It’s the beginning of a new year and with it comes a clean slate and the opportunity to create and live your best life in 2018. It’s the traditional “goal-setting” time of the year.
Unfortunately - according to the US News - statistics show that 80% fall off of the proverbial goal bandwagon by the second week of February.
So how do you avoid becoming a statistic? Last year I read a very helpful article by Martha Beck on this very issue where she recommends assembling a “Fellowship of the Resolution.” She offers great insight into why folks abandon their New Year’s resolutions and she shares a wonderful solution in terms of developing a support network. Check it out here!
Now that you understand the reality behind the statistics, let’s work on setting your big, audacious goals - and set systems in place to keep you on the accomplishment track!
As the autumn leaves change to brilliant shades of orange, yellow, rust and red before falling to the ground in preparation for the cold winter air so does the soul journey inward shedding layers of doubt, insecurity, shame, guilt and fear as it dives deeper.
And in the same way the buds of spring bring new life and color, so does the soul emerge with the brightness of joy, playfulness, creativity, wonder and awe. Once the old beliefs and patterns are shed, the new can begin.
Taking small, consistent action creates big, lasting change.
Staying in the flow and staying in constant movement and motion enables us to accomplish big goals in our lives and in our businesses.
Take a look at the power of water. The constant motion and consistent movement of water has incredible power to carve and create ever shifting landscapes.
The other day I was sitting at my desk deep in concentration on a project when a rustling sound entered into my awareness - a consistent rustling coming from inside the house.
Full disclosure: I do live in the desert and have had mice in my space over the years and even the occasional woodrat has breached the premises. I am NOT a fan and usually need to get outside help and support when these creatures appear.
So - needless to say my concentration was shot and my eyes were pulled directly to the corner that was the source of the rustling. It was persistent. And loud. My mind went towards thinking it must be larger than a mouse. I moved from my desk chair into my bedroom to hide and escape. I did NOT want to deal with this or face it.
Recently I met with three different girlfriends over the course of the week - a Sunday brunch with a coaching friend, a Tuesday dinner with a Maui girlfriend and Thursday dinner and cocktails with another lovely female friend.
During these intimate conversations, all three women shared their vulnerability with an honest, open heart. There were tears and there was laughter. Because, let’s face it, the challenges we women face on a daily, weekly, monthly basis are real.
There is a power within each and every one of us.
It is a power that can spark forward momentum and massive change in our lives
It can open us up to new opportunities and new possibilities.
But it can also keep us stuck or worse, send us spiraling downwards.
It is the power of choice.
And we are always at choice.
Happiness appears to be elusive in today’s society as everyone seems to be in pursuit of the happy life. Think about it - we’ve all heard a good friend say something along the lines of “I’ll be so happy when … " or “If only I had … , then I’d be happy.” Heck - we're likely guilty of saying something similar ourselves! According to the 2017 World Happiness Report the United States scored 6.8 out of 10 on the happiness scale. That’s not a lot of happy.
So what are some ways to bring more happiness into your daily life and routine?
I am currently participating in a marathon. It requires no running.
It is the "You Matter Marathon" which truly aligns with my mission and heart-centered approach to business and to life.
Will you join me?
Recently I was lucky enough to lead a laughter yoga session with a group of seniors at an assisted living center here in Reno, NV. When I arrived, the activity professionals had already gathered a sizable group of residents together and the energy in the room was palpable. They were ready to laugh!
The thing about laughing with senior groups is that I get so much out of it too. They teach me amidst all of the laughter yoga exercises and shenanigans.
What does living a life full of wonder mean to you?
Below you will find ten promises for a wonder-full life. Examine them. Hold them up to your heart to see which ones resonate with you. What would you add to this list? What would you modify or take away? Please share in the comments below as we all learn from one another on this journey of making our best lives a priority.