It is that time of the year when we begin to think of the holidays. Typically, this is the time when we may choose to begin our “wind down,” to prepare for the holidays and perhaps throttle back. I am going to take a well-deserved vacation – you may say. Perhaps, even if we do not choose to take the time off, we may, although temporarily “quit in place.” This is the state in which we may be present in the body in a place or situation, yet, we may not be present in mind and consciousness.
Let me offer you some points you may consider to focus on during these coming weeks;
Assess where you have been this year, and where you are going-
- While this may sound like a New Year’s resolution, it’s not exactly that. Review your direction and intent for this year and see how where you are may be the point of departure to where you want to go. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there and you will not know if and when you get there.” Ask yourself a couple of questions:
- Of the goals that I set for myself, did I achieve these? Am I in the process of completing these?
- Based on where I am, where would I like to be next year? You have heard me say that what you focus on expands. Well, focus on setting goals for the next year. Visualize them, see them and focus on them.
The last quarter can determine the first quarter results-
- How do I employ the time that I have in the next several weeks? The months of the last quarter can be very important to position your success for the first months of the coming year. Preparation in keeping in touch with clients, relationships; positioning products or initiatives that you want to launch in the first months of next year.
The yourself of the future write a letter to the self of today-
- Date this letter on December 31, 2019. In this letter tell the self of today what you have accomplished during the year of 2019 and how you have triumphed in the process. Tell yourself of today, how you feel about having completed the vacation you have dreamed about, or writing that book, or making that big purchase etc. make it “fulfilling.”
Make a commitment as to the direction you are to take in this coming year-
- The power of intention and vision is remarkable. Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe, a prolific 19th-century German writer, and statesman wrote a poem about the power of decision and commitment. Take a moment and read this, and see how it may speak to you;
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative and creation,
there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which
kills countless ideas and splendid plans;
The moment one definitely commits oneself,
then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one
that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and
meetings and material assistance which no man or woman
could ever have dreamed would come his or her way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magi in it. Begin it now.”
Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe
If that is perhaps too much to remember or digest, here is my interpretation of the same powerful message by Van Goethe;
So, where have you been, and where are you going? These are the questions that this time of year should perhaps occupy our minds and visions. It is all about mindset, “before a finger is lifted in pursuit of any endeavor, the outcome is predetermined” It is through mindset and intent that we can predict the future by creating it today.