There’s a lot of buzz around the New Year that causes a lot of people to reflect on their lives. "Who do I want to be? What do I want to stand for? What am I passionate about doing more of? What’s important to me?"
It’s a great opportunity to pause and align, so much so that New Year Resolutions have become somewhat of an expectation. While setting these resolutions often don’t work for people, there’s a great intention to it that I want to bring forward now.
Think about it. Exactly one year from now, you’re going to be in the groove living your day to day. You’re going to have different projects you’re working on, people you’re investing time with, plans that are coming up. It’s going to feel like just another day, but what happens on that day is still very much to be determined. You’re building toward it right now, and who you are and what you’re passionate about a year from now is the result of the decisions and priorities you hold right now.
Your future will not change if you do not change. We all desire a better life, and as the years pass, we hope that things keep on getting better. But hoping is not enough. As poet William Ernest Henley put it “You are the master of your fate and the captain of your soul.” Well today, in this very moment you’re listening to this, you have a world of opportunity in front of you waiting to be seized.
There’s a very clear path to getting what you want in life but many people aren’t willing to do what it takes to have it. First you must decide what you want. Cultivate that strong vision for how you want things to be. Then you need to backtrack and think of the intermediate things you need to do to create that vision. It can be uncertain and ambiguous, but having any sort of plan helps you to get on the path to then start navigating. Then finally, you need to do the things you’ve determined you need to do. You know this, there’s no replacement for doing the work and taking action.
To get you started on this process I’m going to ask you to reflect on this question - One year from the present moment, who do you want to be, what do you want to do, and how do you want to show up in the world?
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