#Lighttheworld – New Year’s Resolutions

     All over the world, people are deciding what their New Year’s Resolutions will look like for 2021. Many of them may be a little leery after their resolutions for 20/20 focus in 2020.
     I have often heard the phrase, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it!” And while the words may invoke warm, fuzzy feelings of invincibility, there is little truth in them. You see, dreams are simply figments of imagination that may never see the light of day.
     The problem isn’t with the dream, however. The problem is that a dream never written never becomes a goal, and without a written goal, dreams, more often than not, disappear with the next whim, the next wish, the next wind shift.
     Setting your New Year’s Resolutions and being able to stick with them long enough to see some success takes dreaming, and then writing those dreams. After that, it’s all about steps.
     Under each resolution, make a list of one through ten. After each of those numbers, write a step that must be taken to achieve the resolution. Make another list of one through ten and write those things that might hinder your progress.
     Do this for each of your resolutions. When you are finished, place your list with their steps someplace you will see them for review every day. If you take these steps, I promise you will see progress this year, no matter what 2021 brings.
    And remember, you aren’t tied to only those resolutions made at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. As you achieve one resolution, write another one, along with steps, and get to work.
    The next time you hear someone say, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it,” tell them, “Don’t you believe it!” Then explain that it begins with a dream. The dream is followed by taking the action of writing it. Next come the steps that must be taken. Once each step is taken, achievement can be reached.
    I love teaching this concept to students, young adults, and baby boomers at workshops and retreats. If your group is interested, email me at charlene@charlenepaul.com.
Happy New Year!

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