I asked my clients this question last week:
What have you learned from this very challenging year to take with you as you move into 2021?
Here are some of the responses I received recently:
“I’m learning to fly above all the fear and negative comments.”
“I see how little control we really have over our lives and I go with the flow better.”
“I hear the sadness when conflicts are left unresolved.”
“I understand more than ever the need to engage people in a positive way.”
“I feel a deeper desire to live my life fully without fear of judgment.”
What about YOU?
Without being sugary and superficial, without being simplistic and silly what would you do differently? Not that any of you are sugary, superficial, simplistic, or silly, it’s just the fun way these words sound together! Check out the definition of ‘alliteration’ spice up a blog or text.
Here are some thoughts I have put together for a HEART-Y New Year:
- Start each day with a smile: Before you even get out of bed, no matter how you feel, put your lips upward in a smile. Now, move that smile to your eyes. How? Think about something that brings you happiness and delight. Just do this for up to one minute (come on, you can do it)
- Give gratitude: While you are brushing your teeth just think about someone you want to thank for something, anything that made a difference, no matter how small. After that last swish of water to clear the toothpaste simply say their name out loud. Add a bonus by texting or calling directly.
- Take a chance: Do ONE thing differently than you do most of the time. Eat with your less dominant hand, take a new route to the grocery store, hug a tree or two. Just do something out of the ordinary to break old patterns.
- Express yourself: Draw, sing, dance, grab a pot and a ladle, and start drumming. Take a half-hour and have some fun, yup, just you alone with your surprising talent. Anything that shouts out creativity will make you feel better, even for just a little while and who knows, maybe all day.
- Get over it: Remember to check your reactions so you don’t over-give, over-perform, or over-think situations. When you see how you were trapped by old behaviors do this: Pretend you are putting out a cigarette on the ground (not yours of course). Use your foot to grind the old annoying behavior into the cement or the earth and then do number 5 below.
- Chin up: When things look, sound, and feel tough lift your chin and eyes up. I promise you can’t feel as awful when you look up. Like the song from The King and I “Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect and whistle a happy tune so no one will suspect I’m afraid”. Hey, you can sing this as part of expressing yourself, kinda like BOGO.
Send me your suggestions for what you will do to make this next year blossom.
The best ones will get a complimentary copy of my Pattern Aware Success Guide that gives you short daily ideas on what to do (no more than 5 minutes a day) that will keep you moving along at the perfect pace.
Hope that the New Year will bring you love, joy, and prosperity.
Here’s to your success,
P.S. My team of coaches is ready and waiting at the starting gate to offer a coaching/strategy session so you can untie the NOTS that have become KNOTS during this very complex year. Set a time to connect here. We’re looking forward to connecting.