If you’ve already written out a list of goals or New Year’s Resolutions for the year, there’s still time to make an adjustment that’ll make a HUGE contribution in your journey toward self-actualization.
Inhale through your nose while imagining your entire body as a set of lungs. Pull the inhale all the way down to your feet.
Now exhale through your mouth, letting this inhale out with effortless ease.
Repeat the above three times.
Now that your mind is clearer and you’re more relaxed, let’s start the New Year off with a BANG.
Contrary to what many erroneously believe, starting the year with gusto is NOT done by writing out goals or resolutions, at least not if you want to create a surge of unstoppable momentum.
This is why I say the first order of business is to recall and review, and do so with a pen in hand and several sheets of paper before you.
What do you recall and review?
You recall what you’re grateful and thankful for about the preceding year (or years).
Begin making a list of at least 10 events, experiences or things you’re grateful for about your life that took place last year.
If you’re drawing a blank, then you’ve proven my point. You’re in no position to be starting the year off with goals or resolutions.
As Emerson once wrote, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
This means if you have no gratitude you are also grossly deficient in enthusiasm.
Be-cause gratitude is the fuel that puts your life into a state of mellifluous flow.
Gratitude supercharges your emotional state and makes it relatively easy for you to imagine and feel positive possibilities manifesting in the future NOWS of your life.
Still can’t come up with anything to be grateful for?
Then consider the following uestion:
“What would you object to having removed from your life?”
If you were to have your sight, hearing or ability to taste removed, would you object?
If so, you better consider these senses as something you’re grateful for.
How about if you were to have your home, your vehicle(s), the clothes on your back or in your dresser or closet taken away?
Are you fine with that?
If so, either give them away or be grateful for having them.
How about your ability to walk, talk and remember?
Don’t care about them?
Oh, you do?
Very good. Be grateful for them because there are plenty of people with dementia who, if they could still remember, would wish to have these skills back.
I first arrived at the conclusions shared with you in this email while on board a plane back to the U.S. of A.
A New Year was upon us, so I took out a pad to write my goals for the New Year.
For some odd reason I couldn’t do so.
Instead, I felt compelled to recall and review what was already good about my life.
My list ended up covering well over 100 items and the mere act of putting this list on paper with a pen in hand created a surge of joy and euphoria that was unmistakable.
In coaching calls with clients I began sharing this technique and the results were off the charts compared to starting the year with goals and/or resolutions.
Everyone achieved far faster than ever before – and did so while maintaining a pleasant state of equanimity and harmony.
Today, I’m sharing this wisdom with you and I sincerely believe you’ll be amazed at how good you will feel as your list gets longer and longer.
Take a few days on this.
Start NOW but continue to add to the list over the course of a few days.
Reread the list each day. Form a mental image of each memory and play it for a few seconds.
Then stand back and behold as the seas part and your life begins to move forward.
At this positive feeling builds within you, you’re ready to craft some goals.
I’ll be covering more on the subject of goals and how to achieve them in the near future.
In the interim…
See it. Feel it. Do it.