A change of season is coming. In the southern hemisphere, to spring. In the northern hemisphere, to autumn. Seasons can be used as markers. You are transitioning from one season to another. It is a great time to reflect, assess and aspire.
Where and how are you as we change seasons?
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If you are to have a productive and fulfilling year, what must you do? You deal with things that are urgent in many areas. Do you consider yourself enough of a priority to make your well-being an urgent matter?
Pick one or two actions that can bring you closer to having 2018 be the year you want it to be. Make them urgent and you will get them done!
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As you start 2018, how about you let go of old ways, regrets, lessons learned, empty intentions and “on paper only” goals and you wipe the slate clean? This is a new year and, in many ways, is very different than the start of 2017. Wiping the slate clean makes room for fresh thinking, new approaches and determining what is needed right now.
Wiping the slate clean can mean anything you’d like it to. For me, wiping the slate clean involves starting anew and committing to what I want to accomplish and do in 2018. No burdens, just setting my direction, considering realities and moving forward.
Wiping the slate clean is a fresh start and holds the promise of creating a successful and fulfilling year ahead.
An ending is approaching – the end of 2017. What is the state of your work right now? Are you on top of things? Have you met the goals you had for this year? Are you ready to call 2017 a success?
The end of 2017 is non-negotiable. Do what you can to make it a positive ending.
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There is power in persisting. It may seem that you are trying and trying, with little result. You may feel discouraged or weary. As long as you want to reach your destination, keep going. You do not always know where an endpoint is or what a journey asks of you.
Quitting often gets you nowhere. Persisting serves you. You get stronger in the process. You develop clarity and focus. You gain wisdom. Eventually, you get the prize, even if it is not the prize you originally were going for.
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We are coming towards the end of the year and to the holidays that start to wind things down. It is a good time to think about the year to come. What would you say is “next” for you? Figuring this out helps you focus and set your intent.
Here are a few questions to help you get started:
• How can I grow?
• How has my perspective shifted this year?
• What do I want to leave behind in 2017?
• What am I willing to commit to in 2018?
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Coasting can be a good thing to do at times. Other times, it may not be. There are right times for coasting: to give yourself a breather, when demands on you are lighter or when you’re on a roll and moving forward requires less effort than usual. Coasting can be harmful, however, when you have someplace to go and are slowing yourself down, when your motivation is low or when you are lost.
The downsides of coasting when you have someplace to go are that you are not getting where you want to be, your resistance can build and you can start falling behind.
Let yourself coast when it makes sense. Otherwise, keep your momentum and focus going so that you can get where you want to be.
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Many things create new beginnings. What has created new beginnings in your life? Perhaps it was something going away, something new coming in, an ending, a disappointment, a dream that grows within you or a strong desire for change. Sometimes new beginnings are anticipated and sometimes they are unexpected.
When you face a new beginning, best to stay fully in the present moment so that you can deal with its reality. If it has surprised you, give yourself time to come up with a response. Bring your best to the situation and accept that you cannot go backward, only forward. Change is a constant in life. Make your new beginnings fun and productive.
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Sometimes, you can go along for a while without a lot happening or without knowing what’s next. It can be a kind of quiet growth period. Then, you get restless and want to know what’s next. It is like the newly formed butterfly wanting to break out of the cocoon, without knowing what awaits it outside. As with the butterfly, you want to make sure you are ready to make the best of your next move.
Sometimes, you can jump ahead without being ready or knowing where you are going. This is okay, but has its risks. Best to be prepared. There is also the other, sometimes mysterious, factor of timing. You don’t always control the timing of things. If you push before the time is right, your move can backfire.
When you are ready to break out, make sure you are aware, at your best and ready. That way, every move can be a positive one.
I was at a workshop, years ago, and someone asked for advice on deciding where she wanted to live. The teacher’s answer was quite good. She said that one way to start a decision-making process like this is to ask yourself, What lifestyle do I want? In asking and answering this question, you set a path for the choices you will be making.
Is your present lifestyle what you want it to be? Are there any changes you would like to make? If there are, get started creating the lifestyle you want to be living. Small or large steps, you’ll be on your way to a fulfilling life.
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