Back to that self-image, as long as we see ourselves how we have always seen ourselves, we will continue to think and to act as we have always thought and acted. If we want to behave differently, we have to grow our mind. Repeat after me: I am the most dynamic and extraordinary of all of God's creation! Try this one on for size: Who I have seen myself to be has served me well, until now. This image no longer fits me, and I am growing. I AM growing.
How are we growing? Using myself as an example, my leading phrase for 2017 is "If not now, when?" I decided on this phrase, because I have a habit of feeling overwhelmed by the numerous ideas and projects that I come up with then put off out of fear. This may have served me in the past but no longer. Now, I am growing more bold. I am growing more focused. I am the most dynamic and extraordinary of all God's creations, and I am becoming a newer version of me. That is what I am saying to myself.
What are you saying? How are you growing?
If you want to see more simplicity and organization in your life -- it doesn't necessarily start with organizing. It doesn't even start with us helping you. It starts in your mind.
OLD THOUGHT: "I wish I wasn't so busy, I would have more time to organize, to think..."
NEW THOUGHT: "I am growing in knowing my own boundaries. I'm growing, and it is helpful to delegate. I have good thoughts and ideas."
OLD THOUGHT: "I am just not an organized person."
NEW THOUGHT: "I am growing, and I accept myself just as I am, right now. I am also growing in my skill to organize. I can learn anything."
OLD THOUGHT: "I don't know how to organize. I don't know where to start."
NEW THOUGHT: "I am growing. I am competent, capable and amazing. So, I am growing in my skill to organize. I can ask for help. I can do this."
OTHER NEW THOUGHTS:
"I am growing in patience with myself and others."
"I am more flexible than ever."
"I am growing in boldness."
"I am growing. I can start. I can try. I am more energized than ever."
Let us start here, seeing ourselves with the knowledge that we are growing. By March, instead of finding a resolution list taunting us with failure, we will see a new image in the mirror celebrating its confidence and beauty and tackling life's goals and challenges.
Rest assured, new challenges will come along. New goals will need to be set. Thankfully, these won't be as scary, overwhelming, or hard, because we will have cast off our old garments, our old ways, and grown to fit the new ways required to climb these mountains. Our January self learned to grow. Our January self learned that any new challenge simply requires a new wardrobe of thoughts.
I am so proud of you! It is difficult to face the inner self. It is easier to try and fix external things. But, you are growing, and now it is time. It is time because you are reading this. "If not now, when?" You have got this, so go on; give it a go. One small step. See you later this year!
"Success is a progressive realization of a worthy ideal." -- Earl Nightingale
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