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Make 2017 an Epic Year!

When the younger of my two Labradors Retrievers was a pup, I taught her to bring in the newspaper from the end of the driveway. My intention was that this would save me or my husband from going out in cold or rainy weather to retrieve the paper.

Let’s just say it was a hard-learned skill.  It was often complicated by one of us forgetting that she had this mastery and getting the paper without her intervention. If this happen enough, we sometimes had to go back to square one with the training.

I think many of us are like my pup, we set out with the best of intentions only to let our skills deteriorate with lack of commitment. 

One of the things I love about a new year is the opportunity to hit the reset button. This time of year is the perfect time to put those intentions back on the plate AND to forgive ourselves if we let them slip.   No matter the past years’ experience, great milestones or stumbling missteps, it is the chance to reflect on the past and define the coming year.

I encourage you to approach the New Year thoughtful of the opportunities you would like to create. 

First be mindful that opportunities are indeed created. They happen because we focus our intentions on what we want. Take a few minutes to write down those very specific Big Picture items you would like to achieve this coming year.

Next, decide how you will feel when you accomplish that goal. Spend a few minutes with each intention experiencing how you will know when you have arrived. Be clear, will it be more money, less stress, better relationships, more fun? If it feels wonderful, it’s a keeper!

Then, get honest with yourself about your commitment to those successes. Prioritize which you should tackle first, second and so on. Ask yourself, “how willing am I to stick with this?” Define a few steps for each to litmus test the practicality.

Later, celebrate your success.  Visit your intentions frequently and track what you have accomplished as the year progresses. Keep it in a journal, with your To Do list, or a Word document. Weekly, update it and revel in all that you have accomplished.

Finally, if you find yourself slipping backwards, forgive yourself, recommit, and get back on track. Sometimes becoming our best selves is in the trying to be a better self. Sometimes just showing up has value.

Even on Monty’s best days, the paper often becomes a toy to be shaken into submission with the Sunday advertisements strewn the entire length of the front yard. Hey, nobody’s perfect!


May your New Year be healthy, happy and prosperous. 
Shawn
 
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