Posted by: Rachel Cates | January 20, 2010

A New Reality for the New Year

It is the beginning of a New Year!  It is time to reflect on our lives, the decisions we’ve made, and an opportunity to choose the endeavors we will pursue in the days ahead.

Each moment is an opportunity to create a new reality.  The process starts by first realizing that your thoughts and actions have gotten you to where you are today.  When you are able to own up to the power you have to design the circumstances of your life, then you are able to shift from creating unconsciously to living a life of purpose. 

Take a serious look at where you are today emotionally, physically, spiritually, financially, etc..  Do you feel that you are on the right path?  If so, what do you need to do to maintain your momentum?  If not, what steps do you need to take to get back on track.  Often, it’s not what you add to your life that makes the greatest impact, but what you take away.  Are there unhealthy habits that need to be broken?  Are there destructive relationships that need to be removed from your life?   The answers to these questions will provide you with insight which will help you create your new reality.

As you begin to clearly visualize your life the way you’d like for it to be, it is important to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals.  S.M.A.R.T. Goals are Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic and Time Bound.  

For example, it is not enough to say that you will lose weight in 2010.  If you are serious about this goal then you must be willing to make it a S.M.A.R.T. Goal. 

Here is the goal revised…

It is my goal to lose 40 lbs. by the end of 2010.  I will break this goal into manageable increments by losing 3.3 lbs per month.  I plan to accomplish this goal by exercising at least 4 days a week for 45 minutes and by sticking to the meal plan outlined by my nutritionist.  I will track my progress by weighing and measuring myself once a month. 

Once your goals have been established then it’s imperative to create a structure that will support your goals.  Identify the resources you have that can help you accomplish your goals as well as potential roadblocks that will get in your way.  Learn how to manage distractions and prioritize your daily activities so you will get the most important projects completed first. 

Having a solid plan also includes getting a support system or networking with like-minded individuals that can help you to stay on track when the going get’s tough.

You are powerful and capable of creating your new reality.  It is wise to spend a few minutes every day imagining your ideal life.  The more you do this the easier it will be and details and ideas will unfold to help you crystallize your plans.  Set your goals, but be willing to revise them, as you acquire more information propelling you towards success.

Remember: “If you can see it; you can achieve it”

Happy New Year!!  Happy New You!!

Rachel Cates, CLC

Work /Life Balance Coach

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