2014 was a year of self discovery. Enrolling in the Martha Beck Institute was an investment in me. Certainly, I’ve invested in “me” before, but this was a different sort of investment; an investment in my whole being (and well worth it!). I knew walking into training that I would want to become certified at the earliest opportunity possible in 2015.
2015 is this week! Given the new year is right around the corner, I felt the need to go a bit deeper, self examine and create a base of fundamentals for myself in 2015. The overarching theme is one of Iiving in the present while being mindful of my purpose and passion in life. The principles are basic, but not necessarily “easy”:
- Honor and live my truth
My truth is His truth; I was created by God for a purpose in this life. After years of wondering exactly what that purpose was, I discovered it in 2014 and will honor who God created me to be while living out my mission in 2015: To use my experience, compassion and positivity to help others gain clarity and confidence so they can become happy with who they are.
- Confidently know that I am enough
Many of us experience recurring thoughts in our lives; sometimes these thoughts can be self destructive and are are believable enough to throw us off our true course. The destructive series of thoughts I chose to believe in the past surround “I’m not ____ enough.”Fill in the blank with whatever you want. Common words in my inventory? Good, strong, corporate, smart, fit, wise, pretty, flexible, creative. Can I improve in these areas? Absolutely! But guess what, world? I am enough and this year, it is my goal to believe in myself holistically, putting the negative self talk behind me.
- Seek first to understand, then be understood
Best known as Habit 5 in Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, this one has remained with me over the years and has proven to be a game changer. “Seek first to understand” applies on so many levels: understanding of self, understanding of others, understanding of circumstances and reactions to them, understanding of God and of the universe…and on and on.When we attempt to understand where we are and how we arrived there, why we behave the way we do and what is happening in our lives, it gives us a brilliant perspective.
- Utilize my God-given gifts to change the world, one person at a time
The gifts God bestowed on me are improving and make a difference in the lives of individuals I interface with on a daily basis. Whether the gifts are tangible or intangible, I have received them freely. If I keep them only for myself, I have not fulfilled my purpose. By using my gifts, my goal is to change the world by helping humanity find authentic happiness….one person at a time.
- Appreciate history; live in the present, but always move forward
I’ve learned a great deal from history: my history, the history of others, the history of institutions and organizations. However, I do not choose to live in it nor carry it with me into 2015. As Spencer Johnson best describes, “Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present”. In 2015, I will live in the present with the mantra of “I am here”. Yesterday will be appreciated for what it was, but today is today and I choose to move positively forward!
I’d love hearing from you about your mantra for 2015 and look forward to serving you in the new year!
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