We’re a month into the new year and a new year it is, indeed. For me, 2017 was a time of transition, resting, and transforming. My biggest takeaways from last year include the following four principles:
- Nothing is lost. When change happens, it can feel like something’s been lost. Typically, a part of our lives that was familiar comes to an end for a variety of reasons. I used to call these endings. Now I see them as beginnings. I also recognize that I always bring forward new skills, relationships, and insights that somehow align with what’s next for me. It feels so much easier to embrace change knowing I’ve lost nothing.
- Re-energizing is vital. Most people I know these days invest a lot of time and energy in dealing with challenges and trying to lead their best life. We must, at times, embrace our humanness and rest. We must go within to burst forward later with renewed energy, passion, and enthusiasm.
- Opportunities are everywhere. Trusting that there are endless possibilities to fill whatever perceived void we may feel during times of change is an empowering perspective. When something leaves our life, be it a job, a relationship, or another aspect of our wellbeing we are invited to be, do, and have something different. Be open to new opportunities. Explore possibilities. Be curious about what might be available to you now.
- Step back then step up. Take time to assess what matters most. Revisit your values. Redefine your passion…and then kick it into high gear and take action.
The end of 2017 was a perfect time for me to put all of this into practice. I took the last 30 days to create a whole new structure to my day. I took the following steps:
- Identified three critical goals. I use these goals to make decisions about how and where to invest my time and energy in 2018 to continue to create an extraordinary life.
- Developed more disciplined. Like many people, I found myself caught up in social media in 2017 as never before. I can be informed and proactive without becoming submersed. I evaluated areas of life that bring more balance – proper nutrition, social/fun activities, good relationships, physical activity, personal growth – and made changes in each area slowly over the past 30 days. There’s more to ‘grow’, of course but my daily routine looks much different now than it did last year.
- Got serious about meditation. I’ve used meditation and guided visualization sporadically throughout the years. Now it is part of my daily practice. I am so much more calm, focused, and clear when I start and end my day with a simple practice of getting still.
30 days into the new year, I am happy to report that making a small number of changes has resulted in a very different experience of life.
- What do you imagine your life would look like 30 days from now if you operated by the 4 Principles listed above?
- What outcomes could you generate in the next 30 days even if you only did Step 1 (Identify 3 critical goals) and Step 2 (Developed more discipline)?
- What’s possible for you in 2018?