“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

If 2016 owned you, walked into 2017 like you own it! All those non-productive habits, self-doubts, maybes, should haves and what ifs should be packed in a bag and tossed into the ocean or nearest river. This is the first month of a new year, begin this new month with an action plan to improve yourself, your life, business or all of the above.

1. Be Courageous
Live out loud, live courageously, embrace uncertainty and plan as if failure is NOT an option for you. What have you got to lose? Let 2017 be the year that you ignore the fear and jump! Honestly, there are still some things that strike a hint of fear in me, but in the end, I release the fear, jump into it anyway. I just planned a trip to cruise, set up my online novelty store and just added 6 more task to my already lengthy list.

2. Reflect and Evaluate
Instead of writing down resolutions, write down your goals. This allows you to reasonably decided what you want in your future. Write down five goals, being specific in how you wish those goals to turn out and your level of satisfaction with that final outcome. For example- you want your blog to be successful. Ok! How would you measure the success of your blog? Attracting more followers? Posting more frequently?

3. Alter Your Mindset
I always come back to this one. Don’t look at the situation instead examine your attitude about the situation. If you hit a snag in achieving your goals. No worries, look at it from a different angle, find the positive in that situation.

4. Replace. Don’t Eliminate
While you’re in the shift of altering your mindset. If you want permanent results you can’t simply drop an old habit, when eliminating old behaviours, it must be replaced by a new one. This fills the void, prevents you from over obsessive thinking and falling back into your old habit of self-doubt.

~Have a Meaningful Monday


~©Etta D. Richards