Change Your Life Part 4

In Part 3 I asked a very poignant question, “Are you really ready for change?”  The answer to this question will define the quality of life that you live this year and beyond.  The truth is you will have more of the same in your life unless you are ready for things to be different. 

I think this is a good place to pause and take a deep breath in, slowly exhale, repeat.  Deep breath in, slowly exhale.  The life that you are living right now is a life of your own creation.  Your current life is a result of the choices you have made over the years.  Once you accept that fact, the life that you want can be yours.  That, is pretty exciting!

So, take your lists from parts 1 & 2 and run with them.  Recognize and embrace when opportunity presents itself (because it will). Choose to live a life that you want to wake up to every day.

“Are you excited about living a life that you want to wake up to every day?” Let me know by posting a reply below.

Be inspired!

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Change Your Life Part 3

Are you excited about the things that you have written down in the activities from Part 1 and Part 2? What did you experience when you saw on paper what is possible for you? Were you energized? Are you excited about bringing some of the items on your list to fruition? Maybe you had the opposite experience.  For some of you seeing that list of possibilities actually made you feel awful. Instead of focusing on what’s possible you focused on the likelihood of accomplishing your goals and became discouraged.  Whether the exercises left you energized or discouraged I’m excited for you!

I’m excited for you because you are in a very good position to make things happen.  You are poised for change and that’s an exciting place to be at anytime in life.

This next exercise that I want you to complete requires honesty on your part.  There are no judgments.  I want you to take a deep breath in, slowly exhale, do it again, deep breath in, slowly exhale.  I would like for you to be very honest with yourself and answer this question from the eyes of your present self.  Not the person you were in the past, not the person you aspire to be.  Answer this question as the person you are right now at this very moment.  “Are you ready to change your life?”

Wow! We’ll talk more about that tomorrow.  Until then please share any insights you have gained from the big question by posting a reply.

Change Your Life Part 2

Yesterday I challenged you to write out 100 goals for your life (Part 1).  I hope that you have started on your list and that you are excited about things to come.  Remember to dream big as you write your goals.

Step 2

Now that you have your list of 100 goals I want you to identify at least 15 of them that you want to accomplish this year.  Doing this will keep your goals in your subconscious mind.  You will find yourself thinking of your goals and how to accomplish them often.  You will also notice activities, items, or opportunities related to your goals showing up as you go about your everyday life.

One item that I have on my list for this year is to go on a yacht cruise. Guess what I saw while on facebook  yesterday?  A sponsored post  for a luxury yacht company.  Can you believe that? The same will happen for you once you get your goals and dreams from your mind to  paper.

Alright, you have your list of 100 goals and you’ve identified 15 that you want to accomplish for this year.  I hope you’re getting excited about what’s to come.  Check back on Monday for another life changing tip.

I would love for you to share in the comments below which goal you are most excited about for this year.

Be inspired!

Change Your Life Part 1

Ready or not 2014 is here. We’re 2 days in and if you weren’t ready it’s not too late to get ready.  Stick with me and I’ll help you map out a plan for your life that will have you excited about starting each day.

Let’s get started.  This first step is probably going to make you groan but that’s ok.  The things that bring us the most joy often include a time of pain (think childbirth or weight training).

Step 1
Write out 100 goals for your life. Include all the things that you would like to see manifested in your life.  This might include plans for travel, career, relationships, hobbies, purchases you want to make, health, finances, education. Dream big. 

My Pastors challenged me to do this and while it seemed impossible initially once I got started it was really easy and exciting.  Grab some paper and get started.  Check back tomorrow for another life changing tip.

If you accepted the challenge let me know by sharing a comment.

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Change your Life in 3 Easy Steps

Hi, did you know that there are only 38 days left in 2013?  How are you going to end the year?  Full of anticipation for 2014 or dreading another year of the same ole same ole?  I hope you answered the former. If you answered the latter don’t worry.  There is still time to greet 2014 full of eager anticipation.  Here goes:

3 easy steps you can take TODAY to make 2014 one of your most fulfilling years ever.

1. Write down two things that if you commit to doing would change your life for the better.

For example, if you exercise you would be in better health and have more self-confidence.  Imagine the possibilities that would result from choosing to excercise a few days each week.

What about starting your own business? Starting your own business will give you a sense of purpose.  Having a sense of purpose will give you something to look forward to each day.  You’ll have more joy in your life, be a better parent, friend, spouse.

2.  Which one step do you know you can take (please, no excuses) towards making whatever you wrote in #1 happen?

Please, no excuses, no blaming anyone.  It’s a simple question.  What are you capable of doing but are choosing not to do that could change your life?

3.  Do whatever you wrote in #2.  Don’t overthink it, don’t wait until it’s perfect, don’t tell anyone you’re getting ready to do xyz, just do it.

Believe it or not, this last step is the most exhilarating.  Taking a step towards a better life will free you.  You will be empowered to do more towards having the life you want. 

I’d love to know what you’re looking forward to creating in your life for 2014.  Please share in the comments below.

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New year

I love this time of the year.  The dawn of a new year excites me.  I feel invigorated, refreshed, and ready for new things.  The end of the year is a great time to chart your course for the upcoming year.  Of course we can plan our life at any time we want to but there’s something about the New Year that get’s my creative juices flowing.  I feel like all things are possible.  What a great time to do like one of my favorite scriptures says,  “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”  Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV)*

Here’s a strategy that you can follow to start your New Year off full of possibility:

Write the vision

The truth is that you can end up where you want to be without a plan but the journey will probably be shorter and less frustrating with a plan.

So, the first thing that you need to do is write your vision for your life.  What are your goals and aspirations for the next 5 yrs?  What’s on your “bucket list”?  Do you want to learn a new language? Launch a new business? Visit the Bahamas?  Write it all down.  When would you like to accomplish each item on your list?  In 1 yr, 3 mths, 5 yrs?  Write it down.

If words don’t inspire you use pictures, charts, or whatever inspires you.  Record your goals on paper, in a journal, use a fancy pen, use a regular $1 pen.  Tear pictures and cut out words from magazines, stick them on a poster board or on paper.  Make your charts and tables.  Get your vision down in a tangible form right away.  Use it to keep you on track.

Make it Plain

This sounds so simple doesn’t it?  The reality is we often make our plans but they’re so complicated or unrealistic that we can’t do anything with them.  When you write your vision, make it plain and realistic.  You can’t learn to speak and write Spanish in 3 months.  Set realistic goals for yourself so that you don’t give up before you even get started on your journey.

Run with it

You have it down on paper; you have your poster board up.  You didn’t do all that work for nothing.  It’s time to get running.  Choose a goal and run with it!

Be Inspired.  I’d love to hear from you.  Share your comments below.