Every day you make progress. But what direction is your progress heading in? Millions of people throughout the world designate New Year’s Day as the day for moving in the right direction. Truth be told, the right direction can begin at any time. You only need to decide who you want to be and be that person.
Here are six ways for creating a “new you” any time of the year:
Define Your Authentic Self
Who are you? Most people define themselves by their work, social station or daily roles. “I am a mother…I am vice president of…I am married…” These titles may or may not accurately represent your authentic self, or the person you were born to be. Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw says your authentic self too often takes a back seat to your fictional self, or the side of you who conforms to the world’s expectations. McGraw says relying on the fictional self is like relying on a “broken compass.” You can begin your authentic self-journey by asking yourself “what really matters to me?”
Understand Your Power
The everyday people you pass on the streets, in markets and in your home are the most interesting characters you will ever meet. According to intuitive healer Carolyn Myss, within them you are archetypes, or manifestations of personal power. Common archetypes include healers, rescuers, teachers, prima donnas, manipulators, damsels, heroes and the inner child. To get a grip on your personal power, get to know what archetypes you use daily.
Falsehoods are the baggage we carry that keep us from walking that extra step toward our goals and dreams. Falsehoods can be self-perceptions, a lack of self-esteem, the opinions of others, false friends and even physical circumstances. Psychology Today lists self-sabotage as a prime falsehood, particularly when we reinforce our fears to escape potential failure or discomfort.
Leave Room for Failure
Things do not always work out the way that we planned, hoped or dreamed they would. To be successful all of the time, you would have to possess the ability to calculate the steps of everyone in the world; things are just that interconnected. Failure hurts, but it may also represent a compass in your life redirecting you to where you really need to be or serving a higher purpose that you may never know.
Be Open to Signs
Knowledge is not only found in words, but in events. New age energy healers say that a sacred contract exists between you and everyone and everything you meet in life. This makes sense when considering how big the world is in relation to how many people you will actually meet in your lifetime! The next time you’re in a market aisle use your senses to experience the people around you. You may hear or see a message meant entirely for you or someone you love.
Surround Yourself with “Likeness”
You can tell a lot about a person’s life by the company they keep. This company can include negative thoughts, patterns or ideas and sometimes people who have dissimilar values and beliefs. Newton’s law of attraction says the more you conjure the best version of life you can fathom, the more people and situations will be presented for you to make it a reality. Judge your ideas, actions and the people in your life by how they make you feel. Some may have to go in order for you to be who you are meant to be.
What’s your New Year’s resolution?