By: Jacqui Neurauter
"You have a choice to live more aligned with the real you and what your soul is calling you to do, or stay on the same course as before.
In the words of Jane Goodall, 'You make a difference every day. You matter and life is important.' It's never too late to make a life course correction or even move in a whole new direction and make a difference in your small part of the world.
Doing the inner work frees you to live a fuller and more meaningful life.
You discover that your inner truth can help you make wise choices in each endeavor as you plan for the year ahead or enter a new life phase.
Sit quietly by the fire and have a brainstorming session with yourself, particularly reflecting over the last decade. Make a list of unfulfilled dreams and goals. Play with them as though they were friends, and see if any aspect of them would still like to be fulfilled and how that might be accomplished. Listen and let them teach you lessons and new ways of showing up in the future. Write down the inner responses you hear. This will provide good soil for later actions.
When did you feel confident, brilliant, intuitive, playful, or something equally empowering? Let your inner guide help you create a list of authentic feelings.
What would you like to accomplish over the next 10 years? What would you like to be doing, with whom, and where? If you don't have a clear picture, then make a list of how you want to feel on whatever path life takes you. How do you want to be engaged?
You may want flexibility, spontaneity, and variety to feed your spirit.
Sort through all your reflections for clues of what you need to do to satisfy your dreams of how you want to experience life. Creating space for fulfilling your dreams and goals is essential. Think about what you need to change or let go of in your lifestyle, how you work, where you make commitments, and how you feed your spirit. How can you make better use of your time? Are you seeking a healthier lifestyle?
Now you are ready to decide what you need to do or how you want to live in the coming year. Your soul's calling for what you want to accomplish in the coming year. Create a phrase, like an affirmation or mantra, to describe the essence. They may be:
'I find passion and meaning in life-and celebrate the Real Me!'
'I care for my spirit with healthy eating and yoga practice.'
'Everyday I find meaning and love in my life.'
Start and end your day with this phrase and think of it periodically during the day, especially when handling challenges, to help you stay focused on your dreams and goals.
Let this year be the time you choose to start anew. You have a clean slate to make a fresh start. You are the inventor of your life. What do you aspire to this year? May it be true to the real you!"