Here we are on New Year’s eve. 2018 is starting in just a few hours. This is a moment to bid farewell to 2017 and consider what you will create in your life in 2018.
I recently wrote to you with suggestions for end-of-year reflecting. If you missed it, it's not too late to do some thoughtful looking back — and taking that look will certainly inform your perspectives on the new year you are stepping into.
When we commit to making time to look with clear eyes at the year that’s ending, it helps us to be in the delicate moment of “in-between” — the space between the end of where we have been, and who we can become. This is a rich moment for thought, for appreciating ourselves, and for creating a personal vision for the future. And, with a vision for the new year — whether it’s clear or less well-defined — you will be able to start setting intentions for what you want to create in your life this year.
As I have experienced over the years, there is a great deal to learn when we look clearly at our past — not to rehash or to sit with regret, but to see it all and have it inform our lives moving forward. Because, we all have things to acknowledge and celebrate. And we all have things that trip us up and block us.
Life gives us these challenges over and over — and thus there is endless opportunity for personal growth and expansion. Some things tend to trip us up again and again, but with insight, guidance, and new approaches, we can learn to deal with them better over time. And, when new kinds of challenges show up, as they inevitably do, we are able to apply what we have learned and make our way with more insight, confidence and ease.
Are there a few “quick-fix” steps I can rattle off to help you get past your personal blocks?
We are complex beings. I know from diving into the work I have done over the years that it is possible to find the path to mastering challenges when these ingredients are in place:
You must be willing to engage in serious work. True transformation and growth occur when you are willing to embrace the mystery and go deep.
We become what we believe. When you believe that you matter, you do not put yourself last. You are able to take steps to create what you desire in your life.
It’s both necessary and worthwhile to build structure and space in our lives to create the future we desire. A deep commitment to yourself entails bringing the focus, and expending the effort, that are required to make important change.
This is what I teach my clients and share at my workshops, and yet I am called on over and over to return to the fundamentals of willingness, belief, and commitment as I expand and grow in my life. We never reach ”perfect“ and the learning never stops! This is ongoing work, but the beauty is that over time you will have tools to reach for, mindsets shifts to reflect back on, and strategies to employ. These help me — and can help you — to break through and climb ever higher. You can create an amazing future. You have the power to shape your life.
My intention is to bring you new and exciting ways to grow in the year ahead. Here are a number of ways I can serve you in 2018:
1. Join me for my new IgNight Creative Experiences and Excursions, to light up your spirit and bring joyous create flow into your life. The first one is on January 18, and they will continue on the third Thursday of each month.
2. Learn at a workshop. I will be offering a full-day workshop every other month. The first one is my Dream Big Vision-Board Workshop, on January 20 — a powerful day for getting clear and setting a vision for the year you want to create. Then on March 17, you can join me for my new workshop, From Doubt to Confidence, Getting from Stuck to Unstoppable. The rest of the workshop calendar for 2018 will be posted soon.
3. Experience coaching in a group. I will be launching a new group coaching program this year, following the success (and extended) coaching group I offered this year. Details will be coming soon.
4. Get support to make deep, lasting change. I am always happy to talk to you about what private coaching can look like for you. This is the most powerful way I can support you to get beyond the challenges that limit you to realize tremendous personal growth.
And, if you have a question, or an issue you are unsure about how to approach, I welcome you to drop me an email. Or, let’s make a date for a call. I am happy to help you think through what’s on your mind.
I would love to hear about significant insights you’ve had from reflecting on the last year, and the intentions you have for what you want to create in 2018. Leave a comment below, or email me to let me know.
May this be your year to get unstuck and experience incredible growth and expansion!
Sending you heartfelt wishes for abundant happiness, love and creativity in 2018. Let’s all LIVE BIG in the year ahead.