As 2016 comes to a close and we begin to reflect on our achievements this year, maybe you find yourself at a stand-still. Often, we get ourselves into a routine and just keep going, despite an inner knowing that we might want to change our lives in some way.
So we get up every day at the sound of the alarm, get dressed and go back to work, even if it’s a job we don’t find fulfilling, that is not aligned with our values or where we are not recognized for our contributions. Or maybe we love our jobs, but our lives are still missing something. Why don’t we address these problems?
Because change is hard. Change requires self-reflection, recognition that we aren’t where we want to be in our lives and courageousness and creativity to take action. Daily work life can be drudgery, particularly if you are not pursing your passion. And we all get tired from our constant state of busyness that has become necessary in a digital age. We are just plain too tired.
But is this any way to live your life? Do you want to wake up 10 years from now in the same place, looking back and wondering where did the time go? What have I done with all of those years?
No. You do not! You want to re-evaluate your life now, reconnect with your childhood dreams and the things that bring you joy. You must not wait. Because you might not get 10 years. You might only get 6 months. And you feel something stirring inside you that longs to be free.
Set it free! What is it that you are feeling?
Is it a passion you have that you wish you could pursue as a career? Is it the desire to travel to India, go to culinary school or find a relationship to share your life with someone?
Are you stressed out and feeling burnout in your job and you know you can’t go on like this forever?
Is your health suffering such that you are spending more and more time at the doctor’s office? What is your body trying to tell you?
These are all really good questions. And you need to answer them, so you don’t get stuck in a space that does not bring you alive. You want to transition into a new version of you and fully embrace the next stage of your journey in a healthy and vibrant way.
Take a hard look at your life. Spend some time in nature to clear your head and make room for something new.
Start to reflect on 2017 now and what you will do to change your life for the better. Make 2017 the year you stepped boldly into your new life and answered the call that has been nagging at you for a while now.
You have what it takes within you. You have a champion inside you that can guide you forward. You just need to locate him/her and listen. Don’t let another year go by living anything less than your true, authentic and whole self.
Let’s toast to who you will become in 2017, so you can look back in 2018 and celebrate!