We all start out the New Year with hopes and plans, even if they are not written down. We may express our heart’s desire to our nearest and dearest – we are all hopeful for something. I am aware that some people are just grateful to have survived the awful experiences of the previous year or maybe some recent bad health that has plagued their usual air of confidence and exuberance.
I wonder what your hope for 2014 is?
So, first things first. I want to acknowledge my achievements before I look at any failures or things I could have done differently in the past year.
I set out last year with a plan of ‘less is more‘. I wanted to reduce clutter and stuff and embrace more joy, love, acceptance and good use of time and space. My hope was to have more order and contentment in my life, physically and emotionally. I wanted to be available for new learning opportunities and beautiful experiences.
I thought it would be easier than it was. Now here I am in 2014 and I look around me for evidence and clarity of the outcomes and achievements of my 2013 personal ‘strategic plan’.
When we are being self critical or minimising our achievements, evidence of good work is not easy to see. With significant change there is always a transition period. There is a time of transition from stage one to stage two. From what was to what will be. It is a bit like crossing a river or chasm, we need to first step onto the bridge and travel across before we arrive at the other side (or stage two). During the transition period, self doubt creeps in and we don’t always feel confident or capable in our new way of being. Indeed we sometimes feel quite awkward and fake. Our awareness and alertness is sharp, we are ready and prepared to notice any lack of progress or moments of relapse.
I choose to focus on the positive …
- Last year I enrolled in a new ‘short term’ study area and have completed 80% toward that Diploma. If all goes according to plan I will have achieved and completed this study by mid-year 2014.
- I have continued in my ‘long term’ studies and have now completed (and passed) eleven units. I am continuing in this during 2014 and have started study in a new unit this month. I took some time off this study area during late 2013 to focus more on family, well-being and the ‘short term’ study previously mentioned.
- I have sorted, organised and cleared areas of my house and home and moved some things on to be put to good use in another area of the community and society. That is, I have donated items to charity or the re-cycling process.
- I have asked for help with adjusting my finances, superannuation and insurance arrangements and feel more confident that this area is in a much better shape than it was in 2012.
- I have shared some dreams and plans with a good friend that has allowed me (and also my dear friend) to make progress, realise our steps towards our achievements and be motivated to continue positively with daily actions and weekly tasks.
- I have made an effort each month to notice the good work I do in my ‘day to day’ job and thank the universe for the opportunity to nurture and support others in their ‘day-to-day’ job or life’s journey. I also thank the universe and the powers that be for my weekly wage and purpose in my day.
- I have maintained a healthier sleep routine. Sleep is my sanity and my dream space, it is where I process the day, preparing and strengthen my physical and mental body to cope with the next day and any new challenge that I may encounter.
- I have become more aware of the routines and rituals that I have (unknowingly) adopted over time. Becoming more aware does not mean to me that I have to change right now – it means that I am more aware of the benefits and reasons to change (or to stay the same) and then I make the choice to do so (or not). I still enjoy my morning coffee, but I now listen to the sounds of the early morning birdsong more than the early morning radio that I used to awaken to.
- I use my Franklin Covey planner every day to plan my daily actions and tasks as well as prepare for social events, spiritual meditation and emotional nurturing.
- I have tended my garden, planting, weeding, clipping and watering and have given up on the excuse that I don’t have time, I am not very skilled or any other neighbourhood reality – that when explored fully is just another excuse to not achieve or not create maybe from fear that someone or something will destroy or damage my creativity. I accept and celebrate that my ‘being and doing’ is more important to my overall well-being and personal success than someone else’s ‘being and doing’.
… and I feel content in my progress and achievement thus far!