Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator
Happy New Year!
How was your holiday?
Hectic? Fun? Family? Reflective? Rewarding? Glad it’s over? A non event?
Today is for self reflection. Today is the day to answer questions if you have not already done so. Today is the day to look within, to realize what you have done, and what you want to do, and want to do even better next year.
You are a success. You have done what you wanted. You have made the choice, not in what happened, but in your reaction to what happened around you. If you think not, perhaps you can consider that subconsciously that may have been what you wanted.
At times we feel like failures. Our stated goal was not reached. That is because:
We quit before we succeeded - success was and is right around the corner
We didn’t believe so we didn’t do - Subconsciously we had a different goal not known to our consciousness
In the journey of life, as in the journey on a boat, we have to know where we are so we can chart and adjust course to get to our next port. You do know where you are going, don’t you?
For you, you are worth it, you have eternity so take the time to actually write down some answers. Yes, write them down.
Read this week's featured article below. Act on it, and make 2012 what it should be for YOU.
"You become what you think about.”
"Don't compromise yourself. You're all you got."
"Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There is no greater investment."
"A perfectly managed Christmas correct in every detail is - a sure sure sign of someone who hasn't enough to do.
January 21, 2012!
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Reflections on ME
What did I accomplish this Year?
Make a list of what you have done. No, not what you didn’t do, or what you didn’t get to, but what you did, how you helped, and how you grew. Some examples:
Learned to . . .. Cared for . . . Cooked for . . .
Career success, changes, challenges accomplished
Attitude about (person, people, things)
Personal ‘stuck’ situation resolved
Community involvement - contributions (time, talent, treasure)
Dreams and visualizations manifested
Who I was able to help
Sit with the list. Finish it and then go back and add more. The key is you have done more than you realized. Even a kind word to answer is an accomplishment helping the other person.
What Changes did I make this year?
List the positive and not so positive such as:
Stopped reading as much
New focus on changing my career
Efforts to get along better with........
Worked with a coach
Reduced my fried food intake
Started to work with a budget
What do I want to accomplish? Next Year? 5 yr? 10 yrs?
You can do this backwards or forwards. Envision where you want to be, who you want to be, see it, feel it, and realize you need only to take the steps to live up to the vision of you. You have to envision it before you can be it.
Paint a picture of the ideal you at a point in the future. Then, what has to be done to realize that picture, to realize your potential, to be the you that you are proud of?
Once you envision it and it feels great, then it’s a matter of the steps necessary. You know your time commitments and how you waste time. This is not a race. Challenge yourself with the steps and dates to complete them by. Ideally, It’s a focused pursuit, but not done in haste.
Plan vacations, plan time to do nothing, and plan time to recharge. Take the calendar for next year and first block out vacation time for yourself and your family. Yes, first comes the free time, the vacations, the holidays, and the fun. Then, recharged, you can schedule the items you want to accomplish during the year.
If you just read this it seems overwhelming. If you take an hour or two to do it, you’ll realize it’s easy, It’s fun, and it gives you motivation to do that which you want to do. You’ll feel good about yourself and the year to come.
It’s your life. Time can’t be saved. It’s used or wasted. Use it for you, your journey, and your ideal self.