Happy New Year Everyone! Are you ready for a fresh start? If you’re like most people, you probably have aspects of your life that you wish could be different.
It’s a good practice to check in with yourself on a regular basis. The beginning of a new year is a perfect opportunity to take stock of your life, though it doesn’t have to be the only time you do this. Think about making improvements that will enhance your life throughout the year. What will make you feel better about yourself and your life circumstances?
Trying something new or moving out of a comfort zone is scary, and we can easily convince ourselves that it just isn’t the right time to make a change. The truth is that there will never be a “perfect” time to make all the changes that will make us happy. The key is to start where you are, and decide what you want, regardless of what else is going on in your life.
I know that change can be overwhelming for highly sensitive people, but that doesn’t have to keep you from what you want. When you’re clear on your goal, have a strong desire to succeed, and arm yourself with a concrete plan, you can utilize your HSP traits, such as intuition, creativity, and common sense, to fuel your energy and conquer any roadblock that comes up.
It also helps to have a solid support system. This is important because you’ll need encouragement when your motivation lessens and accountability for your actions or lack thereof. When I struggled with finishing my book, Making Sense of Your High Sensitivity, I relied on a SUCCESS TEAM, a concept I learned from author, career counselor, and motivational speaker, Barbara Sher. According to Sher,
A SUCCESS TEAM usually has 5-6 members who meet every week for 8 consecutive weeks. It will help you figure out what you want, and design a plan of action to get it. It will get you information, contacts and support week after week.
Thanks in part to my SUCCESS TEAM, I was able to take small steps over a period of time in order to complete my book. Having to report my progress and getting feedback from others helped me stay on track.
Rather than putting things off or waiting for a crisis to come up that forces you to change, why not take steps right now? If you take a proactive rather than a reactive approach to life, you will feel much more in control of your destiny.
You deserve happiness! You deserve to live the life you want! This is worth repeating…One of the reasons people don’t think about making their lives better is because they feel that they don’t deserve it. You do deserve it! Don’t let anyone, including the voice in your head, talk you out of improving yourself!
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Can I make my own happiness a priority? Am I willing to commit the time necessary to decide what I want, both short and long term?
- Do I have dreams that I’ve put on hold, again and again? What holds me back?
- How can I motivate myself to go after what I want?
- Who can I partner up with, to give and get support, in order to manifest my dreams?
- What small actions steps can I take RIGHT NOW to put me on my right path?
I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.
My next regular blog post on Wednesday, January 9th, will address an important priority that I have.