1. Give up your resistance to change. A butterfly starts its life as a very small egg, change into a caterpillar, then into a pupa, also known as a chrysalis before it changes into a beautiful butterfly. When “change” is necessary for us to discover our true potential and destiny, resistance to change can prevent you from becoming a successful individual. Continue to change your approach, until you reach your goal in this year.
2. Give up the excuses. It says, either you can have results or you can have excuses but you cannot have both. Covering your failures with excuses will not do any good for you. Learn from your mistakes and move on, because your life is a learning process.
3. Give up your limiting beliefs. You are your thoughts. You are your beliefs. Your beliefs operate at a deep subconscious level and they influence on how you interpret your circumstances in life. Those interpretations will decide how you interact with them. Your repeated way of interacting becomes your habits and your habits make up of your character. When someone says, “You can’t do it!” or “That’s impossible”, don’t lose hope. Just because they could not, does not mean you can’t. What matters is not what others say but what you believe.
4. Give up your negative self-talk. We talk to ourselves than we talk to anyone else. Psychologists have estimated that on average, we have 60,000 thoughts per day and alarmingly 80% of those thoughts are negative. Make a mental note in this year to “watch” your “self talk” for comments such as; “I’m not good enough”, “I don’t deserve this”, “I am going to fail again”, “This year is going to be another bad year” or “It is too late to do anything”. You may have had some bad experience in past years. So what? Everyone goes through up and downs in their lives. Your past thoughts and actions have brought you to ‘your today’; and your present thoughts and actions will take you to ‘your tomorrow’!
5. Give up the habit of waiting. Some people have the habit of “waiting for the right time” by putting off important decisions in their lives. But the truth is, the reasons why those people procrastinate (keep postponing things) appear to be a connection with issues of worry, low sense of self-respect, and a self-defeating attitude. I invite you to give up the habit of “waiting” in 2014, believe in yourself and take actions today because “you reap tomorrow what you sow today.”
Have a Successful and Mindful Journey in 2014!