The New Year!!

We all need renewal and new beginnings. It’s good for the soul to be sure. Some of us spent November being Grateful, December-Giving and now let’s make January-The Launch. Celebrated with clients today and we talked about vision boards, dreaming big, planning big and not fearing.

Here are some ideas to get you launched!

  1. Clean up your office, studio or work space.

Messy offices can clutter your head and create a backlog of paperwork. Get ‘er done!

2. Sort your mail daily.

You know it is only a 2.5 minute task that needs doing.

3. Sign up for daily inspiration.

My favorite is tut.com . Each day you will receive an email with 1 or 2 lines. For sure you are gonna smile and most definitely laugh out loud. It’s good stuff about loving your life… (You’re welcome)

4. A Netflix show to get you organizing: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

One cannot help but love this sweet woman who gently teaches you to get rid of and organize your stuff.

If anything, it will at least get you to look at your home and your “stuff” differently.

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5. Less Talking and more Listening

It’s just all around good when listening happens more than talking…

6. Get more Sleep and drink more Water

Ya’ll know that goes without saying but it is often a good reminder.

7. Create a Vision Board with Action Steps

I guided a group of family and friends, with the help from my sister Sue, on creating vision boards. They loved the part of cutting out of magazines but did not like the more difficult part of the action steps.

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8. Be of Service

Volunteering or giving is a great way to get those “life is good” vibes. I promise you-it works!

9. Make a quick list of 10 things you would like to do this year.

Post it where you will see it. One year I had something as simple as “Order a cheese plate". Weird, I know but I would so often pass on that in restaurants and it was something I just loved. I finally did it at the very end of the year.

10. Do something that scares you.

Step out of that comfort zone and take a different route. Maybe a solo road trip, a bit of networking, a job change perhaps, talking to strangers,or take a trip with my high school girlfriends. That’ll scare the crap out of you!

My husband and I were at a bar and a young gal approached us and asked us what our names were and what was our favorite movie. She said she was new to Seattle and this helped her get to know people. That would be scary for me.

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There you have it. Your 2019 list.

I am proud of you already!

Preparing for the New Year.

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I am a fan of Jessica Araus so I was thrilled when she gave me the green light to post her article. I think it is perfect food for thought when we look to the New Year.

DON'T WAIT FOR MONDAY... START TODAY

There will be days when you don’t follow your diet plan, you skip your workout, or you don’t work toward your vision. We all have days we don’t do what we said we were going to do. However, even if you consider an entire day to be a failure, I encourage you to pick yourself up and continue working toward your goals as soon as you can. Every day is a fresh beginning and a new opportunity to get things done. If you really want to make a change in your life, you have to be willing to accept failure and move on. You might have had a bad day, or maybe two, but don’t let it be three. Make proper use of your time starting now.

It’s easy to come up with excuses for why we can’t get things done today. We tell ourselves we’ll get it done “tomorrow,” or in the worst case, we’ll wait until it is Monday again. However, when you are clear on your vision, you won’t want to wait for Monday. You’ll want to start as soon as possible.

There have been times in my life when things didn’t go as I planned or wanted, but I never waited for Monday to start over again. I always had hope that tomorrow was going to be a better day, and I looked forward to every day.

So, what is your vision?

Perhaps you want to travel the world with your partner, get in shape, or help your family financially. Regardless of your plan, think of the people you are failing when you are delaying this goal, waiting for another Monday to come. Is it your family, your spouse, or maybe yourself? Realize that the sooner you take action, the earlier you’ll accomplish your goals. No matter what it is, start doing something today to move toward your vision. It can be as small as working out for 10 minutes, writing one good page, taking an hour to promote your business, or saving $10 for your next holiday. Success will not simply happen to you. You have to make it happen.

What is distracting you?

If you got stuck on Wednesday, take a moment to reflect on what went wrong. Perhaps you need to prioritize your activities and start the next day with your most important task. Get up earlier if needed and get it done. It’s important to be really honest with yourself and accept when you’ve been devoting time to things that are distracting you. Whether it’s negative thoughts, junk food, or procrastination, whatever isn’t serving your vision, drop it now and move on.

Treat each day as if it were a Monday, and you’ll start seeing results. What separates the successful from the rest is how they manage their time. No matter what your situation is right now, you can always rewrite your plan and change your story. All you need is the right mindset; the rest will take care of itself.

BY JESSICA ARAUS        November 15, 2017