Things Will Be Different This Year, Right?

Things Will Be Different This Year, Right?

As we get closer to the end of the year, we begin to take stock of our lives. The new year brings with it the promise of a clean slate and we make resolutions for something better, something brighter and something more than we accomplished in the past year.

So, one year from now, in December 2003, where will you be?

Will you be working at something that you are so passionate about that it (almost) feels wrong to get paid for it? Will you be enjoying the loving support of a partner or spouse? Will you have taken time to give back something in honor of the gifts which you have received? Will you be living your one and only life with fearless joy?

There's nothing wrong with resolutions to lose weight or exercise more or quit smoking. Unfortunately, they aren't very easy to keep and we could probably recycle last year's resolutions and just change the date!

The answer may lie in resolving to create a life of purpose. By having a mission statement for the way you want to live, you will find it much easier to let go of the things that will not serve you in your new life. And to add the things that will enhance you.

After working on my life purpose, I've determined that my path is to live a life of creative exploration, joyful service and exuberant self-expression. This is the benchmark for what fits into my life and what I choose to give attention to. For example, when I'm overwhelmed with requests for my time or resources, I ask myself, "Can I do this in a spirit of joyful service?" If I'm feeling a sense of guilt or pressure, then I politely decline. I simply find the project that does bring me joy.

If your life purpose includes honoring yourself and others, bad habits are not going to fit in with that. This will be your higher reason for changing your habits. It's still not going to be easy, but when you see it in the context of something larger, it gives you the leverage you need to stay the course.

(c) Merlyn Sanchez offers personal and business coaching to people who are ready to live their ideal lives! Visit her on the web, email, to subscribe to her ezine "Your Ideal Life".


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