Why wait until January to consider some of the more internal steps we can start now to ensure an even better 2018? Here’s a few things to get you started.
- Get aligned. Let’s face it; most of us get our energy all out of whack this time of year. We’re more focused on presents than presence. It’s important to note that the ending point for 2016 is the starting point of 2017, so you’ll want to put your best foot forward. If we over indulge all month and then wake up with a hangover January 1st, your “new year” really isn’t all that new, is it? Remember that you are constantly emitting a frequency that’s being imprinted on the universe and bringing more of the same level of energy back to you. Align your energy and actions with your intentions.
- Focus on priorities. It’s all too easy to get caught up on Facebook, cleaning off your desk, or any number of other activities that really qualify as “busy work.” Priorities are the things that help you accomplish your major mission in life. Distractions will arise, but it’s up to each of us to determine if they are in fact priorities. What’s helpful to remember is that there are probably only a few things that need to be done in order to reach the goals you’ve set for yourself. In other words, if you’re an artist, then nothing is more of a priority than making art and finding people to buy it. If you’re in sales, then nothing is more important than finding new clients and serving current ones. We tend to avoid the very things that get us to our goals the quickest.
- Fire your fear. Fear is a biological response to a perceived threat and it can serve you very well if you’re being chased by a grizzly or alone at night in a dark alley. However, that same physiological response does you little good when you’re asking someone out on a date, to sign a contract, or to hire you for a gig. It’s important to note that the most successful people on the planet have not magically disposed of all self-doubting scary thoughts. On the contrary, even the most famous speakers, actors, singers, and CEO’s still get butterflies from time to time. You can eliminate fear from your life—the trick is to muster the courage to take action in the face of fear. You’ll build that muscle faster than an award winning body builder.
- Fail forward. It’s inevitable that we’ll all trip on our shoe laces from time to time. Rejection isn’t personal (it just feels that way) and at the end of the day, all the people you were worried about looking foolish in front of weren’t looking at you anyway. In fact, most people think about their ear wax more than they do your life, so get over the idea that failing is the end of the world. In fact, failing forward means you’ve learned something that most people won’t be brave enough to try. Get up, dust off, and go for the next round.
- Employ your mind. Our imaginations are the most underutilized tools we have. From Thomas Edison (and every inventor) to just about every professional athlete and Olympian, the use of the mind has been profoundly under rated. Spend time in both silence (to hear your intuition) and time in imagination (to create your biggest intentions). Nothing could be more important to help you have the best New Year ever.
Happy New Year!