We are thrilled. Our good friend Steve has written a wonderful post for us. Time to start thinking about all the good things you’re going to bring into your life during 2015.
It has begun… change is in the air as 2014 begins to make its elegant exit and 2015 greets us with the possibility of a refreshing start.
Change is in the air… What about you?
Are you going to allow the world around you to change while you remain stagnant?
Will you allow 2015 to find you the same as 2014 left you?
Why not let this season of change be YOUR season?
Let this be the time when the fresh seasonal transition carries a tune of change that makes your heart dance!
It’s YOUR season!
You have been waiting to break free and release your greatest self. Let this be your season.
Enough of the same old rut!
Enough of the worries, insecurities, and doubt!
Enough of the regret!
Enough of letting undeserving people dictate your moods!
Enough of giving others power over you!
Enough of feeling empty and unfulfilled!
Enough of letting days, weeks, months, and years pass without truly embracing all their blessings!
Enough is enough!
Change is in the air. This change reminds us that we are made and beautifully sculpted by the same power that is orchestrating this transition. Let this be the season you embrace and align yourself with this change.
Look around you. Everything changes. Everything on this earth is in a continuous state of evolving, refining, improving, adapting, enhancing… changing. You were not put on this earth to remain stagnant.
Don’t fall into the trap of dreading the holiday season. Make the best of it. Yes, make the best out of the chaos of family and visitors (even the crazy and annoying ones).
Instead of letting it stress you, let it bless you. Use this time as a gauge for personal behavior and direction in your own life. The people who annoy you offer a great guide for what not to be.
Don’t miss out on the opportunities of closure that this time of year offers.
It’s your season of refinement, enhancement, happiness, and success.
Make this the time you throw away old habits that have hindered your happiness and success, and finally allow your greatest self to flourish.
The time has come. YOUR time is now.
It’s your season.
Finish the year strong… and bring on the next!
And remember, I’m here cheering you on.
Five things to keep in mind and carry with you as this year ends and the new one begins:
Have a funeral for past relationships.
Think of how liberating it would feel to have a funeral for past relationships and drama. Take the time to look back and give the past its proper recognition. Reflect upon what you can learn from your experiences; the good, the bad, the pretty, the ugly. Learn and move on. Recognize past relationships for their impact on your life and most importantly, recognize them for what they are… gone. Let go!
Let go of the people who poison your spirit.
Don’t let anyone tell you not to burn bridges. Some bridges are meant to be burned; some roads are never meant to be traveled again. Let go of the people who dull your shine, poison your spirit, and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues.
Don’t be discouraged by rejection.
Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better. Every job I was denied… opened the door to new opportunities. Every relationship that hurt me… led me to my true love. Every mistake I thought would be the end of me… pointed me towards an incredible success. Don’t give up… ever!
Don’t try to control other people’s behavior.
It is a tremendous burden to attach yourself to outcomes and behaviors you simply don’t control. The only control you have is your own behavior; and that’s tough enough to control. What chance do you have of controlling others’? Free yourself from such fruitless stressors. Instead of trying to control the behaviors of others, set a standard in your own life. Refuse to be disrespected, lied to, or mistreated. Set standards of personal behavior and standards of what you accept from others. Setting standards for yourself is a healthy and effective way to avoid the fruitless burden of trying to control others.
Be the hero of your story.
Your life is a story you’re telling yourself. I like to live each day of my life as if it’s a page in my life’s story. Don’t ever forget that you get to choose how your story plays out. Even if you don’t get to choose the events that happen, you do get to choose the labels you place on the events and what role you play. Are you the hero of your own story? If you aren’t, then you’re missing the whole point of your humanity. Maybe the hero that’s missing is you. When you become the hero of your own story, you activate a power within you to make changes to your entire life. Don’t ever lose sight of, or give away, your power as the author of your story.
Dr. Steve Maraboli is a life-changing Speaker, bestselling Author, and Behavioral Science Academic. His empowering and insightful words have been shared and published throughout the world in more than 25 languages. His latest book is “Unapologetically You.”