How do you feel about the dawning of a new year? As the old year ticked into the new and with ‘port and lemon’ in hand, I felt mixed emotions, not the euphoric response enjoyed by many, and yet all on a baseline of happiness.
As the momentous minute arrived, perhaps you were:
(a) renewing your body through sleep;
(b) recharging your glass ; or
(c) maybe vigorous and prolonged (b) had induced (a)?
No matter, if you’re reading this you’re enjoying the privilege of a new day, delivered by Mother Earth as she journeys through darkness into light. And, like me, you’re probably being bombarded with programmes to ‘make us better’, thinner, brighter, healthier and the list goes on. Well, I have news … you’re perfect just the way you are. OK, perhaps a bit dented or over-inflated on the outside, maybe work-in-progress and going through some of life’s ‘training’ but the essence of who you are is perfect – perfect for you – since it is all that you are and have the potential to be, houses all the knowledge you’ll need to guide you and will, if listened to, be the truest compass by which to navigate through the coming years.
Certainly there’ll be wishes, dreams, desires and goals to fulfill and maybe a new year is a good time for reflection on successes and learning points and to focus on what’s really important.
In true integrity with ourselves, flowing from within, is where we find harmony, balance and abundance. But we do live in a practical world and in order to achieve change we have to assess how to convert desired outcomes into reality. So, for each goal, consider:
- What do I already have to equip me for success:
- What do I still require/need to do?
- What action can I take to satisfy these requirements?
- What will it cost me in time, money and work?
- What sacrifices will I have to make?
- Am I prepared to compromise?
You, and only you, enter that deeply private inner world where you can be completely honest WITH YOURSELF. Nobody else need ever know your thoughts but the changes you make from that place will impact your likelihood of successful outcomes. Are you congruent with your true values or have the edges become frayed over time? This quote from Napoleon Hill seems to capture the point:
“One of the blessings of maturity is that it sometimes brings one greater courage to be truthful, regardless of what those who do not understand may think or say.”
So, to kick off the new year, here’s some raw honesty for you; it’s taken me five decades to feel ‘worthy’ enough to step forward into my vision of the future. Magically, I’ve met some amazing people along the way who saw in me what I’d denied through fear of ridicule, failure or even success. I’m deeply grateful and know that all the help you need to follow your purpose will present, when you’re ready to receive it. Here’s to an amazingly fulfilling 2015 for all of us.