Celebrate 2018: How To Maximize The New Year

The Road Ahead: What Will You Do Differently This Year To Celebrate and Succeed?

Changing the way things are done can bring opportunities for great celebratory success yet physical and emotional reactions to change can be scary and irrational, resulting in “failures”, a decrease in quality and a loss of production.


It’s tempting to give in to those anxieties by doing what’s always been done, however, priming the pump to have a better year always involves some form of adjustment to free up the time, money and energy to tackle new opportunities.

How do you decide what changes are the most important ones to make?

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What personal and business tolerations interfered with personal and work progress? Tolerations are a good indication of issues in need of resolution.
  2. Were last year’s goals reached? Why or why not? How will those obstacles be addressed? Setting new goals without having evaluated the previous year’s goals can result in a cycle of substandard results.
  3. What fiscally responsible goal (making more money, collaborating, creating new products/services, improved marketing strategy, etc.) will also be fun? 
All work and no play make Jack a dull (and bored) boy, as the saying goes.


What do you need to change to celebrate a better year?

Choose passion over profit. Connect to your bigger purpose in life, work and business and the rewards will flow effortlessly. Passionate people attract success.

Higher learning. Technology changes fast. Staying on top of what’s working now is only half the battle. Discovering what’s up and coming and leveraging that knowledge is the key to an exceptional year.

Celebrate success. Acknowledging and rewarding success keeps everyone motivated. Mark those mini-milestones with celebration and recognition!

Add, don’t subtract. When repeat clients stop buying your products or services, something needs to change. Instead of cutting prices, add value instead–bundle existing services/products, add bonuses or create new offerings.

What are your blind spots?

Every driver has blind spots. That’s what rear-view mirrors are for. Blind spots in the work and business environment can be harder to identify. How does a person avert disaster in a work environment without the benefit of mirrors?

Ask around. Getting honest feedback from clients, customers and service providers can be as uncomfortable as it is invaluable. Do it anyway.

Seek professional help. Getting an objective outsiders opinion can help you see what is going well or not.

Coffee time. Chat up a colleague and encourage them to share their observations about what you are doing well and what needs improvement. Sometimes what needs to change is missed because it is so “obvious.”

Mantra Yourself: Creating a mindset of intention is key for setting the stage of routine and energetic flow. Here are some examples to get the juices flowing

Moving into the New Year doesn’t have to be a scary proposition. Having a clear sense of what’s ahead can circumvent failure and create a successful year.

“Hack” Into Your Own Brainpower To Visualize the Future You Want

 See It, Do It, Believe It!

Much like a computer responds to commands, your brain can be programmed to accept any changes you might want to make in your life. You can visualize the future you want. However, many of your current behaviors stem from unconstructive programming you received as a child that may stand in the way of change.

Dr. Maxwell Maltz, in his book Psycho-Cybernetics, published in 1960, says, “Beliefs about ourselves have unconsciously been formed from our past experiences … especially in early childhood.” So keep in mind, when you want to change a particular habit or belief, that the unwanted behavior was built on patterns developed over time.

In this classic book, Dr, Maltz introduced the idea of a mind-body connection and that positive outcomes are achieved through changing our attitudes. Here are some simple steps that can help you overcome self-sabotaging tendencies, much like installing new software into the computer of your mind.

Julia Bowlin, M.D. - Brainpower To Visualize the Future

Identify the issue. Write down everything you know about the habit, such as when it started and why. Be as detailed and truthful as possible because it’s hard to change what you don’t acknowledge. And list all the reasons you want to change. According to Dr. Maltz, “Change the self-image and you change the personality.”

Set realistic goals. If you want to lose weight, for instance, simply saying, “I want to lose a few pounds” is not enough to bring about lasting change. However, if you state “I will lose 10 pounds before my birthday” then your mind has a distinct path to follow. And make sure your goal is both realistic and attainable so that you set yourself up for success.

What You Mind DOES Matter

Use “creative visualization.” Using your imagination to picture how you want to behave gives you a huge edge in overcoming unwanted habits, because the subconscious mind sees in images. For example, as you recall what you had for breakfast, do you picture the words “I ate scrambled eggs,” or do you see scrambled eggs on a plate? So “see” yourself as having accomplished your goal.

Act “as if” you have achieved your goal. Imagining you have already accomplished your goal goes a long way toward actually achieving it. For instance, someone 10 pounds lighter may exercise more or be more confident, so if you already act as if you weigh less, you will automatically start moving more and feeling better about yourself.

Use positive affirmations. Power words or phrases spoken as if you mean it keep you motivated and help you turn negative programming into positive change. And the great news is: according to many experts, including Maltz, it usually takes only 21 days to effect change in our self-concept. So you are just 21 days away from achieving your goal from the day you start!

Reward yourself. Don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back for every positive step you make towards achieving your new goal. It’s important to reward yourself with something that will make you feel good about yourself and to “imprint” your newly forming positive habit.

According to Maltz, the brain itself is simply a “goal-striving mechanism” that operates very much like a computer. Your mind is the software that makes you uniquely you. Following the steps offered above is a means of “hacking into” your brain, changing the programming and creating the life of your dreams.

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How Does Shame Rule Your Life?

The Key to Openly Connect and Feel Worthy While Embracing Vulnerability

Brené Brown’s Ted Talk on vulnerability and shame was amazing and rings true with me because of my own personal life journey. Please watch if you have EVER felt isolated, unloveable, not good enough. Have you struggled with emotional chains such as HATE, SHAME, BLAME, FEAR, and REGRET?  Brené truly nails it on the head, as a result, can open your eyes to new thought processes. Learn more about self help on my website and get connected.  We all deserve to have connections with people for support and to cheer us on while honoring our individual frailties.  Take the time to further your personal growth. Participate in adult education by taking courses online or at local events and colleges. You can become comfortable in you skin, treat yourself with kindness, and learn how to love, honor, and cherish yourself forever after!


The power of her presentation, because of her conversational tone and real authentic personality, shows us how our past perceptions can really hinder or present day quality of life. Please take the time to reflect on her talk and how you can change and grow as a result.