There's always something special about the start of a new year. As one year comes to a close and another starts, I especially enjoy taking stock, cleaning up details and preparing a fresh slate for another year of my life to unfold. As I reflect on the past year I am indeed grateful that I am still standing tall despite many challenges and economic uncertainty.
As I think about the constants in my life that seem to endure, regardless of what's going on around me it quickly becomes obvious the factors that contribute to my overall satisfaction and success.
Naturally, as I project myself into the next year, and what I want to experience and accomplish - it becomes clear that all I need to do is do more of what works and let go of what doesn't.
So, forget resolutions, they don't work anyway.
Yes, I need to exercise more, but if I am feeling good about myself and I'm happy with my life, regardless of the circumstantial stress I may be feeling I naturally take better care of myself. Duh.
As this new year begins here's what clearly works for me, and what I'm going to focus more on:
Remembering Gratitude -- No matter how off balance I may be, returning to the simple practice of counting my blessing -- my health, my business, my husband and children, always makes me feel better.
Connecting with Others -- I live way out in the boonies and can get very isolated. Creating more opportunities to engage with people -- family or friends always inspires and energizes me.
Prioritizing Play -- Honestly, sometimes I can't even remember what play is. Let alone do it. For me play is anything that gets me away from the computer and makes me laugh.
Giving Back -- More than just a nice, socially correct concept, I find this to be the most important aspect of what creates long term satisfaction in my life. Even when I am feeling tight about money or lack of time, giving ALWAYS reinforces a great sense of purpose and fulfillment. I've made a commitment to regularly give both.
What is it for you? What could you do more of? What are the factors in your life that create a foundation of satisfaction -- regardless of your external circumstances? It's simple really -- give it some thought and have a great year.
About the author: Helaine Iris is a Life and Business Coach, who has been featured in numerous publications, including "O" The Oprah Magazine. She helps entrepreneurs and professionals accelerate their success, while achieving a more complete and fulfilling personal life. She combines a broad range of professional experience in her work, including management positions in the education, training, retail and international non-profit sectors. For a free consultation, contact her at 603-363.4252 to discuss how she can help you accelerate your own success. You may also visit her website, Path of Purpose.