Here we are once again, embarking on a new year that will be full of new opportunities, new relationships, new hopes, and new aspirations. The question to ponder is, “What makes this year different from the last?”
There is always so much talk about new year’s resolutions and about finally being committed to reaching the goals that, for so long have been on our to-do lists. But I want to challenge you to adopt a new perspective. Goals represent those hopes, dreams, and aspirations that we long for. Most people I have talked to have a very clear picture in their minds about what they want and even how to get there, but they are not taking the action necessary to get there! The truth is that what truly holds most of us back lies in one of three areas: our identy, our beliefs, or our actions (or lack thereof).
This is so easy to identify in others, but not so much in ourselves. Have you ever thought, “Wow, she deserves so much more than that!”, or “I’m can’t believe he puts up with that!” Our inner struggle with our identies and our beliefs are often invisible to us, but they are our biggest blocks to attaining our goals and they determine which actions we take and which ones we avoid.
I want to challenge you to begin to notice what you are telling yourself about your identity and your beliefs. Are you identifying with being too young or too old? Are you too tall or too short? Are you of the wrong background? Do you believe that you are not capable? Do you believe that you are not worthy? Do you believe that you don’t deserve what others seem so effortlessly able to attain?
Once you have identified these faulty beliefs, I want you to take them and write them into a positive statement or question. For example, if you are telling yourself that you are too old to attain your goals, your statement might be, “I am the perfect age and have everything it takes to……” If you are looking to get healthy and are telling yourself that you are too busy to go to the gym, your question might be, “How can I create time in my schedule for an extra 30 minutes per day of physical activity?” Keep your positive statements and questions in a place where you will see them often, as your subconscious will absorb them and will generate the answers you need.
Set yourself up for success and make this new year abundantly successful!
With love and joy!