It’s definitely been an interesting holiday season so far. It’s been filled with many firsts for me: The first time we’ve gotten more than 2″ of snow on the ground, the first white Christmas in years, the first time my husband and I spent Christmas without the big extended family, and the first time I’ve felt prepared to go into the new year.
For those of you who read my blog regularly, you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been posting as often as I normally do. Yes, the holidays have been a major culprit (who isn’t busy this time of year?), but I’ve also been spending a lot of time getting ready for 2009.
Many people view the New Year as an opportunity to start over. Like my husband, I’m not a believer in New Years Resolutions, but I do believe in going into the New Year with a clean slate, setting the stage to enable your success in 2009. That obviously means different things to different people.
To me, that has meant cleaning the clutter out of my condo, cleaning out my email inbox, reading up on certain career and self development topics, and even getting a hair cut, buying a new workout outfit, and of course setting my goals for 2009.
The New Year presents a perfect opportunity to start anew. With only two days left until 2009, what can you do to make sure you enter the new year with a clean slate? Let go of some of the baggage you’ve been holding onto this past year so that on January 1st, you’re ready to live the life you want to live in 2009.
I started by asking myself, what is my vision for my life in 2009? Then I looked at my current situation and identified what can be done RIGHT NOW to support that vision. I also identified what has been pulling me away from that vision (or what have I been wanting to change or get rid of) that I can deal with RIGHT NOW.
- Does your vision include a clean home? Clean out that clutter NOW!
- Does your vision include a more organized professional life? Clean out your inbox NOW!
- Does your vision include rekindling a relationship with a long, lost friend? Give them a call NOW!
- Does your vision include establishing a second source of income? Draw up a plan NOW!
- Does your vision include advancing your career? Register for that training class NOW!
- Does your vision include regular prayer or meditation? Buy the meditation CDs NOW!
- Does your vision include a healthy, strong body? Buy the gym membership NOW!
See, a lot of people wait around, sitting on their thumbs until January 1st, thinking, “I’ll take action as soon as the New Year hits.” I think that’s backwards. When the clock changes from 11:59PM in 2008 to 12:00AM in 2009, that transformation should already be underway so you start 2009 with a clean slate. All the baggage, all the regrets, all the bad habits from your old life are left behind in 2008. Start it NOW, so on January 1st, you’re well on your way to living your vision.
Here’s to health, prosperity, wealth, and happiness to you and your loved ones in 2009!