ARE YOU READY FOR 2020?
One thing that helps is taking the time before the new year arrives to recenter and take stock in what was accomplished, what worked well, what needs tweaking, and what we want to focus on moving forward. This is not about making resolutions, because we all have heard those are likely to come and go. What does work, making decisions and choices about what comes next in your life from a place of clarity. Then, designing the actions to create the changes we desire. And, if you are like many, building in the encouragement, support and accountability to help you follow through.
Have you had a chance to do that for yourself? If not, today's article can help you get started. A reset is not just for the new year. It can happen anytime, why not today!
Here's to your 2020!
Robin and Kat
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TAKING STOCK FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
Ancient Romans named the month of January for Janus, their god of gates, doors and beginnings. Always pictured with two faces—one looking toward the future, the other back at the past—Janus is a fitting symbol for the turning of a new year.
As we step through the doorway from one year to the next, it’s natural to do as Janus does: look back and ahead. But this year, instead of just reflecting on the past year or making New Year’s resolutions, consider using this first part of the year to take stock in what really matters and where you are with your life.
- Who are you? What do you believe? What do you really need?
When we discover who we really are, we stop living on auto-pilot and start to live with intention, focus and purpose. Our choices become clearer. We begin to make active choices in our life, instead of making excuses or passively living with the status quo.
Reflect and answer these few questions to help you get started. Have a journal or some way to record your thoughts. (Writing by hand keeps you in touch with your breath and your heart.)
- What is aching to be expressed?
- What needs healing
- What unique gifts, talents and skills do you bring to the world?
- How are you using them (or not)?
- Who do you need to forgive? How about yourself?
- What beliefs are holding you back or getting in your way?
- What can you let go of in your life?
- What makes you happy?
Don’t forget to consider the vital information that other “parts” of yourself are giving you. When you use only your head, your experience of yourself and the world is more limited.
- What is your body telling you? When someone yells at you, does your stomach tie up in knots? Do your shoulders stiffen when you’ve been too focused on fulfilling others’ needs and ignoring your own? Notice the messages your body is giving you.
- Check in with your heart. The heart is the home of what is most alive in us. What does your heart have to say about your job? About how you spend your days? Does it need more play time? What, according to your heart, really matters?
- Listen to your intuition, your “gut.” Your intuition speaks volumes, but often gets ignored. What is this voice saying now?
Don’t forget to notice what you already have that is working. Acknowledge and give thanks for the gifts and the beauty and the miracles that are in your life right now. Practicing gratitude daily changes lives. Write down what comes to mind. Keep it close to you and reflect on it daily.
Tell the truth. Now is the time to start being honest about who you really are. Encouraging those unlived parts of ourselves to emerge can provide an exhilarating sense of discovery and optimism for the New Year and beyond. Author’s content used under license, © 2008 Claire Communications
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