The sixth month of the year is a great time to step back and take a look at the first half of 2014, make some assessments, and determine what we want to do with the remainder of the year. Fast forward yourself to the end of December. Slow down and let yourself tap into all of the deep feelings that bubble up as you imagine the state of your life in six months time from now. How are you feeling about your achievements in 2014? Are you feeling any disappointment? Any regret? Frustration for the things you haven’t achieved?
It’s important to begin by knowing where you want to end up! If you haven’t done so, take some time to write out (either in your journal or on your computer) a document that casts your vision, dreams, and desires for what you want to be, do, and have. In an upcoming blog I will give you the method I use for developing a “vision board.” Some people choose to find photos that remind them of their vision, and they reflect on the pictures daily; others prefer to read or recite affirmations that help them connect to precisely what they want in life.
For example, if your goal is to finally shed those extra pounds, you could find photos of the swimsuit you’d like to wear at beach or you could remind yourself each day that “I am a healthy individual who is at my ideal weight.” When the mind can envision the new you, the body will be more eager to do what’s necessary to achieve the desired result. Brain researchers tell us that the mind doesn’t know the difference between the real and the imaginary. So at least once a day, preferably twice (morning and evening), visualize the achievements that you want to make. Visualizing keeps your plan alive and opens you to intuitive wisdom to guide you as choices come before you.
Remember, nothing happens without action. The same is true for making your vision a reality. With your vision clear, you now must take the steps that will positively impact your life and transform you into the person you have chosen to be. For “big ticket” items, such as changing careers or launching a business or adopting a new state of life, you’ll need to chunk it down into smaller pieces to avoid overwhelm. You can then devise some possible action steps to get started.
When you commit to your vision you commit to take daily steps that will bring you to your goal. It’s the accumulated effect of countless daily actions, all moving in the direction of your desires, that will have you closing out the year much farther along than you think possible.
Daily reflection upon your vision is necessary for achievement. Give yourself checkpoints so you can assess your transformation process. Regularly ask yourself questions such as, “What is different in my life now compared to one month ago?” “What steps am I currently taking to help me become the person I want to be?” and “What can I do to bring my vision closer?” Find an accountability partner who helps point out ways that you may be self-sabotaging, and encourages you to lean into activities that are serving your goals.
If you follow this three-step process (vision, action, accountability) you’ll end the year much closer to where you want to be than you are now. It’s entirely possible to be enjoying New Years Eve without regret, wondering, “What happened to my goals?” Instead, you can be anticipating 2015 and challenging yourself with questions like: “What’s next for my life?”
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