“2017 is going to be a great year! It’ll be amazing and everything is going to be fabulous!”
The challenge for a lot of people, though, is keeping up the energy of possibility.
For example, last week, my gym was packed with people exercising and sweating into their new year’s resolutions to be fit and healthy. I had to wait to get on a treadmill.
This week, I had a few treadmills to choose from. The crowd had thinned out quite a bit.
It’s not that people don’t want to get fit and healthy.
It’s that making dramatic changes to your life often rubs up against how you’ve been used to living your life.
So what can you do to raise and keep up the energy of possibility in your life in 2017?
Here are three questions that can help.
1. What is your dream for 2017?
You can focus on a particular area of your life, like your health, relationships, career, finances, your home, travel, or your personal growth, or you can leave it open to see what comes up. Write it out. Give yourself the space to dream of possibilities.
2. As you think about your dream, what is exciting to you about this?
If you’re dreaming of a trip to Spain, for example, ask yourself what is exciting to you about taking that trip.
Or if you’re imagining the possibility of being in a loving romantic relationship, what about it is inspiring to you? Really take the time to delve into your big “why.”
Why do you want to do that? Why do you want to have that? What does your dream give you?
And here's something to watch for: If you're dream doesn't excite you, then it might not be your dream. It might be someone else's dream that you've taken on as your own.
3. For those dreams that excite you, what is one small thing you can do that gets you closer to that dream?
If you’ve been wanting to live a more healthy lifestyle, you don’t need to register for a 26.2 mile marathon if you’ve never run before. You can always start small.
Maybe this week it’s asking a friend to go on a nature hike with you this weekend. Or perhaps it’s choosing to eat something green and leafy.
After you take that first small step, celebrate that you did something different, and especially something that is getting you closer to your dreams. Then ask, what’s another small step you can take, and go and do that.
One of the best ways to keep up the energy of your dreams is to figure out a way to have your dreams at the forefront of your mind. One of my favorite ways to do that is by creating a vision board. (You can read more about vision boards on my blog post.)
For your coaching assignment this week, take some time to contemplate and answer these questions. Inside you is a dream that is wanting to express. Are you taking the time to listen?
How will you honor your dreams today?
I’d love to hear how you're thinking about your dreams and keeping up the energy of possibility in 2017. Please leave a comment below.
Last week, I led an amazing standing-room-only workshop called "Visioning Your Best 2017." I’ll be leading this same workshop again to a sold out crowd tonight. I’ll be recording this workshop as a webinar to make it available to those of you who couldn’t make it. If you’d like to get notified of this webinar and get a special discount, please fill out this form here.