As we begin a new year, it’s time to “stop being who you were and change into who you are.” (Paul Coelho)
Even if you’re not sure who you are, you can certainly look back at 2010 and see who you were. And from that perspective, you can decide what aspects of your personality no longer work for you, what characteristics or behaviors you’d like to let go of and leave behind in 2010, and what qualities or skills that you’d like to grow and develop further.
The cool thing is: you don’t have to have all the answers in order to get started! Once you have identified those aspects of you that are no longer helpful, you have already taken the first step.
The next step is to release these unwanted characteristics or behaviors; just leave them in the dust…like a heavy suitcase that you no longer want to lug around.
The artist Jodi Hill said it this way, “She wasn’t where she had been. She wasn’t where she was going…but she was on her way.” And you are on your way — heading into 2011 with increased awareness, a better ability to notice things, an understanding of how to be the Observer “I”, etc.
Picture all these new techniques as tools in your Toolbox of Life — providing you with a diverse selection of resources upon which to draw as you make your way through life. And imagine that as you add these new tools, you are gradually culling out the old habits and reactions that no longer serve you, that are no longer suited to who you are today.
Through this process of adding the new, and discarding the old, you will begin to get a sense of who you are — you are the person who is making these decisions, growing and changing, reaching for the next best version of yourself.
“Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.” (Julius Charles Hare)
We all start right where we are, in this moment, and move forward from here. And we all walk a unique path in life. So you are not behind or off-track — for that is not possible. You are exactly where you are meant to be, and you are perfectly poised for this new year.
I’m wishing you an exciting start to a new year of possibilities…
Share with us what you have chosen to leave behind in 2010 — what qualities, characteristics or behaviors no longer serve you?