My inbox is overflowing with emails full of ideas for how to start the year off fresh. I’m sure that yours is too. To be honest, keeping track of the abundant flow of inspiration is a little overwhelming. I had a conversation with a woman the other day who told me that her “Start the Year Strong” folder held 26 emails waiting to be read before the end of the year.
A motivational speaker I adore sent an email with 52 (yes, 52!) questions to reflect on as you transition to the new year. I love her, and I’m sure that her questions are valuable, but I deleted the email immediately because it was exhausting to scroll through that long list.
One of my intentions for you and for me, beloved, is to teach you how to feel lighter and freer in the upcoming year. Life can get busy and demanding. We are being pulled in so many directions. We are committed to doing the inner work. We also suffer from Personal Growth Exhaustion.
Let’s make sure we start the year planning to bring more SIMPLICITY and JOY into our lives.
Let’s take some time today to step into our power. Let’s say goodbye to the regrets, concerns, and disappointments of 2017 and hello to courage, strength, and love in 2018.
All it takes is two (just two!) easy steps.
Step One: Become Willing and Ready to Elevate Yourself to a Higher Place Right Now.
Whatever you focus on grows. You can choose to create a mindset of abundance rather than scarcity. You can choose to focus on success, celebration, and acknowledgment of your goodness and your personal progress.
Develop an attitude of excitement, anticipation, and freedom. Not later, not tomorrow, not next year—NOW!
Step two: Ask Yourself Three Questions.
- What is one turning point you created this past year?
- How did you step out of your comfort zone?
- What was the biggest learning, clarity or spiritual message you received this year?
Tony Robbins says, “Successful people ask better questions, and, as a result, they get better answers.” The process of asking these questions will give you strength and shift your energy so you can start the year uplifted.
But listen closely, beloved: Don’t over think it! Don’t take hours to reflect. Don’t journal your answers.
I promise that I spent no more than five minutes considering these questions for myself! In the spirit of simplicity and joy, let me share my answers.
What is one turning point I created this past year?
I created a turning point when I stopped complaining about not being able to do my regular exercise at the gym due to injury and started to swim instead. My doctor had long been telling me that swimming would be the best exercise for me, but I resisted the idea because I always hated swimming. I took six private swimming lessons this year, and I now swim consistently three times a week. I love it!
How did I step out of my comfort zone?
I stepped out of my comfort zone by deciding to invest in my personal and professional development, despite my financial fears. I worked with a creativity mentor, a business development expert, and a life coach all year long. This investment in myself helped me to improve my writing tremendously, connect deeply to my unique purpose, and be in service of more women than ever before. When I gathered the courage to stretch myself, I realized my comfort zone was controlled by fear of failure.
What was the biggest learning, clarity, or spiritual message I received this year?
The biggest message I received is that I am meant to serve as a beacon, to share my gifts, and to shine my light in a bigger way. My purpose is to embolden women to do the same.
Now I start the year stronger, feeling more clear and focused than ever before.
And what about you, beloved? How do you start the year? Is your light shining brightly? Or has it gone dim?
I want to help you start the year strong and focused, and I am willing to spend private time with you. I will take you through the exercise with the three questions and we will identify one big challenge you want to overcome in 2018.
Simply email me back with an answer to one question:
Question: What is one big challenge you want to overcome in 2018?
and I will contact you to schedule a free Discovery Call.