Your Plan For 2019
Happy Last Day of 2018! I don’t know about you, but this year went by very, very fast for me, with lots of exciting things and progress to celebrate.
What’s your plan for living a more dream-affirmative life in 2019? Do you even have one?
In this week’s blog/vlog, I want to share some concepts I use that may help you reflect on what’s occurred in your life, how things unfolded (whether you met your goals for 2018 or not), what kinds of challenges you faced and what kinds of changes you feel are necessary to make as you get ready for 2019.
Once you have a plan, you can use your mind to become more aware about what you want. To the degree that you charge that plan with your emotion and visualize it as happening, you create a magnetic attraction.
For some, these concepts are very “airy fairy.” However, if you’re open to using the amazing powers of your mind to test the laws of quantum physics and probability, these very simple concepts do work.
What worked in 2018?
Start by acknowledging things that worked well in 2018 and account for them.
- How did you create happiness in your life?
- What worked well in your exercise program?
- What have done to improve your diet?
- Are you getting an adequate amount of rest?
- How much play time — play without an attached outcome — did you give yourself?
Then, to do your review effectively, it’s good to look forward and identify what your dream is for 2019. It may be worth doing some meditation, even if you don’t have an overarching dream, to nail down what that goal or objective may be.
If you’re having trouble doing that, try looking at it from a 4 Doctors view of happy-making, diet, quiet and movement. (If you need a refresher course on the 4 Doctors, check out my recent series on the Fastest Way to Health.)
Creating this framework gives you the ability to encapsulate those goals in a statement of positive affirmation in 2019 — I choose to do ______ — then state it that way.
What do you want to change or do more in 2019?
All of this helps you fill in the blanks about what you need to do to live the next year more fully, abundantly and with a better balance too.
It may be simple things like spending less money, paying off some bills, cleaning your house or getting your car repaired, or more complex things depending where you are in your life.
Too often, these are the kinds of things we know that we have to do, but avoid all the time. Unfortunately, this is where our nightmares reside and most of our energies are often trapped.
These situations are usually signs that we’re too tired to fully engage our lives or we’re stuck in repeated behaviors that aren’t serving us, which lends itself to my concept of an addiction (any repeated behavior that’s not serving you).
So, how do we get past this? Very simply, you can write a list of the things that you’re willing and able to do right now. Oftentimes, we end up with a list of things that we have to do that is so long it can paralyze us.
You could even schedule that list of tasks starting in January. For example, you can do A in January, B in February and C in March, then plan the rest throughout the year.
When I’m writing healing or exercise programs for clients, I’ll organize them so that the most important things for clients to do first — let’s say getting to bed on time, drinking more water, eating higher quality food or getting at least half an hour of movement each day — rise to the top of their lists.
I organize them this way, so if they have time to do only one thing and they start at the top of the list, they’re going to be doing the one thing that’s going to give them the most return on their time and energy investment.
Doing something as simple as drinking more water may not be the most critical thing on your list, but it’s important to be honest with yourself and your ability to make a difference in your life right now.
Once you get some movement in the change process, it usually starts to gain momentum and you start feeling better. Sometimes, doing something as simple as cleaning your house or drinking more water can change the life force energy or the chi in your environment, picks you up a little bit and inspires you to keep going.
Just as important as to putting a list together of what you want and need in 2019 to create a better life based on your dreams is developing a separate list of things you do not want.
What you don’t want in 2019
Maybe, you suffered an illness from working too much, so limiting the number of hours you work each week should be on that must not have list. Clearly define what you must not have, whether it be relationships to people, places, things, activities or tasks. It could be personal, professional or spiritually oriented pursuits.
That small process can really help bring some clarity and organization to your energy, so that when you reach New Year’s Day 2019, you have a really good sense of what’s important for you and what you’re no longer willing to put energy into.
Then, you can start the new year with a clean slate and work with the things that you’re willing and able to do with purpose and honesty. As you gain momentum and feel better, you become more inspired to keep knocking items off that list of changes you want to make.
Just be mindful that if you only do the things you think you have to do and none of the things you like to do, things typically go flat. You don’t enjoy yourself. You might get grumpy and hard to be around.
But if you do the things you’re willing and able to do and you’re honest and aware about why you’re not able to do certain things that you’ve needed to do — being too tired or not having enough money, support or resources you need — you can still make progress and move forward.
Love and chi,