12/16/2016 Personal Growth
New Year’s is a natural time to think through how you want your life to change. But you don’t have to wait until New Year’s to change things. Every single day is an opportunity to begin anew. Follow these steps to rediscover and commit to the things you want to achieve in your life.
While the beginning of a new year does signify new beginnings, every single day of your life is an opportunity to begin anew.
As you’re wondering how to approach the coming year, and thinking about all that you’d like to accomplish and achieve, it’s important to remember that you have the power to create change any time you make a conscious commitment to do so.
Here are five creative ways to plan, manifest, and create new in your new year—and all year! Try one or two, or combine all of them into a five-step process.
1. Get to Know Yourself through Identifying Your Values
Knowing your values can help you create a life that you are excited about living. A value is an internal representation (or picture) of what has been encoded in your unconscious mind as being the most important thing to you in an area of your life. When you know what is most important to you, you can begin to formulate how you are living based on your passions.
Consider a particular area of your life that needs tending to; an area that you would like to do some renovations in or where you would like to manifest something new. Maybe it’s your health and fitness, your career, or your relationships.
Next, ask yourself, “What is important to me about this area of life?” Make a list of words that come to mind. This list should be things you consider to be important about this specific area, as opposed to things you are wanting or wishing for. Once you have your list, organize it in order of importance. You can then begin to make choices, set goals, and take action toward living in accordance with what is truly most important to you.
2. Work with Your Vision and Set a Goal
This is easier to do than you might think. Unlike values, your vision is a picture of how you would be living your life in an ideal world; it will feel exciting, inspiring, and is filled with positive emotions. The great news is that your vision already exists inside you—it simply needs to be revealed.
To do this, reflect on the area of your life you know you need to revamp and how it currently exists today. Next, allow yourself to envision how you would like for these situations or circumstances to transform in the next six months or year. Become aware of the different experiences you’re having, the positive emotions you’re feeling, and notice the people around you, as if it’s happening now. Let yourself dream big—this is your vision!
Now that you have unveiled your vision and you’ve had a glimpse of what is possible, you can determine what goals you need to set. Goals are important because they point you in a specific direction and help you achieve the things you want to achieve. So now, think about your vision and consider a goal you need to achieve in the next three to six months that will move you powerfully toward living your vision. It’s important to do this work one step at a time so that you don’t become overwhelmed by the big picture.
After setting your short-term goal, it’s time to determine what action steps need to be taken in order to get there. Ask yourself, “What is one thing I can do this week to move toward my goal?” Then, follow through and do it—week after week—until you’ve reached your goal. Then, set your next goal. Keep in mind your goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound).
3. Collaborate with Others
Never underestimate the power of collaboration. There are lots of ways you can manifest or create newness through getting together with others who share the same interests. Consider the area of life you are working on and think about how you could align yourself with friends, family, and perfect strangers to help you achieve your goals.
If you are working on health and fitness, you may join an online fitness and nutrition challenge group or train for a marathon with people in your community. If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or working on your career, perhaps you create or join a meet-up group that is focused on that particular niche. If your relationship is in trouble or you are carrying residual emotional pain from the past, a life coach may be a great option to help you get back on track. If you’re wanting to enhance your spiritual life, you might attend community meditations, join a book club, or attend a spiritual retreat.
The point is to connect with others who can help keep you inspired and accountable for creating change in your life.
4. Design Your Ideal Self Avatar
An avatar is an iconic representation or ideal embodiment of a person or idea. Who is it that you want to become? This doesn’t mean you can’t be you, but rather, it’s a matter of getting clear on who the best version of you is—and then stepping into that. This will require some assistance and some imagination, so let yourself have some fun with it.
To create your Ideal Self Avatar, sometimes it’s helpful to begin with bringing to mind people, characters, deities, or superheroes you admire and respect. Make a list of the specific qualities and characteristics you find attractive. Imagine a time in your life when you didn’t handle a situation in the best way and imagine what this character would have done in that same scenario. You can then call upon this archetype whenever you feel challenged to help you become a better version of yourself by emulating some of their attributes. See if you can come up with a few different people or superheroes who inspire you to be your best and keep them in mind when you find yourself up against tough times.
Next, start to think about who you would be if you could design yourself:
- What would you be capable of?
- Who would you surround yourself with?
- What would your physical health be like?
- What type of relationships would you invest in?
- What would you want to accomplish or achieve?
- Would you be someone who is connected to their emotions and able to communicate in a conscious, yet direct way?
- Would you be able to set and enforce boundaries—with yourself and others?
- Would you have a spiritual or religious practice? If so, what would it entail?
Then, begin to make strides by taking action each day to become that version of you. Keep in mind that Rome was not built in a day and that the journey isn’t traveled overnight. You will need to be diligent in your self-discipline and maintain focus every day—even if it’s just baby steps.
5. Create a Vision Board
Vision boards have been a long-standing favorite of many for inspiring positive change. While they gained a heightened level of popularity after the documentary, The Secret, came out, vision boards have been around for a long time. A vision board uses the law of attraction—you will attract what you hold inside—like a magnet—good, bad and everything in between.
The law of attraction is activated at all times and is based on whatever is going on in your unconscious mind and the actions you are taking every day. Similar energetic frequencies attract other energetic frequencies. If you are doing your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual work and focusing on positive evolution, you will have an easier time attracting the things you are seeking.
Choose the area of your life where you need to do the most work and create a vision board—a collage of words, phrases, and images of things that inspire you, that highlight what you want to manifest in your life, and how you want to be living.
To create a vision board, get a large piece of poster board and a glue stick. Find online images relative to what you are seeking in your life or thumb through magazines, cutting out things you want to put on your board. Then, when you have your pile of desired images, begin to glue them to the poster board in a fashion that suits your taste in design and pin it to a wall in your home or office. The key here is to make sure you can see it every single day and that you have an energetic connection to the things on it.
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