Seeing a new year come upon you many start to think about a new direction in their life. The end of a year provides an opportunity to reflectively review and decide if a course correction is in order. Here are 5 ways to view this important time in your life.
1. Realize your past has nothing to do with your future
Many people get stuck in life, not moving forward because they have really lost hope that it can ever be better. That is a false view of life. With hope comes faith. Anyone can begin to live the life of their dreams but it has to start with the dream; an attitude of believing that you can accomplish anything in life.
2. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
I included Neil Armstrong’s famous line as he placed his foot on the moon before any other man. It’s important that change first starts with belief, hope and faith. Those are really important attributes of change and are a fundamental of living your dream life. Will you all of a sudden be transformed into a dream machine on a beach somewhere in the South Pacific? No. But it does mean that you’re on that beach in your mind and then today start to move toward it with one small step. Perhaps you need extra cash flow. You can begin to explore a new and better way to increase it. That is movement forward. This way of thinking; faithful and with hope, is one giant leap for you.
3. Accept all offerings
Have you ever been disappointed out an outcome that you received? If so, then you were “expecting” a different outcome. Expectation is the enemy! What if you just acted in faith toward your goal as you worked in daily small steps to achieve it and were just “hopeful” that you’d receive your dream want? With being grateful for “any” outcome, i.e. offering, you’d never be disappointed. You’d be happy at what ever the offering was. Gratitude begets more gratitude. Disappointment begets more disappointment. Happiness is a state where you accept that with which you have no control. This shift in your thinking will yield monumental results.
” Expectation is the enemy! “
4. Improve your well-being, improve every aspect of your life
A good place to start to make changes in your life is with your well-being. Well-being is the connection between body-mind-spirit. As you make “choices” to eat better, exercise better and sleep better you’ll almost immediately be rewarded with feeling better and less worrisome thoughts. That’s a clue friend! When your health changes because you believed it would, you’ll start to see your thoughts change. You’ll conquer the thoughts created because you have low energy or you have pain. You’ll begin to “feel” better about yourself and that will improve your confidence and help you overcome deep insecurity about how you view how others may be looking at you. Physical health is a key to making lifelong lasting change because you’ll learn about “how to change” other aspects of your life too.
5. Create a vision board
A vision board is nothing more than words or pictures that depict the life you want. Review it everyday and keep those images in your mind’s eye. But the process of creating the vision board is as important as the board itself. The process is a mini-life unfolding. You 1) think about your ideal life and 2) create it on the board. The board itself started in your head. You exercised faith that if you looked in a certain magazine or did a Google search you’d find the photo that equated to your dream that you wanted to paste on the board. That is precisely how to create an ideal life. You see what you want and begin a series of actions to take you there.