In my work with hundreds of clients over the past 25 years, I've noticed that, without exception, how you feel about your future, and how you launch your new initiatives, can dramatically impact your future results.
It’s all based in energy. Your energy.
So, here we are. Early into 2016. And I’m looking forward with excitement! That’s MY energy around any new and fresh starts.
Personally, I love new beginnings. They provide infinite possibility, opportunity to explore, redefine and start fresh. Pretty much anything new inspires me, whether it be a new environment, a new journal, a new day or a new opportunity. The untapped potential therein is limitless, and when harnessed and nurtured, it can be remarkable.
And, for whatever reason, this is how I feel at the beginning of every year. I can’t wait to see what we create and what’s in store for us! It’s always an exciting time for me, full of positive anticipation.
But that’s not the case for everyone. New beginnings are often fraught with emotion. Everyone has their own unique relationship with fresh starts, and it’s a really good idea to have a clear idea of how fresh starts look and feel for you.
In your case, take a moment to look ahead, and think about what’s possible and what’s probable for you this year. How does it feel to you? Have you come into 2016 feeling that it would be stressful? Discouraging? Same old? Inspiring? Exciting? Where do you land on the spectrum?
This is what I mean when I say that it’s all based in energy. More specifically, it’s the momentum this energy generates. And it will determine YOUR momentum for the year ahead!
Momentum is a powerful force and one that deserves respect.
As Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. said so eloquently:
“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.”
Momentum accelerates and magnifies your results … in whatever direction you are moving.
In other words, it really, really matters how you feel about your business going forward!
If you feel excited and confident about your business, what do you think the upcoming year has in store for you?
If you feel tentative and skeptical about your business, how do you think the next 12 months will roll out?
If you believe that you’ve got to engage in hard, back-breaking work, what kind of work will you seek and create for yourself?
If you believe that work is fun, uplifting and profitable, what opportunities will you attract and contract this year?
With these insights, here are 5 steps to ignite positive momentum and get it really working for you:
1. Review your past wins.
List all the memorable things that you accomplished in the last 12 months. Big and small. Everything counts! Once you see it all compiled together, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that you’ve done more than you remember! Momentum is already on your side.
2. Give your work a purpose.
Reconnect with what is truly important about your work. Define how it impacts others and positively contributes to the greater good.
3. Connect with your tribe.
Reconnect with inspiring relationships that motivate you and support your personal growth. You can’t do it alone.
4. Set goosebump-worthy goals.
Focus your energy on achieving meaningful, fulfilling and realistic results. If you don’t feel emotionally engaged by your goals and wins, then keep refining them until you do. Positive momentum thrives on positive emotion!
5. Take action.
Humans are born to move things forward. It’s in our blood. Stop resisting and, as Nike’s slogan says, “Just Do It!” Momentum builds with action.
On that note, I hope you settle into 2016 with enthusiasm and an abundance of positive momentum that continues to serve you throughout the many years to come.
To your success, differently!