I am one of those’ impatient to be moving on people’ who has stripped the house of all things sparkly and festive by News Year’s Day. By then I have done Christmas, I have over-indulged, spent too much money, sat around for too long, depleted my family energy bank and developed square eyes and to be honest – I just want to get moving and start the next chapter!
2015 was a testing year with several business challenges, health issues and disappointments but it also presented me with many learning opportunities and the gift of resilience and I ended the year on a high welcoming my 10 week old Scottie pup, Molly into the family so my heart doth overflow with love and light! But before we all dive head first into 2016 a word…..
I believe that we own nothing in this life but our story. Money comes and goes, so does business, people, property and possessions but our story is ours for keeps and we are 100% responsible for whether it becomes a best seller or not.
I refuse to get sucked in to the New Year Resolution hype as being goal driven and having a life plan is fundamental for me and neither are created once a year in early January when the world is still asleep and most people are jaded, broke, uncertain of anything and miserable!
However, I am partial to a bit of reflection, something I feel we all need to do more of so I ask myself 3 questions about the year past and I challenge you to do the same ….
Did I love?
Did I Live?
Did I matter?
DID I LOVE? Did I open my heart to those that matter? Did I give people the benefit of the doubt even if they did not deserve it? Did I try not to judge people, did I stay in a state of gratitude, did I give to others less fortunate than I, did I accept my emotional self and embrace my vulnerability?
If you asked people if they could live their life again, having less regrets, would feature in their top three every time. This leads us to question two, DID I LIVE? Did I step beyond my comfort zone and feel some fear, or did I simply stay safe and cruise along? Did I challenge myself, did I take any risks, did I have to manage failure as a result of this, did I learn and grow and add some amazing chapters to my story? Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, anything less is mediocre and if you are not failing you are NOT living!
And finally, DID I MATTER? What I mean here is, did I make a difference, would anyone know I was here? Did I leave any footprints anywhere, atall in 12 months? Did I help anyone? Influence anyone or anything? Did I change a life? A law? A relationship? A business? A community? A story? Did I improve something or someone? Am I living in my passion with passion? Buddha says ‘Your job here, is to discover your job, then dedicate your life to it.’ So how ‘s that working for ya? What are you dedicating your life to?
If you make one New Year’s Resolution this year and I know you will…… accept the challenge to discover your passion, life is too short to waste your time and energy on anything less that what you came here to do. If you have no idea what this is and well over 80% of the working population do not, invest in you and get off the roller coaster called life for as many hours as it takes to do some soul searching to find out! Read some books, get a coach, sign up for my next Diva Powerteam and share your challenges with a dream team . The key is DO SOMETHING different to make sure that 2016 counts. When you believe in you the world is a more magical place! Start your journey of self discovery today– it is so worth it and so are you!
May 2016 be the year you harness your courage, find your voice and live your truth!
Oh and BTW my pic is my darling Molly surrounded by mantras from my homemade ‘a mantra a day’ jar!! very Blue Peter I know!