Happy New Year, inspirNational!
I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and took some time to disconnect from technology, reconnect with loved ones, and reflect on the year’s past and the year to come. During my break from graduate school and adventure back north to visit family and friends, I came up with the following personal resolutions that I hope inspire you to have a great 2016.
Spend time enjoying what you have, rather than chasing what you don’t have. So often we aspire to make changes in our lives that demonstrate “the grass is always greener on the other side.” As we make more life changes, though, we realize that there is no “greener” side; all sides have green and brown patches. We need to learn to embrace the good, avoid the bad, and make the most of each life stage we face.
Let go of what doesn’t serve you. Let go of negativity, stress, fear, toxic relationships, and anything else that does not lead you closer to your dreams and your joys. If something is not helping you fulfill your purpose, which is often your greatest contribution to the world, it should be removed from your daily life.
Live in the moment. This will enable you to be your happiest and appreciate all that comes your way each day. I once heard that if we are feeling sad, we are likely thinking about the past. If we are feeling anxious, we are likely thinking about the future. But if we are feeling happy, we are thinking in the present. Avoid sadness and anxiety by thinking in the present!
Define or refine what makes you, “you.” Create a vision for yourself this year, including all aspects of your life. Draw a picture of the ideal “you” in action. According to the laws of attraction, our thoughts dictate what occurs in our lives. So if we write or draw who we would like to be, we will attract that lifestyle and help make our dreams come to fruition.
Set your goals in the affirmative, saying what you will do rather than what you will not do. For example, say “I will eat healthy” rather than “I will not eat junk food.” This will reinforce the positive nature of the life changes you are making.
May 2016 bring you joy, comfort, laughter, love, certainty, and reassurance that you are one year closer to fulfilling your purpose in life!