The end of the year is looming large and I’m starting to think about what I want from next year.
So many of us wander around thinking life acts on us. Surprisingly we have more control over what happens to us than we think.
The way we are, how we behave, and what we believe, affects everything we do. And to some extent it affects what happens to us. Not in a ‘law-of-attraction’ way but in a ‘if I’m grumpy pants with my partner, I’ll get cranky pants back’ way.
You must have also seen how some people’s beliefs affect what happens to them. The person who believes ‘no good deed goes unpunished’ gets the law suit for helping out a friend. The person who believes the world loves them gets smooth sailing.
The good news is that we have control over how we are, how we behave and what we believe. And the more we live by these in a positive way, the more likely it is the world will respond in kind. That’s why I like to think about all these things and what I’d like to be, how I’d like to behave and what I’d like to believe for the coming new year.
So these are the questions you might like to ask yourself now so that come the new year you have an action plan of how to implement the changes into your life:
- What kind of person do you want to be? What kind of friend, partner, parent, boss, employee?
- What values are you living by? Which ones are you not?
- What behaviours would you like to include more of in your life? What would you like to do more of or less of with other people?
- What ‘things’ have you said you’ll do but haven’t gotten around to it? How could you make space for these in the coming year?
- What qualities would you like to cultivate?
- What beliefs do you have that are not serving you? Or even getting you into trouble? Which ones do you want to keep and cultivate?
- What would you like to believe about the world? About other people? About life in general?
- What could you do to make these part of your everyday life?
Let me know how you go with this little exercise.