Perhaps it's cliche or maybe it's intentional but as we near the end of one year - I cannot help but spend time reflecting on what was accomplished in the span of 365 days and look forward to what the next revolution around the sun will bring.
Last night, as I lay in bed letting my hungry mind be at rest, I pressed play on my app called CALM for my daily dose of meditation and mindfulness. Each day brings a new intention or theme, and it was relevant that it so happened to be about 'reinvention'.
Reinvention can occur at any time by making a choice. The soothing voice stated that by reinventing our day, we simply had to change our routine.
The monotony of our drive in can be shifted by taking a scenic route; instead of working out in the afternoon we can workout in the morning; writing in a gratitude journal everyday can allow for more focus.
What I took away most from the 10 minute session was that living in the present is really all that we can do to be successful and fulfilled. We can chase what has yet to be, or live in our past accomplishments yearning for what was...
Or - what if everytime we said "I'll start tomorrow" we actually did it right now. Seems impossible - or at least improbable? Ask yourself WHY not?
Just stay with me here for a moment...
Regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs, this life that we are in right now in the physical form is the only one that we are currently experiencing consciously. Why do we squander it at times by filling it with trivial daily activities that do not provide fulfillment, aren't aligned with our true passions or in pursuit of our purpose?
You don't need to know the answer to that, but often it's associated with fear or with doubt. The fear of failure (or is it the fear of success?), the doubt of one's ability to actually manifest the big dreams, the fear of embarrassment, or letting others down, or the 'imposter syndrome'.
I'm not an expert in life coaching, nor am I a psychologist or a guru. I'm a woman who continues to try and relentless to give up my BIG dreams. I have failed, I have self-sabotaged, I have given into my fears and into the notion that I'm not worthy, or I can't do it, or I don't have time, or I don't have money...
SO WHAT? What else is possible?
By stepping INTO your fears and out of your comfort zone, you can expand it. Don't have money right now? Will it into being - find new ways to use your talents and to come across with genuine intention and the money will flow. Be patient, but be resolute.
The single most important aspect of your success - in my opinion - is cultivating and maintaining a healthy mindset FIRST. Cancel out your doubts and replace them with hope, with inspired action and with belief in yourself. An exercise in positivity can be as simple as writing out all your accomplishments starting with as far back as you can remember - no matter how small.
When I was 8 years old, I was selected to read a Robert Munch story in front of the entire school.
What, in retrospect, could be deemed a little blip on the radar of life actually translates to the start of my ability to be comfortable in front of large audiences and a public speaker. Thank You 8 year old self for having the courage to step outside your comfort zone. No one laughed at me then (even though I was terrified and made mistakes), and no one will laugh at you now.