Now that we have made it through the Holidays unscathed, it’s time for the routine schedule’s to begin again. When the New Year starts, it signals the time of year when we all make lists for improvement.
December of 2009, I did a form of visioning depicting items that were of higher importance for clarity and what I wanted to appear in my ministry. Knowing that a New Year was approaching I began in November reflecting on what I had accomplished on that year’s list. A few of the items I had on my list came to fruition thrusting me into a higher gear. This year’s “vision list” will continue to propel me forward as I act upon my dreams and exercise my faith knowing it shall be given.
Are you ready to implement some changes in your life? I have three tips to get you started.
1) Pull out and reflect on your list from last year if you made one. If you did not, think back on the things you mentally noted to accomplish and write that down. What can you check off? What is left? Out of those items, what are the ones you want to try again to complete? Are they reachable or are they too lofty. Make sure you are not setting yourself up for sabotage, a self-defeating habit, which your reasoning or ego tells you “I told you so” when you give up. Disregard the ones that will take a more strategic approach for now. Focus on those that you know can be completed.
If this is your first year thinking about creating a list to become more effective in your “day-to-day,” still follow the guideline above. You really have a head start and should be better at completing your tasks.
If your thoughts are in the area of nutrition, please, just eat smaller portions, drink more healthy liquids and become a little more active in your movements. Three times a week doing at least 30 minutes of something that increases your heart rate does wonders for your body temple. Don’t focus so much on the weight loss it puts too much pressure on your behaviors. It’s about developing new habits that will ultimately help you win the battle.
2) Number the items in order of importance. What would really be a “weight-off” of your shoulders if it was done? Make that the first item. What is next that would take a little more weight-off your shoulders and relieve your mind? Make that Number Two. What have you been putting off because of procrastination? You know one of those menial tasks. Maybe that can be next. Those items that are of least importance that can be addressed a couple of months out should be at or near the bottom of the list. Continue until your numbering is complete.
3) Work on one item at a time. Begin work on the tasks you have identified as most important. Do a little at a time if it is something like cleaning and organizing an office, closet or a basement. Designate 20 to 30 minutes at a time until you get it completely done. Don’t start the next item until the first one is completed. When you eliminate something from your list/life you automatically create a void that can be filled with choices that are more positive and productive. Don’t just leave it vacant to be filled with negativity not of your choosing.
You load yourself with enough baggage to carry around without adding unnecessary pounds. Elimination is one of your “Mind Powers” which helps you maintain a clearer path toward your goals. It really can be easy to let things go when you realize that you have outgrown them and they are of no use to you any longer. These tips are a way you can give yourself permission to let go clearing the way for you to accomplish some overdue goals. Life can be so much easier when you do your part!
Stay encouraged. When that “little” mind tells you it can’t be done or you can do it later. Don’t listen to it! You have the power!! Schedule it into your day or your weekend as you would any other appointment. A simple affirmation you can say or write down to keep in front of your eyes is —
I AM CONSCIOUSLY MAKING TIME TO COMPLETE THIS TASK. I AM SUCCESSFUL IN STAYING ON SCHEDULE. MY LOAD IS LIGHTER AND MY SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT IS A RELIEF TO MY MIND.
Let me know how this works for you by emailing me your success story. Have a successful and prosperous New Year!
Gain solutions that produce lifetime results. Following ourTips to Get It Done will help you break the “resolutions” cycle.
Research shows that half of the people who make good resolutions at New Year have given up on them by the end of June. The following shows the percentage for the number of resolutions that are maintained as the year progresses:
– past the first week: 75%
– past 2 weeks: 71%
– after one month: 64%
– after 6 months: 46%
Where do you show up in these percentages? Make sure you are still going after June!