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New Year 2012 – Give Yourself Three Invaluable Gifts!

I hope all of you had a great 2011.  If you answered with an yes, set bigger goals.  Do more in 2012.  If not, nothing to worry.  You can begin again and get great things done in 2012.

Give Yourself Three Invaluable Gifts

As I do every year I begin the New Year by giving myself a message.  I also share this message with friends who appreciate my thoughts. This helps me set my perspective for the oncoming year, overcome limitations of the past year and move forward in new directions and set new ways of thinking.  We all know that if we continue to do what we did, we will get the same results what we got last year.  So let us begin the New Year with new positive thoughts.  There is so much to do, so much to achieve, so much to learn and so much to enjoy and be happy about.

To be absolutely honest, I have never got around to fulfilling most of my New Year resolutions any year.  I believe this is so with most of us.  If everything went on perfectly like clockwork much of the thrill of the achievement would be lost.

Where did I go wrong?  How could I set easy resolutions that are important enough for me to achieve them?  And what qualities do I require that I achieve my New Year resolutions?

I realize now that the rigidity of the resolutions and the strict disciplines of executing the goals regime weaken the fun element.  Instead of enjoying the journey of personal development and achievement we end up more stressed with the New Year resolutions.

I think most of us lack the one quality that can help us achieve all our resolutions – COMMITMENT.  At least that is the truth for me.  I get excited at the possibilities that a new year offers – possibilities of better health, progress in my career, earning more money, better relations with my family, friends and peers.  But the as the year progresses, the hard knocks of life weakens the resolve and somewhere down the line we lose the commitment to our new year goals and objectives.  The routine sets in and we forget all about it till the next year.  Get committed to dream big dreams, turn the dreams into vision and vision into actions goals into achievements.

Give yourself 3 gifts during this New Year 2012.

1.  Dreams

“The future you see is the future you get” said Robert G. Allen.  The very recent history is proof that people who had wild dreams were the people who made world a different place than what it could have turned out to be.  As recently as the 18th century no one could imagine flying at great speeds and reach distant places in hours which took days and even months.  No one could imagine hearing and seeing people far and wide by just flicking a switch.

Such progress is the result of men who saw a future beyond logic and common sense, and dreamt of things that were a flight of fancy and fairy tales.  Although their thoughts transcended logic, science helped turn their wildest dreams into reality for these men.

The message of history is clear.  Dream big!  As Pablo Picasso said “Everything you can imagine is real.”  Dream unreasonable and dream the impossible.  A big dream is one that is not quantifiable; it is timeless, has no geographic boundaries, transcends religion and inspires not just you but the world.

When you can create a dream that is big enough it will be liberating and make you soar into skies of fame and wealth.  It will entail risks, but excite you into action and achievement.  It will be rewarding and propel into a new dimensions of happiness, fame and riches.

Do you need any more reasons to gift yourself Big Dreams in in the New Year 2012?

2.  Fearlessness 

When you walk the path of Big Dreams, you will be confronted with fear.  Fear of losing it all.  But the ancient text of Rig Veda says “Fearlessness is the gateway to success. One should therefore shun all kinds of fear.

Fear is a demon which keeps whispering messages in your ears preventing you from doing all the things that you would like to do and dissuade with countless reasons for not doing what is right.

Fear can stop us from achieving our dreams and aspirations.  Learn to understand the negative state, which is the originator of all fear.  Confront your fears and decide on what is right.  Don’t let the negativity and fear cloud your judgment of the right and wrong.  If you are right let nothing come in the way of your decisions.  Be prepared to face the worst for doing the right things.

Fear is the worst enemy of all dreams.  Make the new year 2012 fearless to pursue your dreams.

3.  Health

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity – World Health Organization

To accomplish all our dreams, to be fearless, we need a body which is brimming with health, a mind full of energy and positive attitude towards our fellow human beings.

Good health is the backbone of life.  Whatever your accomplishments, if you are not keeping a good physical or mental health, life would not be worth living and there can be no happiness even if you have all the riches of the world.

Start the New Year 2012 with a good plan for your physical health with an exercise and physical fitness regime.  It is easy to achieve good mental health by building positive attitudes.  Read extensively and learn new things to nourish your mind.

Go for your dreams with fearlessness and build good health to fuel the energy required to make all your dreams come true in the New Year 2012!


Make New Year 2011 The Best And Greatest Ever!

I write a New Year article every year just as a way to gather my thoughts and prioritize what I would like to do in the coming year to make it more positive, achievement oriented fun.  Many are the goals which we plan every year but never get around to doing.    Making New Year Resolutions is fascinating trend or I should say tradition, globally practiced irrespective of the nationality, geography and religious beliefs.  It is not unusual to find many people buying up notebooks and diaries to write down their year’s goals, dreams and things to do every New Year.  These self-declared vows to improve, revive, or otherwise completely overhaul our lives, are one of the most interesting part of beginning a new year.

So to begin my own new year resolutions for 2011 I started by asking my children what New Year resolutions they were planning.  Both my children are in their teens.   My son who is the younger of the two simply said I don’t know.  He was playing his hand held game boy and I think he was too much in the present moment to bother about an uncertain future.  He was making the most of his moment of joy.

It was moment of truth for me. I was just beginning to form an insight into a new way of looking at New Year resolutions.

I then asked my daughter the same question.  She had a very different answer which amazed me still more.  She said “Why should I make new year resolutions.  I just think of what I want to do every day and start doing it immediately.  Another knockout for my old fashioned thinking of setting goals and plan lots of things and never getting around to do many of them.

So here are the two valuable learning for the new year from the younger generation who believe in being more practical, pragmatic and have the ‘just do it’ attitude.

New Year Insight 1:  Live in the present and make the most of it.  You never know if tomorrow will ever come

New Year Insight 2: Plan what you want to do and the moment you decide something you need to do and just do it.  You need not wait for the right time or place.  You need not write plenty of goals and objectives.  Set them on the go, get on the road and keep correcting your course as you go along.  You just decide and do it.

So I just threw out my goals list and decided I will live every moment to the fullest and just do the things I wanted to do as I planned them or stop planning about it if it wasn’t practical to get started immediately.

But just to make the New Year 2011 the greatest ever I thought I will add two more insights which I feel can really help make life enjoyable. So here is my own new insights on the new year resolutions.

New Year Insight 3: It is always a little difficult to set time up for yourself whether just to get away for the weekend or enjoy a couple of hours on your own.  You can feel fully charged if you spend a couple of hours playing with your kids, walking aimlessly absorbing the life around and be with yourself, reading up what you always wanted to read but never got around to it or sharing some loving moments and mutual thoughts together with your life partner every day.

So take the time for yourself as frequently as you wish.  That urgent appointment can wait.  The business is not going to run away.  If it going to fall apart in your short absence, you are not the owner of your work or business, nor in control of it.  You are only slave labor to your work and business.

Remember you are working to make life happy.  Personal moments of joy lost is adding to the regrets of what you lost in your golden years.

New Year Insight 4: It is always good to spend time to learn something new.  May be it is never too late to learn to play the Piano, Guitar or whatever other instrument you fancy.  Maybe it could be even better if you could get back to school and get that course you often felt you must do.  You could even go back to collage and get a new degree you always fancied.  Learning is always fun and helps keep you young, vibrant and knowledgeable.  All work and no play…is not for the year 2011.

Wish You All The Best and The Greatest New Year 2011!