Contributor: Tammy Marshall
SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR 2019
There’s something a little bit magical that occurs between switching off your computer at the end of the year and sitting back down in the new year.
The space that’s created when we rest, have fun, read, enjoy sunshine, nature and saltwater, and have time to think creates a sense of possibility.
The challenge becomes: what should you do with that energy?
We have researched some of the best things you can do to get set up for a stellar year.
Here are five things you can do right now.
1. CREATE A VISION BOARD
Before you do anything, take some time to direct your focus to what you would like the year to look like. Images are a much more conceptual way of defining our hopes, goals and dreams. An easy way to do this is to create a private board on Pinterest and scroll through the feed. The most important part of this process is to be guided by how the images make you feel. Do you feel joy, pleasure, excitement, or happiness when you look at the image? If so, add it to your board. Don’t overthink it. Forget about who you’re supposed to be. Forget about the realities of where you live and what you do. This is dreamtime. The beauty of this process is that you are giving your mind something to focus on. And when your focus shifts, so does your energy.
One thing to consider: if your best friend saw your vision board on the footpath, would they know it was yours? If not, you need to make it more specific. Don’t be afraid to put words on your vision board that represent how you want to feel in the future.
Finally, use the time before you go to sleep and immediately after waking up to visualise your vision board. This sets a positive intention and gives your subconscious some solid direction.
2. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU LOVE
It’s easy to get caught up in the things you want to avoid but it’s much more effective to focus on what you love. This has nothing to do with what the world wants you to love (ie money, status, luxury). This has everything to do with what you – your most authentic self – truly loves. Becoming more truly yourself – even if that person is a rampant Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan with a love of schnauzers – will bring more love into your life because you will attract and connect with your tribe more easily.
3. GET STRONG
A popular yoga saying is ‘Strength is found at the edges’. What this means is that you have to push yourself to the point where things become slightly uncomfortable if you want to build flexibility and power. This could mean having difficult conversations, learning something that’s outside your sphere, pushing yourself physically, or going a few steps beyond what’s comfortable in your work life.
4. FOLLOW YOUR CURIOSITY
Has something caught your attention? Is that something totally outside your everyday life? Just because you’re an accountant, or a florist, or a PR person, it doesn’t mean you can’t do a coding workshop, or a gardening course or buy a bunch of books on numerology. Following your curiosity is a surefire way to find new paths to new places, while also building new neural pathways to greater intelligence, problem-solving abilities and relationship building skills.
5. TAKE ACTION
Sign up. Apply for the job. Enrol in the course. Make time. It’s a great start to have a plan but if you want to make it happen, you need to commit. Don’t make excuses. If money is an issue, look for free options. If time is an issue, get up earlier or go to bed later. If your body is the problem, seek advice and take action. Small amounts of consistent effort = big results.
Here’s to a wonderful 2019. We can’t wait to share it with you.
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