CREATING POSITIVE CHANGE 2017
How are you creating positive change 2017?
The beginning of each year is a great time to reflect on the year that was. This gives the opportunity to look towards positive change in all aspects of your life. Making New Year Resolutions has never worked for me. The emphasis seemed to be on making lists which focussed on small elements of my life. This didn’t result in any new behaviours in my thoughts, actions, beliefs and directions. I love this definition of New Year Resolutions – New Year Resolutions are a to do list for the first week of January.
WHAT I DO TO CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE
For the last six years I have focused on choosing a word (sometimes called a POWER word, FOCUS word or LIGHTHOUSE word). The word I choose will be guiding and supporting me in moving forward so I like to call it my LIGHTHOUSE word. This is my approach to creating positive change each year.
The LIGHTHOUSE words I have chosen over the last six years are:-
2014 IMPOSSIBLE (translated I’m Possible)
2015 BALANCE & MOMENTUM
LIGHTHOUSE word for 2017 is QUESTIONS.
Getting caught up in the busyness of doing life can sometimes mean loosing sight of what is important to us. When this happens we are just doing and not being. This is what happened to me in 2017.
As a result of being busy and caught up the health of my back suffered badly. Coming to a complete stop for eight weeks was not in my plans. Changing how I do everything in life is important if I am to be happy and healthy. The realisation that my body does not recover in the same way as it use to is a rude awakening.
Asking QUESTIONS will be my lens to determine how I am doing and what I am letting into my life.
QUESTIONS I WILL BE ASKING
- What is important to me at this time?
- Will this still be important to me in a year’s time? (Great question for when I start to stress and worry about things).
- What tasks / activities will have the biggest impact on reaching my goals? (self care, health, family, social, business)
- Are my expectations of myself at this time realistic?
- What am I spending time on?
- How do I want to be and feel?
- What am I not spending time on?
- How am I feeling? (ongoing monitoring)
These questions will become the benchmark for creating positive change in 2017. They will guide me to gain more clarity, energy, focus and balance in all areas of my life.