Did 2017 Deliver?
I’ve been pondering 2017 and much to my delight, it has been a very good year for me. How about you? What kind of year has 2017 been for you? Did you get that promotion? Make that trip to Bali? Did you fall in or out of love? Join the gym and lose the 20 lbs you committed to losing on January 1?
No matter what the results, you got delivered something – the delivery may have been exactly what you desired or it may have been exactly what you feared. Most of us have an action plan prepared for the coming year – we may say something like “This is going to be my year of success!” Or “Please let this year be better than the last?” The action plan is found in our words and expression of what we claim for ourselves.
Let’s look at that second statement, “Please let this year be better than the last?” If you decree this past year was less than desirable, then be very careful how you describe 2018. Emmet Fox, metaphysical teacher, taught, “What you think upon grows.” If our thoughts are filled with anger and despair at the past year experience and we don’t claim gratitude and find joy in that experience, then we grow the same negative experience for ourselves in this next year.
The first statement rings like a bell in the morning fog! It paints a path of excitement and passion leading to success! “This is going to be my year of success” carries the same weight and measurement of success as the second statement carries the weight and measurement of failure and pain. What we think upon grows.
Fox also taught, “Whatever you allow to occupy your mind you magnify in your life.” The more you think about health, wealth, love and purpose, the more of these you will bring into your life. Increase your level of happiness and joy and positive thoughts and increase your success.
Here are 6 tools that if implemented and practiced may create a new and effective thought process for you – don’t sit and ponder how they will change your thinking, just practice them on a daily basis and prepare yourself for a successful 2018.
1. Celebrate 2017
Yes, create a celebration of the experiences that brought you success and failure. Write a letter of gratitude and include your feelings for each experience – peace, joy, anger, fear, pride, shame, guilt, etc. Celebrate these feelings by honoring each one associated with the experience and then let them go with positive energies
2. Mind Your Own Business
Attend only to your affairs and what concerns you and yours. Keep your mind and thoughts centered on yourself and what you want most in 2018.
3. Reframe Negative Thoughts to Positive Thoughts
Notice your thoughts and keep them positive and hopeful. We all have times our thoughts are centered on fear or anger. When those thoughts are flying around, notice them, pause and reframe to the opposite. Instead of saying, “My boss is egotistical and critical,” reframe to “My boss is eager and decisive.” We must teach ourselves to think and act positive.
4. Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude acknowledges we received a gift we did nothing to earn or deserve. Research shows that gratitude may be the single most effective way to enhance happiness. In my book “The Age of Sage, Extraordinary Advice for Extraordinary Women” I describe creating an Alphabet List of Gratitude. Standing in line, going to sleep, etc, begin at A and go to Z, making a list of things for which you have to be grateful. Begin keeping a journal and making a daily gratitude list of at least 6 things.
5. Share Your Good Fortune
Share with others. Share your presence, your time, money, household items and clothes you no longer use. Share of yourself and realize the joy of giving. Your good fortune will grow as will your positive thinking.
6. Don’t Analyze, Utilize
Do not try to out-think, out-smart or out-maneuver your way into success. Leave the analysis to science and use these simple and effective tools to create the successful life you desire for 2018.
Practice these 6 tools for one month, 28 days. If you do, you will have a more positive frame of mind, gratitude will come pouring forth, you will have something to share and you will have taken the initial steps to create a successful 2018!
Judith Pepper is an author, transformational speaker, coach and sage who guides women after 40 to ask and explore the question “Now, What About ME?” She is the author of The Age of Sage: Extraordinary Advice for Extraordinary Women, a selection of narratives, formulas and ideas on how women can reframe negative thoughts into positive beliefs, so they can build their momentum to live life as fully and wildly as they desire.
Judith is also an expert public speaker on the subject of life transformation after 40. She’s addressed audiences of hundreds of women all over the US. She has won numerous awards in everything from community leadership to pecan pie baking! She firmly believes any woman can reap extraordinary success and pleasure, regardless of what she does for a living or where she is in life.