Wishing you a Happy New Year and a welcome to the new year!
I hope your Christmas holiday season was full of family love and all the crazy, chaotic fun that goes along with it!
Getting back in the saddle can be painful on Monday, so I wanted to share a few tools that you may use today and through the weekend to make that transition more joyful. These two tools always help me bridge the gap between the old year and the new one.1 – Use the Life As Art tool – a goal setting format I developed for clients years ago is available for your use. Click the following to download: 2014 LifeAsArt. The first part helps you reflect on your year. The process is most effective when you have had at least a week away from your normal work schedule, so now is the perfect time. Use as many of the pages as you feel you need. In pages 2-6 it moves from Reflection, to revisiting your Life Vision (a good reset helps your perspective), then examining your most important growth issues, to specific goals and a first quarter action plan. You may have already written your goals for the year, but see if something else shows up in this more reflective process. You will notice there is space for only 3 stretch goals, which I think is the limit for focus. We can’t stretch in a zillion directions all at once. It just doesn’t work.
2 – My second ritual at this time of year is cleaning out old files in my office, areas of clutter in my home, and devoting at least a few days to searching through the house to see where there are areas of messiness and unconsciousness. Just this morning my husband Rod was trying to help me by fixing a copper tea kettle. I have sentimental attachment to it, so it didn’t matter that I could buy another one just like it. I remembered that when the wooden top fell off a few years ago, it rolled under the washer/dryer – one or the other, couldn’t remember. I was too busy at the time to crawl under there and look for it. Well anyway, busy was a good excuse…Well Rod moved the washer and dryer and we found ugly clots of dust behind there. We hadn’t moved it in the 9 years we have lived here.
One task led to another, and we cleaned out the whole laundry room. We found the top to the tea kettle and now I am organizing all the laundry supplies that were crammed into dusty cabinets. It feels good to clean out. I don’t know what the psychological, emotional and spiritual implications are, but I do know that our environment either helps our consciousness or it dulls and flattens it. So I encourage you to attack at least a few areas in your home or office that feel “icky” and see what energy you get from the clean out.
Wishing you a breakthrough year for yourself, your family and your organization!
In God’s strength and love,