By Jennie Lucas
The calendar has at last turned on a challenging year. It’s the chance for a fresh start. What is the secret dream of your heart? What would you change? Who do you want to be?
It’s never too late to be what you might have been.—George Eliot
2009 can be your year. Whatever you dream of, it’s time to start working towards it. Whether you long to change careers, meet new people, learn new skills--to finish your book or keep on a budget or wear a bikini without fear--don’t put it off for another day!
Take ten minutes before you go to bed tonight and do one small thing towards your dream. Interview someone who has the career you want. Write for ten timed minutes. Jog around the block or join a class at the local community college. Don’t be scared. Do it! What you think is hard might be easy. You’ll wonder what held you back so long!
Tomorrow—work towards your dream for eleven minutes. The next day, twelve. If you work at it each day a bit more than the previous day—no matter what the goal is—you will inexorably move towards your dream. You are an unstoppable force.
Where you end up isn't the most important thing. It's the road you take to get there. The road you take is what you'll look back on and call your life.—Tim Wiley
The end result might not be exactly how you envisioned. But working towards your vision can create new success in your life in a way you never imagined. The universe might have something even better in mind for you than you have for yourself.
Be open to the possibilites. Be grateful for your talents and opportunities and strengths.
Optimistic thoughts create optimistic actions. The reverse is also true, as any dieter can attest. Thinking “I’m so fat, I’ll never lose this weight, why bother?” can drive a dieter straight to cake. Thinking, “I’m doing great, I’m powerful and strong, I can do this!” can drive her straight to the treadmill. Thoughts are powerful. Let them help you.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.—Goethe
2009 can be your year.
Believe in yourself. Think positive. Be hopeful. Be grateful. Most of all: get to work!
I know you can do it. And I hope I can, too.
With all the warmest hopes and wishes for a happy year.