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Monday, December 29, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Dec 29 - Part of the Plan is to Plan

"Before you begin a thing remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin."
- Kathleen Norris, Novelist

Many of us at this time of year, are planning that wonderful "New Year's Resolution".
Maybe not 'planning' as much as hoping and trying to be convincing - to themselves, and then to everyone else.

While a resolution can be good, I prefer to label my New Year Plans as just that... plans, or goals.
Do what you must to take away the mental impact of 'pressure' but still make a commitment to yourself that you are going to apply your best effort.

Too often these resolutions are lined with a level of desperation, and then surrounded by negative energy. People are upset about their weight, or their job ... or something they deem as a fault and it must change...so they make a resolution...saying it feels better and they convince themselves...all will be better. But then, the first obstacle hits and they were too busy focussing on the promise to realize that there would be some tough turns to navigate on this journey...and then they give up.

I do not call it a "resolution". I call it a goal. A goal for something that is going to enhance my life so therefore I have everything to gain from staying focussed on it. AND... I know it will not always fall right into place for me, so I attempt to foresee what might rise up as an obstacle, and now I am more prepared.

The problems I may face, are nothing to stop me but the unprepared discouragement that attacks us can stop just about any of us.

Set a goal for this New Year promise on the horizon. Prepare yourself by accepting that things may not go 100% smooth but remind you of the rewards, and that these things are not show stoppers.

You still have your eyes on the prize and the awareness of why you are doing what you do.

Good morning.
Happy Holidays - and let's finish the year strong.


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