New Years is my favorite holiday of the year. I get filled with a huge sense of optimism, creativity and imagination. Rather than getting overwhelmed with New Year’s Resolutions, I tend to think about the major ways in which I want to use my life for good.
This year, my overwhelming purpose is to use my skills, creativity and imagination to inspire freedom through work in as many people as I can. I will do this through writing, blogging, coaching, teaching and presenting. As a way to kick-start this process, this month’s ezine article is on 12 Ways to Feel More Free in 2007. The full scoop is here. Here are the highlights:
If there is any defining value in my life, it has to be freedom.
I define living a life with freedom as acting with joy, not obligation, honest expression, responsibility for choices and not taking direction from any external oppressive force.
I learned to truly appreciate freedom after having some life experiences where I gave up my freedom and allowed myself to feel trapped, oppressed, resentful, afraid and smothered. What I learned from that experience is that I was the only one who could grant myself freedom. No one can oppress you without your permission.
Here are some areas in which you can feel more free this year:
- Freedom from comparing yourself to others
- Freedom from unhealthy relationships
- Freedom from regret
- Freedom from clutter
- Freedom from financial chaos and dread
- Freedom from drama
- Freedom from couch or computer butt
- Freedom from a manic pace
- Freedom from perpetual dissatisfaction
- Freedom from the elusive dream
- Freedom from playing small
- Freedom from work you detest
When my husband was a little boy, his grandpa would wake him up before the sun came up and lead him outside. Facing east, he would take out a bag of corn pollen and say his traditional Navajo morning prayers.
When he was done, he would say "Grandson, this is a brand new day. It has never been used, never been touched. Enjoy it. Ya at eeh. (It is good.)"
I invite you to greet the new year that way tomorrow. It is a brand new day, has never been touched, never been used. You can choose to make it a year of joy, growth, pleasure and freedom.
Ya at eeh. It is good.