Six easy steps to create the life you want
If not now, when?
What time is it? Now is the time. If not now, when?
Think back to one year ago. Was this past year all that you dreamed and wished? Why? Why not?
One thing is for sure — the year flew by more quickly than expected. Each month, week and day had great potential. Did you achieve what you wanted? This year has 365 precious days, days that you can choose to live life to the fullest or not.
As we transition to the new year, here are a few things to do:
ASSESS. What were your goals? How did you do in attaining them? Looking back, what would you change / release / purge if you could? Don't over analyze this. Just let it flow. Write it down.
CONNECT. Ask for feedback. What people whom you respect can provide you with valuable insights on your last year? Give them a call. Or if they're not reachable, ask yourself what would that person say to me? Is this what you need to hear?
GO DEEP. Inside each of us are seven chakra centers. Many people believe, including the Native Americans, that there is a symbolic power animal associated with each chakra and it has great wisdom. Get to know your animals through a meditation and invite them to share their wisdom with you. What do they tell you about your last year and about priorities for the New Year?
PREPARE. Gather all the insights from within and outside yourself. Put them in the back of your mind. Sleep on them. Meditate and let them percolate. Pray and ask for guidance. Take notes. Let a new understanding emerge.
ENVISION. See yourself living the New Year and standing at year's end. What does your vision look like? How does it feel to you to fulfill it?
PLAN. When you are ready and with your vision in mind, put together a list of your top 3-5 areas of focus to attain your vision. What do you need to do to bridge the gap from where you are now to where you want to go? Create a written list of the steps in your plan. What is a word or simple phrase that encapsulates its theme?
The time is now to create the life you want. Don't wait. Assess, connect, go deep, prepare, envision and plan. As Lao Tzu says, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." Take that first step.