Before You Make Your New Year’s Resolutions, Read This
What would you love to see happen in your life by this time next year?
Even if you take nothing else away from this blog post today, I highly encourage you to spend some time digging deep to answer this question.
Do you dream of becoming the healthiest version of yourself, finding the love of your life or moving into your dream home?
Perhaps you can see yourself growing your business or increasing your service in the world…
The beginning of a new year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what you’ve learned over the last year and think about all that you’d love to accomplish in the coming year.
And for many of us, it’s the perfect time for a fresh start!
Whatever your goals are for 2019, here are three simple principles that can help you on your journey to creating a life you absolutely love living over the next 365 days.
1. Create a vision for your life one year from now
Look down at what you’re wearing right now. The clothing you have on was made the way it was made because somebody had a vision. The clothing designer had a dream or a blueprint in mind for how that particular piece of clothing would look, feel and function.
Maybe they envisioned buttons or a collar. So he or she put the pattern together, first in his or her mind, and then on paper. The next step included gathering and organizing whatever materials were needed to produce what you’re wearing at this very moment.
Why does this matter? Well, in order to create a life you’d love, you must first start by picturing it in your mind.
Think about this for a moment: some people spend more time planning a weekend trip than they spend planning their lives.
The simple truth is that if you keep breathing 365 more days, you’re going to arrive at January 1st, 2020. This isn’t a question or a possibility. This absolutely will occur.
So, would you like to purposefully create your life or would you prefer to step aside and let someone else create it for you?
I highly encourage you to set aside some time to create a blueprint for your life by writing down the answers to the following questions:
- If you could have or experience anything in your life, what would you love?
- If you could be the kind of person you’d love to be, who would that be?
- If you could share anything with your children or grandchildren, what would you love to share?
- What kind of results would you love to see in your business or workplace?
Whether you choose to do this exercise or not, know this: You will have results in all areas of your life as long as you keep breathing.
Your relationships will either get stronger, deeper, more powerful and more wonderful, or they may become more distant. Your health will become better or worse, even if just a little bit. You will continue to produce results in your business or career, positive or negative.
Creating a vision for what you’d love is so important because it gives us a destination in mind.
Envisioning what we truly want gives us a clear picture of what we’re building and creating, and also provides a map for how to organize our energy, time and attention.
Have fun with this exercise!
2. Make a firm decision that you want the life you envision
The next practice is to decide that you want what you envision enough to be a match for that vision.
A great way to think about this is to think about what you do when you want to watch a particular TV show. You don’t sit in front of the television and hope, pray, beg or meditate for the show to come on. You simply turn on the TV and switch to your show on Netflix.
In the same way, when you make a decision, you are commanding your subconscious mind to change the direction of your life. You’re willing to change the thoughts that you think, the actions that you take, and the way you organize your time and energy to be in harmony with the vision you have for the life you’d love living.
You can be, do and have anything you want if you become a match for what it is that you say you want. This isn’t magic; it’s something that you organize, lean into and practice on a daily basis.
3. Surround yourself with support
The pull to the familiar is incredibly strong – so strong that we can imagine it like sending a spacecraft into space.
Rockets are built underneath the spacecraft. There’s a big rumbling sound as the spacecraft lifts off. Then, once it gets to the edge of the earth’s atmosphere, the pull of gravity is so strong, a booster rocket is needed. The booster rocket then shoots the spacecraft right out of the gravitational pull of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Similar to what the spacecraft experiences, there’s a gravitational pull to the lives we’ve been living – what we call our comfort zone. That’s the reason why so many people start out with great big New Year’s resolutions and end up with very small results.
Surrounding yourself with support is a huge booster rocket for you. The support you receive mustn’t be just once, and not just during the first week. You should seek out and receive support daily.
For you, this may mean five minutes per day of reading or listening to something inspirational. These few minutes of support each day can lead to huge results over the course of time.
Love speaks to each one of us in a language only we can understand
Know this: Ideas will come to you when you ask yourself, “What would I love?” These answers may not make sense to anyone else but you.
I invite you to create a vision over the next few days of what you would absolutely love in the four areas of your life: Health, relationships, vocation, and time and money freedom.
Next, make a decision to move toward creating those results in your life – not because you know how or because you’ve done it before, but because you would love it.
And finally, organize your time so that five minutes each day, in one way or another, you’re giving yourself support to stay in the frequency that’s a match of the vision you hold. Whether you watch a video on the Brave Thinking Institute YouTube channel or read something inspirational, make it just as much a habit as brushing your teeth.
My wish for you over the next year is that you discover that there’s a power and a love within you that speaks to you on a daily basis and that you know you’re not alone in this life. Your vision will support you if you do your part.
This is going to be your best year ever. I just know it!
So…what would you love to see happen in your life by this time next year?
Go ahead and share with all of us in the comments section below 🙂