The end of the year is the perfect time for reflection. It’s a chance to look at the past, learn from losses…
And celebrate your wins!
It’s also a time to meet the future with goals and dreams that fire up your spirit with passion and purpose…
Your life is precious.
Your gifts are needed.
Your passion is powerful.
Never forget how loved you are and how important your unique calling is in the world.
I gotta tell you,
I have a really, really good feeling about 2014.
I can’t explain it, it’s just an intuition.
I’m really looking forward to this next year, and I’m going to make sure I relish every single moment of every single day.
I hope you feel the same.
If for any reason you don’t, please let me infect you with my irrational and exuberant optimism… That’s just how I roll. 😉
Let me begin todays post by asking you a simple question…
What’s Your Story?
We all love a good story.
Stories define us, and we all tell stories about ourselves.
When we want someone to know us, we share stories
about our childhood, our family, our school years, our
first loves, our achievements, and so on.
Let’s jump 100 days to April 10, 2014 and think about
the story you are going to tell yourself and repeat
numerous times to others.
Will it be a story of…
REDEMPTION and how you turned things around and
are now on a hot streak.
MASSIVE SUCCESS and how you started 2014 fast,
focused and fired up.
REGRET and how you let so many opportunities slip
by due to fear and procrastination.
EXCUSES and complaining about how hard it was to
ever find the time, money, resources, etc to ever get anything done.
You must accept this reality…
On April 10…your story will have been written.
The narrative of that story will be a result of your inner
dialog, choices and corresponding performance.
Is it going to be seen as the sad consequence of neglect,
poor character, lack of direction and ambition,
will it be an inspiring example of talent put to good use in
the intense pursuit of clearly defined New Year goals?
The day you begin taking responsibility for everything that has shown up in your life, is the very same day you discover the power to change it.
Only from the seat of responsibility can you change your familiar story to create the space for what you really desire to show up.
Claim your power by owning your past and make a commitment to create the future you desire.
Discipline is truly the power to make your dreams happen. Without it aNew years RESOULTION will never become a REALITY.
Discipline is defined as a commitment to the most important person in the world. It means doing what you have to do, even when you don’t want to do it.
Any behaviour that gets recognized and/or rewarded gets repeated.
To be disciplined for life requires that you recognize and reward yourself accordingly.
So let’s start with the first question:
who is the most important person in the world?
While you are at it, who is your greatest enemy?
It is fair to say that you came into this world as a miracle. Then what happened?
You got exposed to the outside world – family, religion, education, friends, politics, etc., and you internalized these messages.
You have created who you are by what YOU allowed in.
Is it fair to say you have created your own fears, barriers, limitations, and beliefs primarily because you have lived your life from the outside-in?
Is it fair to say you are who you are because of YOU?
Yes, you are the most important person in the world, and at the same time your own worst enemy.
Maybe it is time to take a good look at your beliefs about you.
As an adult, you should be able to distinguish between fact and fiction – what is real about you and what is not.
Maybe it is time to turn things around, to believe in yourself, to take control of your life and start living your life from the inside-out.
Your beliefs will determine your attitude.
Your attitude determines how you feel.
How you feel determines the actions you take.
Which in the end provide you with results.
Are you getting the results you are looking for?
If not, take control of your life and start living your life from the inside-out, instead of the outside-in.
Combining attitude and discipline, both of which are 100% under your control, will increase your performance by 200%.
What is the most productive time of your day – morning, day or night?
What would happen if you took one hour of that most productive time and dedicated it to the most important person in the world?
As a morning person, that is what I do first. After that hour, I reward myself with my first cup of coffee. (Ummm, is it ever good.)
Of all commitments one makes in life, the one you make to yourself is by far the most important.
So today, the biggest day of the year for setting goals, may I offer you a suggestion?
Set a goal to honor who you are, and what your heart desires.
Forget the goals to lose weight, make more money, fall in love…
None of these goals will be successful unless you start making a committment to YOU!
You are the author of your future. You and God…nobody else.
The best thing I ever did to get my life on track was to stop tearing MYSELF down.
I started to treat myself the way I treated the people in my life when they made mistakes; GENTLY!
I have never been the kind of person to judge or berate someone for a mistake. I am that person who gently tries to help them understand why it was wrong, and what they can do to fix it.
But when I made a mistake…I was BRUTAL with myself. I taunted and tormented myself till I was convinced that I was the worlds biggest failure.
I have learned to speak to myself exactly the same way I would talk to a friend who was hurting and had come to me for support and advice.
By changing this one behavior, I changed EVERYTHING!
Today, when you begin your story of 2014…make sure you are kind, gentle and dedicated to the main character of your story: YOU!
Happy New Years.