How to make this your best year ever, even if you already broke your resolutions

Jim Donovan

Imagine if you will, that it is December 31, 2012 and we meet at a New Year’s Eve party.

After exchanging a few pleasantries, I ask you about the year just passed; what happened, how your year was, what you did, where you went, and so on.   

How would you respond?

Would you excitedly tell me you had your most amazing year? One in which your business and income grew even beyond you expectations?  

Would you tell me, with absolute joy in your voice, about the wonderful person you met and began a relationship with?

Would you tell me how terrific you felt and how you were in better physical health and mores fit than ever before?

Would you show me pictures of your wonderful vacation or the home you always wanted and now live in?

Would you, almost bragging, tell me about your family and how proud you are that your children are doing so well?

Or would you take a sip of wine, mumble something about how it was “Okay,” excuse yourself and walk away?

The tone of this hypothetical conversation will be determined by what you do right now at the beginning of this new year.

It will not be a matter of “luck” or good fortune or some other force out of your control.

The vision, goals, plans, and actions you take today will set the stage for what your future will be. You are creating your life with the thoughts you think, the words you speak, the feelings you feel, and the actions you take.

Decide, right now, to make this a year you will celebrate. Decide now to create your life the way you want it to be.

Remember the age old principle “As within, so without.”

Or, as Marcus Aurelius wrote almost 2,000 years ago, “Our life is what our thoughts make of it.”

It’s true that we become what we think about and that our thoughts create our life experience. I am continually astonished as to how many people still do not know about or believe this since it’s been written about for thousands of years and appears in every religion, philosophy and spiritual study in existence.

The other day I wrote about the idea of taking time to give yourself credit for what you have accomplished as a way to begin setting new goals and making new plans for the year ahead.

If you have not done this, please do it now. It will put you in the energetic vibration of attracting what you want and make it easier for you to discover what you really want your life to become. 

Next, think about the year ahead. If, at the party I mentioned above, you were to tell me the details of what you considered to be the most amazing year you could imagine, what would you be telling me?

Think about the key areas of your life, such as your health, fitness, family, career, financial, social, spiritual, material.

What would each look like if you we living your most ideal life? Keep in mind this is your life, not what society or the media thinks your life should be.

All that should matter is what’s important to you and those close to you.

Invest as much time as necessary to describe, in as much detail as you can, your life as you would like it to be one year from now.

Of course, some parts may take longer. Things like having a business or being financially independent may take longer but you can envision them now and start on the path toward them.

Next we’ll extract specific goals from this vision, however, it is important to begin with an idea of what the ”ideal” looks like in order to select appropriate goals and actions.

Not taking the time to create their life’s vision is why some people wind up achieving goals and still not being happy with them. They simply chased after goals without knowing how the goals related to their overall life.

To avoid this happening to you, create your ideal life’s vision first. Then you’ll be in position to choose goals that will support that vision.

Jim Donovan is the author of This is Your Life, Not a Dress Rehersal
Copyright 2012 Author retains owndership. All Rights Reserved.


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