Creating a strong foundation for 2009 and for having the life you really want
Much is being said these days about what businesses and entrepreneurs can do to survive this economic downturn. One can apply this same basic thinking to one’s life. Ask yourself what’s working in your life, what’s giving you a sense of satisfaction, and what is not? What can you extrapolate from what’s working and apply it to what’s not working so well? Creating positive rituals is one way to create lasting change.
Positive rituals are powerful on three levels: they help us to insure that we effectively manage energy in service of our mission, they reduce the need to rely on our limited conscious will and disclipline to take action, and they’re a powerful means to put our priorities into action and embody what’s most important to us. Every time we participate in a ritual, we’re expressing our beliefs.
Rituals provide a level of comfort, continuity, and security that frees us to improvise and to take risks. Rituals provide a stable framework in which creative breakthroughs often occur. They can also open up time for recovery and renewal, when relationships can be deepened and spiritual reflection becomes possible. Civilization advances by extending the number of operations which we can perform without thinking about them. A well-defined ritual pulls us rather than requiring us to push ourselves forward.
So, as we wrap up 2008 and look toward 2009, what do you want to take with you, what do you want to leave behind, what do you want to set in motion so that you’ll wind up with a life you love and one that embodies your values? What are three small changes you can make that will have a great effect on your life, your performance, and your satisfaction? Put one in place, do it regularly, as you define it, for a month. Keep doing that one as you add the next one and do it regularly for the next month. Continue the process till you’ve got the life you want. Need some support? Get an accountability partner or a coach. Good luck!