Being busy does not always mean real work.
The object of all work is production or accomplishment and
to either of these ends there must be
forethought, system, planning, intelligence,
and honest purpose, as well as perspiration.
Seeming to do is not doing.
– Thomas A. Edison
Here we are at the end of 2015. Before you move into 2016, I want you to have 6 of my 12 monthly tips that will help you have a new year of Magic! Enjoy!
Write down your goal as soon as possible. The sooner you create an outline for the rest of the year, the sooner you will start achieving the happiness and success you envision. To get you started, here are 12 categories to use in organizing your vision of the future:
3. Personal Development/Education
10. World Situation/Environment
11. Intuition/Sixth Sense
12. Philosophy of Life/Worldview
George Bernard Shaw said: “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” Here’s your chance to create any future you desire.
Write down your 10 closest friends. Now look at the list. Jim Rohn said: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I’ll give you 10 to play with. Not only are you the average of those 10 people, I’ll bet there’s one of them who is the least successful and least happy of the others. Chances are that you (and likely all the others on your list) are making concessions, excuses, and being held back by this one person. The fact remains that if you want to change your life, you need to start changing the people you are around. That does not always mean you need to leave them behind. It does mean that you need to start teaching people how to treat you. Now is the time to make a commitment to either find more empowering and supportive people to be around or help your current list of friends to move with you to a higher level of attainment.
Start an exercise ritual. I did not say “think about” an exercise ritual. I said “start” one. Having a magnificent vision of the future will do you little good if you’re either not around to enjoy it or you’re too sick to relish what you create. President John F. Kennedy said: “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” Consider all the fun and exciting and adventuresome ways you can get yourself into shape and stay fit. At the very least, go back over my book where I explain my personal Walking Meditation routine. The sooner you start your fitness habit, the sooner you will begin to feel better. And the sooner you start to feel better, the sooner you will be able to focus on the success and happiness you deserve.
Design a better way to spend your time. How much time do you spend in front of the television? How much time do you spend on social media? How much time do you spend in the car? Charles Darwin said: “A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.” Take the “time” to figure out how you’re wasting heartbeats on certain activities and certain people. Then vow to change that pattern. Perhaps, if you spend a lot of time in the car or commuting, you can put articles or books or other material on your phone or digital player and listen while driving or being driven. Perhaps you can dedicate yourself to turning your attention and activity to those events that empower you, fill you with happiness, or bring love into your life. Perhaps you can start giving your time and energy and attention to others (and then watch the Magic that really happens).
Reevaluate your financial strategy. Having a strategic approach to money involves sitting down and working out a plan of action. Far too many people let hunches and whims and fear drive their financial status. What does retirement look like for you from a money standpoint? You’re already running out of time to save the money you need to retire safely. Of course, this means you have to take the time to determine what your overall financial and retirement aims are. Most people don’t know. There are all types of financial calculators available online to help you plan. Your bank or other financial institution likely has a financial planner who can assist you. Revising your financial strategy might also mean that you’re going to have to adjust your monthly spending. It was Benjamin Franklin who so astutely noted: “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” Go ahead. Tighten your belt a little. It could pay off dividends (literally) in the future.
Go for it! Take this entire month and actually give everything that’s worth your time, your attention, your energy, and your money your ALL! Obsess over the details. Live each second like it’s the most important thing of all. Start treating your life like every moment is the defining moment that everyone will remember about you. It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who wrote: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” What can you do so that every day this month is the best day of the year? This all begins, of course, with you figuring out what you love to do and bringing that desire and passion and lust to everything you’re doing and everyone you want to be with.
Well there you have it! Magical suggestions for the first half of 2016. Next week, I will give you the remaining 6 months to consider. Until then, have an enchanting start to the New Year!
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