We are reaching the end of our first week of the New Year. The shimmer and shine of the voices in our head that dream and hope for new opportunities is struggling to survive against the negative and discouraged voices that tell us nothing has really changed, that this year will be no different and that resolutions are dumb anyway.
Which voice is winning? Are you encouraged or discouraged? Still plodding along? Still running full speed into the new future? Or maybe grinding to an early halt?
The category you find yourself in may be a direct result of how much you feel you are in control of the choices you are making.
When we feel in control of our world, feel like things are going according to plan, it is easy to find the momentum to continue the journey. We can check off the accomplishments, see the progress and celebrate the victories.
When we feel out of control, it’s just the opposite. We feel hopeless and powerless to create change. We feel blown apart by the winds and strife of life, or maybe even worn down by the monotony of everyday tasks. It is easy to quit, give in, and procrastinate because a small but powerful voice inside our heads is telling us that is doesn’t matter- nothing ever really changes anyway.
NEGATIVE VOICES ARE LIES
You DO have choices. You are making them every minute of every day. Nobody and nothing has control over your destiny and future but you. You have the power to seize back your future at anytime, any moment.
I KNOW that sometimes it doesn’t feel like that statement is true but it is.
Can you have what you want this very minute? Maybe not. Somethings take time. But you can set a goal, make a plan and take baby steps to work on it. You can change your attitude, your self-talk and your habits that are leading you down the wrong path.
EXCUSES ARE LIES
Every day, in every way, the *world* is going to conspire against you to thwart your plans. Telling yourself that tomorrow you will have more time, more energy, more ability is a form of procrastination and denial. The fact is that EVERY DAY has enough trouble of its own and piling today’s trouble on to tomorrow is creating a Mountain of Trouble you don’t need. It’s a lie. The ONLY time, energy and ability you have is what you have this very moment and you need to squeeze every drop out of it that you can.
TODAY IS THE TRUTH
New Year’s Day is over and gone. But that doesn’t mean your ability to start over is gone as well. The truth is that EVERY DAY can be your New Year’s Day because you have the power to choose to start over every day. In fact, you have the power to start over every hour, and every minute of every day.
ACTION IS THE TRUTH
Writing out your long term and short term goals and creating action steps to put them in place is a great start but it won’t create the new life you want for yourself. A Plan is only a dream until you put action into it. GET UP AND START MOVING! What is the one thing you can do today, this hour, this minute to make your plan happen? One Baby Step. Then another. That’s all you need to get the ball rolling.
FAITH IS THE TRUTH
When our hope is lost we are lost. When we stop believing that change is possible and choices do exist, depression is on it’s way over to claim control over our lives and future. We begin to sink into a dark, empty hole. Give yourself positive affirmations. Get out a pen and write down all the times in your life that HAVE gone well. The big successes and the little ones too. YOU made those happen. And you can do it again, and again and again. We all have the power to be successful. There is no such thing as a looser except for someone who has given up. BELIEVE in the future that YOU want to have!
I believe that 2009 is going to be a year of new opportunity, fun, good health and love. Why? Because that is what I am going to focus on. That is what I am going to take action on. That is what I am going to make happen. And I won’t settle for anything less.
How about you? What are you going to make happen in 2009?