I’m really excited about the coming year and all of the possibilities in store for us! How about you? As I look back on this year, I've seen huge transitions in many areas of my life, but all in a positive way.
I know many of you can relate to this because of the changes you've gone through, too! That's why so many of us are ready for the next chapter in our lives to begin. And, as the saying goes, "When one door closes, another opens." So, 2014, here we come!
If you’re into astrology, you're probably aware that we're experiencing a rare phenomenon this month: the month begins on a new moon and ends on a new moon. Nadiya Shah, an astrologer here in Toronto, explained really well what this means:
I know that many of you have tried everything in the book to improve your health, but it’s not working. It may be that you’re stuck in another key area of your life, which is affecting your health and preventing you from moving forward.
That's why I'm advising you to not feel pressured into starting a membership at a gym or joining a detox class on January 1. In all honesty, if you haven’t mastered the most simple, fundamental principles of health and wellness, you might be setting yourself up for yet another failure . . . been there, done that . . . I know how it feels.
Today, I just want to share 10 simple things you can do right now to remove some of the obstacles that are blocking your path to better health and wellness. You’ll see that reaching your goals is not just about “doing”; it’s a way of “being.”
10 Inspirational Ways to Start the New Year Out RightI’ve been a huge fan of Marc and Angel’s blog for some time now! I always get inspired when I read their blog posts; there's so much truth in them.
Here are 10 of my favorite inspirational messages that we can all apply in our daily lives. I know that each of you will be able to relate to these messages in your own special way.
1. Start by asking yourself “how” or “what” questions such as, “how do I accomplish what I want?" or “what steps can I take to improve my situation?" And let’s stop asking ourselves self-defeating “why” and “when” questions, such as “why did this happen to me?" or “when will my bad luck end?" Those types of questions put you in the role of helpless victim and never serve you well. The truth is that life has its “ups” and “downs,” and we're going to experience the “downs” at one time or another. But, what’s important is how we deal with them.
2. Learn to let GO of what wasn’t meant to be. Letting go is part of moving on to something better. You won't get what you truly deserve if you’re too attached to the things you’re supposed to let go of. Sometimes you love, and you struggle, and you learn, and you move on. And that’s okay. You must be willing to let go of the life you had planned for yourself so you can enjoy the life that's waiting for you. "
3. Don’t wish your life away. The truth is that your whole life has been leading up to this moment. Think about that for a second. Every single thing you’ve gone through in life—every high, every low, and everything in between—has led you to this moment right now. This moment is priceless, and it’s the only moment guaranteed to you. This moment is your life so don’t miss it.
4. What are you tolerating? What in your current life are you just tolerating? What drains your energy or constantly bugs you? Start addressing these things one by one to make room for the new, good stuff coming your way.
5. Get rid of clutter. This means not only physical clutter but also the clutter of too many distractions, activities, and commitments that are sucking your time and energy.
6. Refine your relationships. Look at all of your close relationships, both personal and professional. Are there any that are draining you, upsetting you, or causing you problems? How can you release these people or change your relationship with them to make room for important, new relationships?
7. Reduce your commitments. This one has been very challenging for me but so rewarding. Our lives are so often cluttered with things that we need to do—at home, work, or school; in our religious or civic lives; with friends and family; with hobbies; and so on.
Take a look at each area of your life and write down all of the commitments you've made. Seeing it written down can be quite an eye-opening experience, as well as overwhelming. Then, look at each one and decide whether it really brings you joy and value, and if it's worth the amount of time that you're investing in it. Another way to reduce your commitments is to identify a few that you truly love, and get rid of the rest. Learn how to say "no" and decline offers. If you eliminate the things that don’t bring you joy or value, you’ll have more time for the things that you love!
8. Remember the importance of forgiveness. The importance of forgiveness has everything to do with your own well-being. Through forgiveness, you literally set yourself free! How does that work? When forgiveness takes place, we naturally release the disturbing thoughts and emotions that are draining our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The result is greater health and happiness, in addition to the endless benefits that forgiveness brings.
9. Forget what everyone thinks and wants for you. One of the greatest freedoms you can experience is simply not caring what everyone else thinks of you. Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself who you are and what you want to be.
The best thing you can do is to follow your heart. Sometimes that means taking risks. Don’t just accept the safe and easy choices because you’re afraid of what others will think, or afraid of what might happen. If you do, nothing will ever happen. Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big because they aren’t.
10. Life isn’t a race; you have nothing to prove to others. Everyone wants to get to the top of the mountain first and shout, “Look at me! Look at me!” But the truth is, all your happiness and growth occur while you’re climbing, not while you’re sitting at the top.
Enjoy the journey by paying attention to each step. Don’t rush through your life and miss it. Forget where everyone else is in relation to you. This isn’t a race. You get there a little at a time, not all at once. Let go of the foolish need to prove yourself to everyone else, and you’ll free yourself to accomplish what matters most to you. Sometimes you just have to remind yourself that you don’t have to always be and do what everyone else is being and doing.
Those are my favorite inspirational messages! Let me know what you think of them. I want to hear from you! Let me know what fundamental principles you've chosen to live by.
Here's a preview of a few things to look forward to in January 2014:
I’ve created four easy-to-follow exercises that, collectively, will help you examine all of the key areas of your life and determine where you’re out of balance so you’ll know where to focus your energies. It's available through my coaching program. You can access these exercises when you book your free 15-minute consultation with me this month, so get started with a free 15-minute consultation! Get Started With A FREE 15 Minute Consultation!