This season, many of us are taking time to assess all that transpired last year and how we can make the next year even more powerful than the last.

As you review your life over the last year, do you find that oftentimes you were just going through the motions you’d determined ahead of time in your overbooked and overworked schedule?  Did you feel stressed more often than relaxed… and did you even give yourself permission to relax? 

If you identify with any of these scenarios, then read on for steps for creating YOUR NEXT LEVEL-- at work and in life-- in 2018!

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STEP 1: Notice What Is... and Isn't... Working.

When thinking honestly about your life over the last year, if you identify habits and patterns that you’d rather not repeat, then congratulations!  Having an *awareness* of what is not working is the first step to making a change.  (Developing your awareness is also a powerful aspect of the mindfulness practice, which we'll get to later.)

STEP 2: Transform Your Thinking.

The next step is where it gets fun, and a little Matrix-bending.  You can either move the same things around and hope they work out better for you next year (which is what most do year in and year out)… or you can try a totally new approach.  Albert Einstein’s genius shines through in his statement, “we can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”  Thus, in order to make true change… lasting change… we must develop entirely new ways of thinking about our world and our place in it.

I encourage you to explore methodologies that take you to a new way of experiencing the world entirely.  Yoga and mindfulness practices, for example, have been proven for thousands of years to be effective at changing thought patterns and reprogramming the subconscious mind.  Modern science has also ushered in proof of the benefits.  By practicing mindfulness, for example, different parts of the brain are activated that help to reduce worry and overthinking brought on by the “monkey mind” (see study here). Meditation not only changes thought patterns but even has an impact on the physical structure of the brain (see article here). 

STEP 3: Practice.

Practice, Practice, Practice. Learning the concepts will only take you so far.  The true magic is in the action.   Keep in mind: the practice will only work if you do. 

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So here’s to a brand new year and a brand new start!  If you have any questions about how to start and to make this year your best year yet, reach out!  I would love to work with you.