It can be hard to believe amidst the holiday hustle and bustle that 2014 is actually here. Rather than merely hope 2014 comes through for you, seize the opportunity to make January a beautiful, miraculous month — the month you Reignite Your Life!
How long have you been living a life that’s almost — but not quite — the one you dream about? So many of us spend years (or decades) longing to live a more fulfilling, exciting, and authentic life. But old patterns and fearful beliefs hold us back.
It’s time to stop dancing around the perimeter of the person you are here to be. Dive in fully and completely! Follow my 14 ways to make 2014 miraculous and kick off the New Year with powerful energy and enthusiasm.
Tip 1. Be willing to change
Your willingness is crucial in maintaining and sustaining long-lasting change. The key to making resolutions stick is to choose something that you really want to change! Your resolution won’t stick if you don’t REALLY want it. Rate your resolution on a scale of 1 – 10 (10 means you really want it). If you’re under 5 maybe reconsider the resolution for another year.
Tip 2. Find a resolution running buddy
When you make a commitment to yourself and another person you’re more likely to stick to the plan. Find a friend who wants to be your resolution running buddy. You can support each other on your path. It’s really helpful if you share the same resolution and work together to maintain the positive change.
3. Say nice things to yourself. You’re the only one listening
Sometimes the biggest bully you know is you. This New Year become aware of the unkind ways you speak to yourself.
Your thoughts speak louder than words and it’s time clean them up and use them wisely. Pay close attention to the negative thoughts you repeat over and over. Then do your best to re-frame those thoughts in an empowering way. For instance, if you’re constantly thinking, “I’ll never reach my desired weight,” then re-frame that thought to, “I am taking powerful steps towards my desired weight.” A simple shift in your thinking can create a miracle.
4. Start your day off right
Don’t check your email as soon as you wake up. Sit for at least one minute of stillness. Recite a positive affirmation, like, ‘I’m going to respect myself today,’ or use one of my affirmations from the Spirit Junkie Affirmation Alarm Clock. In addition, avoid watching the news for at least an hour. Start your day with positivity and power.
5. Get social with your change
In 2013 I kicked sugar using social media. I made a commitment to myself and my followers that I was going to quit the sugar once and for all. I posted daily pictures of the healthy food I was eating and cooking and I tracked my day count off of sugar. Reaching out to the community kept me accountable and supported my desired goal.
6. Focus on what makes you feel good
One simple way to energize your life, create more time and be more productive, is to feel inspired.
Take time to engage in your hobbies, read inspiring books or listen to music that you love. You don’t have to wait for inspiration: find it by focusing on what gets your mojo working and you’ll energize every area of your life.
7. Get creative
This year, tap into your creative side. Creative hobbies will take you out of your daily patterns and ignite your inner spirit. Pledge to engage in a creative project as often as possible. You’ll find that time spent in creativity heightens your happiness and gives you more energy for the other areas of your life. For instance, this month I begin a 6-week ceramics class and I’ve committed to making miracle mugs for all of my friends! (Stay tuned for the instagram pics!)
8. Stop binge watching episodes of Revenge
Confession: I spent the better half of 2013 watching Revenge and Breaking Bad. I admit that I’m also severely addicted. These days it’s way too easy to get sucked into TV and lose track of time. We can spend hours sucked into Netflix rather than use that time for creative projects. Take a TV break and replace it with something more inspiring. Take walks around your neighborhood, write in your journal, read a new book, try a fun new fitness routine or meditate with me. Get back all the hours you wasted binging on Netflix and reignite your life with new activities. Next time you’re about to press play on the next episode of Revenge press play on this video instead.
9. Fall in love with your exercise method
I believe that the best way to stay committed to exercise is to fall in love with your exercise routine. When you find joy in exercise then you begin to long for it. For instance, I choose exercises that make me feel childlike, such as, jumping on the mini trampoline or rollerblading. When I ignite my inner child I have more fun and I fall in love with the experience. Being in love with my exercise routine makes me wake up each morning psyched to get back on the trampoline or strap on the rollerblades.
Find an exercise routine that ignites your inner spirit and fall in love with it! Falling in love with your exercise will make it an exciting part of your day rather than a chore.
10. Just show up!
The Kundalini yoga masters taught that 90% of the practice was just showing up to class or sitting down to practice yoga. If 90% of creating a new habit is just showing up, then we can take the pressure off. If your goal is to work out more, remember that 90% of the resolution is to get your butt to the gym! Stop waiting for something major to happen—just show up for change.
11. Keep it simple
Have you ever desperately wished you could make change happen overnight? If so, you’re not alone: we’ve all been there. But we must surrender to the fact that real change happens by adding up subtle shifts.
When we add up these moments, we create new behavior. It’s important to keep it simple and stay in the day. Let yourself off the hook! Instead of getting overwhelming by focusing on changing your whole life right now, simply begin paying attention to the moment-to-moment subtle shifts. Trust that the miracle lies within the subtleties. For support on creating these subtle shifts check out the new release of my New York Times bestselling book May Cause Miracles, available in paperback on 1/14/14!
12. Expand your inner awareness
All of my books and lectures have one common theme: Tweet: When we strengthen our inner awareness our outer experience becomes miraculous.
This New Year accept this truth: as you slow down and tune into your own inner guidance system you’ll receive all the power and resources you need to flourish. Stop looking outside yourself for answers. Begin a meditation practice and expand your inner awareness with my free guided meditations.
13. Repetition creates permanent change
Resolutions aren’t for dabblers. It’s important to repeat your new behavior. Make a commitment to stick to your resolution for 40-days straight. That daily repetition will change the neural pathways in your brain and help you create long-lasting change.
14. Have fun!
The best way to stick to your resolutions is to have fun with them. For instance, if you want to get into shape, find really fun and innovative workouts. Or if you want eat more healthfully, fall in love with cooking awesome recipes.
Real, lasting change — the kind that allows you to launch and sustain the life you dream of — requires you to immerse yourself in your desires, let go of negative patterns, and do it all with openness, structure, and support.
Are you ready to launch your life?