Well, we’re a good couple months into 2016; how’s it going?  Are you still feeling inspired and motivated toward your goals? Or has the new year’s shine dulled a smidge?  Take a moment and envision the goal you set for 2016, and ask yourself: what will having that do for me?

“What will having that do for me?” is indeed a motivation.  It’s the life you envision possible once this goal is accomplished.  Perhaps it’s a stronger sense of self that gives you the confidence to try out for your church choir.  Perhaps it’s the job of your dreams to feel that daily fulfillment and financial stability.  Perhaps it’s giving those skinny jeans a run for their money.  Perhaps it’s purging and organizing your home or business.  Perhaps it’s accepting a date request?  When you see that life, it conjures a feeling.  Can you describe it?

Much research has been done with people who have achieved their dreams, and what was found to be a common link is that they all mapped out their journey with smaller goals.  Daily or weekly set goals that moved them closer to their larger dream.  Want to be a famous singer? Start with saving up to get a voice coach, and setting aside time to practice.  Many of us are dreamers because there is hope in dreaming.  It’s about holding that hope, while actually taking concrete action, that is the real challenge.

A game I like to play, when I start to feel like I’m just not living my dreams, is to ask myself: where were you at this time last year?  It insists that I acknowledge, and show myself gratitude, for how much I’ve grown.  Sure, I may not be moving at the rate I’d like, which in itself is motivating, but it never fails to prove to me that I am evolving.

Notice that while one area of your life might have made leaps and bounds, there might be another area that is moving at a snail’s pace.  This is not because of opportunity, this is because of fear.  Well, that was blunt.  It’s true, though!  When we truly align ourselves with what we want in this life, the universe conspires to give it to us.   The only thing that stops us is ourselves.  So, if your love life took off, but your career is in the slumps, time to evaluate.  Sometimes, simply asking yourself what it is that you desire can be enough of a catalyst to help change occur.

Deepak Chopra says, “If you want more happiness, joy, and energy, gratitude is clearly a crucial quality to cultivate.  It is a fullness of heart that moves us from limitation and fear to expansion and love.  When we’re appreciating something, our ego moves out of the way and we connect with our soul.  Gratitude brings our attention into the present, which is the only place where miracles can unfold.  The deeper our appreciation, the more we see the eyes of the soul and the more our life flows in harmony with the creative power of the universe.”

So, if you’ve pulled out your 2016 new years goals and they just don’t quite seem to fit anymore, thank them for being a jumping off point and get out your pen.  It’s alright to rewrite your goals midway.  In fact, I think it’s really crucial to continue to refine those goals as we grow and change.  When I went to massage school, I dreamed of being a great massage therapist.  I went on to be the youngest therapist at my alma mater’s clinic.  I then was hired to be an instructor, where I served thousands of students.  I still serve as a mentor to over twenty graduates that I host in my home for continuing education.  I have a booming private practice that allows me to be self-employed.  Once I achieved that, I realized I also wanted to be a great canine therapist.  So, I went through a year of schooling.  I continually take classes to refine my understanding of canine behavior.  I started teaching with the Chicago School of Canine Massage.  I then helped develop a canine massage clinic, where students practice on the public and we raise funds for a different rescue organization each month. I went on to learn Reiki, and I’m currently studying aromatherapy to enhance all of my massages.  You see where I’m going with this?  My desire to be a great massage therapist evolved; my goals changed as I did.

I’d love for you to reflect on your goals, and ask yourself where you were a year ago.  I bet you’ll find yourself swelling with pride by how much you’ve grown.  Hold gratitude for yourself and all of your dreams met, thus far.  

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