As I begin this new week in 2017, I am preparing my mindset for what I wish to receive.
Over the past few years, I’ve come to recognize the importance of the toxic marriage I left. It brought me here – to this place where I know I can create anything I want in my life.
It’s not an instantaneous magic – like a rabbit out of hat – but rather, a journey.
Now I’d argue it’s a magical journey, but that’s the perspective I choose.
You get to choose any perspective you want.
Some things I’m doing to prepare this year mimic what I did at the beginning of 2016, and some have evolved because of what I’ve learned about myself over the last year.
Here’s what I’m doing:
1. Setting up and starting my prepaving / intention setting journal.
I’m meditating first, then envisioning what I want my life to look like in 10 years, 5 years, and a year from now.
Specifically: how do I want to feel? who do I want to help? what do I want to realize / accomplish?
Each of those three pieces get my undivided and freaking-excited-because-I-can-do-anything attention.
(YES, ANYTHING. You’ve gotta go into it that way so the vision is strong enough to pull you toward it, and distractions can bounce off you more easily.)
2. Setting up and starting my daily journal.
This is the space where I journal out what I’m experiencing if I need to work through something.
Too often, we want to hurry past the pain, or potential pain.
I am just as guilty of this as anyone, and I know better!
The only way out is through. When we resist working through something – accepting where we are – we cannot move forward.
And often times – almost every time, in fact – the biggest breakthroughs I’ve had come just on the other side of that pain.
Pain is only a trigger to look within.
But this isn’t a pain journal. That’s not my focus.
It’s an accept-where-I-am-to-transform-it journal.
Again, perspective is important.
3. Reviewing last year’s prepaving and accept-to-transform journals, and celebrating the journey I took last year.
I do this regularly, as noting the power of the journey helps keep me inspired. Reviewing a whole year is phenomenal.
Do you journal? Do you take time to journal about what you want, rather than rehash what you didn’t want? Do you take the leap and ask for what you want? That can be a scary step, I know. Because what if you don’t get it?
Oprah is right about this one, you guys. You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.
I challenge you to try these steps this year. Give it a whirl. You’ll be glad you did.