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|January 2021 Newsletter |
It is a yearly tradition for many to review the past year, and plan ahead for the upcoming year by creating a vision board or by journaling about goals, visions, plans, thoughts for the New Year. The idea behind these practices is that we start off the new year with purpose, focus and goals.
But what we mostly forget is that it is the PROCESS, not the GOAL, that is ultimately important, for by pursuing our goals and trying first this, then that, we learn and we grow. We learn what works and what doesn’t. What serves us and what is a waste of our time and efforts. We learn what builds us up and what tears us down. We learn where our strengths and skills lie. We learn what we love to do, and what fulfills us. And we learn how to change direction, change our focus, reallocate our time towards things that really serve us.
In determining which path to take, which goals to set, it is wise to keep in mind where your skills and passions lie. A life lived doing something you are good at but does not include your passion, is not fulfilling. Andre Agassi, one of the world’s most successful tennis players, did not really like to play tennis. He did it, to please his father, but at a certain point in his life he left tennis to do what he really wanted to do: a life of service. He and his Foundation established and run a college preparatory school for at risk students, a far cry from a life playing tennis. But he is now fulfilling his mission in life and happier for it.
So this year when you are creating the year ahead in your mind, remember to follow your passion/mission in life, allow for mistakes, for slip ups, for making a few steps back before moving forward again and give yourself permission to alter your course if you find you are on the wrong path. Generally speaking the pathway to our goals is not straight and easy. It can curve back in on itself sometimes, or even become so filled with weeds we can’t see our way. When that happens, take time to breathe and refocus. Remember the old adage “it’s not a sprint but a marathon”. Give yourself time for reflection and even relaxation in pursuit of your goals for the year. Be gentle with yourself as well as a wise taskmaster. Try not to loose your enthusiasm or even the vision of what you see today as your goal for the year ahead. Don’t be afraid to readjust your goal as time moves forward so be flexible. And remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Trite but true!
Let’s change our future for the new year and make this one the best year ever! The Gift of a New Year
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“Life is short. Don’t waste it by living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs
Start the New Year off with support in a bottle! Once you have set your goals, look to color to give you a powerful, gentle, loving way to support yourself. If you have questions about which will help you most, contact me at Lifepnet@aol.com
“You have a treasure inside of you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”