a permanent change. If you practice it for three months, you are almost guaranteed to make a permanent change.