So 2014 is here, and it is the fourth day. How’s is going so far? What is going to define 2014 from 2013 for you? Do you know where are you going?
Stephen Covey says “To begin with the end in Mind” in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Like any journey, you first need to know where you want to get to, in order to then determine how you are to get there. So where do you want to be by the end of December 2014? If you think that’s too far ahead, you are already on the path to missing the boat.
Its important “To begin with the end in Mind”
What Are your goals based on? Are they more about impulse and what’s in trend right now or are your goals deeply set and clearly thought out? Many people will be for want of a better word ‘trending’ right now. In other words following what’s popular and common place for the month of January – setting goals for loosing weight, planning holidays, looking to start paying off store cards or credit cards that were maxed for Christmas, etc. But, the thing is, like many things, as the days and weeks tick by so the enthusiasm wains and diminishes as the challenges and obstacles appear. Like the waves crashing against a ship if a course was never firmly plotted out, you will find yourself, slowly veering off course, maybe even running a ground.
So, what do you want for yourself for 2014? If I learnt anything especially towards the end of 2013 it was that ‘Marking Time’ is a stale mate position and not an option for experiencing the best of yourself in life. Marking Time is neither going backward nor progressing forward. Its simply maintaining the status quo and remaining in your comfort zone. Keeping things stable and regular but not necessarily in the best place for you. So nothing is undertaken that is challenging. Nothing is done that threatens to change your current situation . Which may mean things seem fine, but the truth is exposure is what widens you to new experiences. Opens up your circle of influence to new friends and opportunities! The defining line is labelled ‘RISK!’
Well its almost the end of 2013 and it has been a year of ups and downs and some wonderful experiences.
I started my blog on 5th October and I have really enjoyed my experience so far. For all of you who have read, liked, followed and commented on my blog I just want to say thank you its has been such an experience to see people from all over the world visiting my blog.
This will be my final blog for 2013 as tomorrow I will be caught up in all the preparations for my family and celebrating the New Year by seeing New Year in as I usually do in Church followed by spending time with family on New Year’s Day.
Today I have put together a collection of quotes that I have simply loved and hope you find encouraging and inspirational for you as you move into the New Year.
Life is short, live it.
Love is rare, grab it.
Anger is bad, dump it.
Fear is awful, face it.
Memories are sweet, cherish it.” – Unknown
The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown
We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives.. Some lessons are painful, some are painless.. but, all are priceless.” –Unknown
Three things you cannot recover in life: the WORD after it’s said, the MOMENT after it’s missed and the TIME after it’s gone. Be Careful!” – Unknown
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
I believe these quotes echo my thoughts and attitude in making the most of your life and running with it. Its never too late to make changes
God’s word says:-
The end of the matter is better than its beginnings, and patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8
So wishing you a Happy New Year and its never to late to Be the Change you want to be, make that start for 2014!
Life’s lesson’s can be often simple and yet quiet meaningful, if you choose to learn from it!
It was a normal Saturday and for some reason I just wanted to get certain things done. I have a Chinese fan which I was given as a gift and it has by lying around the house for the past 5 yrs, and a heavy mirror which I bought, which has been lying against my living room wall for the past 2½ years. I know, unbelievable…. but for some reason I just thought at the time I needed someone else to put the mirror up due to its size and weight, as for the fan, it needed other things on the wall to compliment it, I felt…..WRONG!! All they needed was an aptitude and willingness to have a go. So today was the day, and they are now on the wall, as they should be!!
I was so happy to get these things up its was untrue. All it took was a little , time, common sense, and determination ( the screws were a bit testing at times), but I got there in the end. I was so happy, and I could not believe it took me so long!! Basically, because Do It Yourself (DIY) was never my strong point or passion. So it was easier to say I would get someone to do it for me, but I never asked and guess what, no one offered either!! So there they stayed as beautiful as they were and as close as they were. They were never fully appreciated until this wonderful Saturday.
So I wondered, what else do I have in my life, beautiful yet out of position and totally under utilised and out of position? Do I have gifts or things already in my grasp that I feel require someone else, because they are more qualified, more suitable than me? Hence my post ‘It’s Never To Late.’
Adopting a DIY Attitude For 2014, that is definitely my plan. Goals, and their progression are down to me/you alone. They will sit in the wonders of our hearts and minds until the day we decided to make them happen. No one else can do for you what you are not willing to do for yourself. So yeh, whatever it takes, if you can DIY, then DIY. God will deal with everything else that is totally outside of our control.
No one else can do for you what you are not willing to do for yourself.
Be the Change you want to be. It would be nice to hear about what finally got done for you?
December is always a funny month. It can be bitter-sweet, and during my life I can say I have experienced both.
It’s the time of the year when you sit in the growing shadows and darkness of the current year whilst the emerging dawn and brightness of the New Year – in this case 2014 emerges.
A year for me, is as a day – all things to all people. For some 2013 will be the best year of their life! To someone else the worst. But for many, their experiences will sit somewhere in between.
December, as I said, is a funny month. For it really has the extremes of life. In the UK, it’s when families look forward to Christmas. They plan and buy gifts, food, drink, decorations on a scale that has the shops salivating, tills ringing, bank accounts dwindling and Credit card companies smiling. If you are a Christian, its the time to celebrate the birth of Christ and children preform their Nativity plays, choirs sing, bells ring. The family experience is a time of joy and happiness for many like me, because it’s about our children, gran children and the older generation still with us. But for many these are the very things of tears and sadness due to loss, or no family and the reality of a deeper loneliness and isolation or poverty and maybe having or not having the basics for life’s daily needs.
For me December is always a reflective month, but it is also when I look forward in anticipation of the New Year. Most people think about setting their plans and goals in the New Year, I was no different. But for the first time this year I will enter 2014, by God’s grace already knowing what my plans and goals are. Why? Because, I was given a clear direction to start thinking and preparing for 2014 from the mid October.
As a Christian I believe in times and seasons. What that means, is that in life there is a purposeful time when you have to do things. You know this, it feels more instinctive than decided, its like a repetitive loop you find difficult to shake off or ignore, ‘spiritually instinctive.’ It’s in your head and your heart to do something, start something or stop something, leave or change something.
I have learnt not to ignore this internal voice for it always pans out to be true. Lots of people will wait until they physical feel and see the rush, before the start to do something. I have learnt that this is often too late and you have missed the boat. The opportune time is when it’s unseen, yet to happen, but you know or sense it will happen, so you need to action things into motion now. Faith is working on the unseen things as if they already exist.
Faith is working on the unseen things as if they already exist.
Faith is about stepping out and into something, when in your reality nothing may/does not exist to support the dream or vision you have in your heart and head. Like I said in my blog Positioning – A Key to Success if your goal is to be riding the biggest surf of your life and you know you’re in the right location where this is going to happen, the last thing you should be doing is enjoying the sun and scenery on the beach. You need to be already pushing out in the direction of the waves and experiencing the changing sea. Ready to starting catching and riding your warm up waves in anticipation of the Big wave you expect to come.
There are things that I have changed and I am still working on, but this is mostly mental decisions and written things I need to have as a foundation and in place, which I plan to finish soon. If however, I had left it until January to start I now realise would have meant I would have been around 3 months behind before the year had even started and my dream and the implementation time I had in my head would not have been achievable because they were set without appreciating or understanding how much pre-working I needed to complete in the mean time just for this thinking phase. This is when timing matters. The season matters. Because natural laws remain and do not change. If a farmer wants to reap a particular crop in March/April/May he prepares the land from November, December in order to sow in time around January/February.
Don’t under-estimate what you need to do. It could cost you. So if you know you have something you need to change or start for 2014 should you be waiting for the 1st of January? Are you standing on your warm beach enjoying the distractions? Or should you be where the other surfers are?
Be the change you need to be. Have a good day.