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Motivation by Inspiration

A new year has begun for us. I always asked myself and wondered what makes New Year’s Day so special? It seems it has become somewhat of a tradition to lament over the year passed as we try to cleanse our experience from it. We race against time to try to be better than what we perceived ourselves to be before; yet, we neglect to remember the courage and strength that got us to this point to begin with. Why do we choose to view a whole year gone by as an enemy rather than our ally? And, what if we decided to claim the greater experience and learning potentials that got us to the beginning of this year? What if New Year’s Day became a conscious reflective point in time to review all of our efforts and progress thus far? Then we would not just be celebrating a new year but we would be rejoicing, integrating and confirming our greatness. Now that certainly would make the new year very special, indeed!

A conscious interaction with everyday life as an ally is a way to generate pure and positive energy for yourself and for those things most important to you. The definition of ally is: “to combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit. It is to merge, join or fuse.” Isn’t that what we do with our life anyway? We merge with the interactions of life and our life becomes a source of personal energy affecting each day we live. Each day presents a new opportunity to reinstate new action, new behaviors, new thoughts and responses. To be conscious of this is a true gift or the “newness” we seek at the beginning of each year. Why not make that awareness potent every day?

It became clear to me that everyday life is a resource, and the most valuable commodity in the world is time. So, perhaps New Year’s Day can be a celebration in how we utilized our precious time and inner life resources to consciously move us ahead.

Time is precious. Rather than resolving a whole year into what you want to change or fix, choose to celebrate the full value of who you are now! Look over your past year and acknowledge the time spent in cultivating yourself to better utilize your inner resources with more wisdom and without the judgement or comparison. This simple shift sets you up for “motivation by inspiration,” rather than a false startup. You have already begun a new year in the right alignment by taking the time to practice giving your energy and gratitude to your abilities in those things that helped you to overcome obstacles,

So, whether it’s having the courage to walk away from a dissatisfying relationship, asserting your strength to continue on your healing path, or busting through barriers little-by-little until you see some fruit on the table, take the time to “self-realize so you can “self-actualize your inner vision going forward. Then sit back and relax as you witness how fast you can blaze your path ahead!

Discovery Exercise: Create a Victory Log! Get yourself a container and over this new year write down on a separate piece of paper every milestone, small or great, and place it in your container. When the new year comes around next year, let that container be your Victory reminder, your gift, and your Motivation by Inspiration! Remember, success can be fleeting if we don’t take the time to celebrate it, so start today. Happy New Year!

~ Jennifer Circosta, AFSI Blogger, Health and Wellness Coach

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