Unclutter Your Life

New Year’s Eve 2017

It is New Year’s Eve Day……Since it’s the weekend, I’m sure some will start the celebrations early.  Others are eagerly preparing to celebrate. Somewhere in the midst of all of the craziness, there is always the talk of New Year’s Resolutions, right? Most people pick a resolution because of a plaguing problem (sometimes for years) and vow to change it.

Has resolutions worked for you?

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Here is usually how it goes:

January – motivated, committed and on track to keep resolution

February – some motivation, mostly on track

March – motivation gone and Resolution forgotten

Does this sound like you? It was me for many years.  Until a challenge in 2013 became a new way of approaching the New Year.  This past year (personal and business) had some great lessons in it and I found a word to sum up my plan for 2017 (I’ll reveal it tomorrow)!

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The “One Word” experiment helped me to move from the long list of changes to ONE WORD.  The addition of an acronym last year helped me stay on track.  My one word has helped me to take all my big plans, and narrow them down to a single focus.  When things got tough, when Doubtful Debbie and Negative Nellie visited; I went back to my ONE WORD and gained focus.  Usually somewhere around March is when I need a refresh. It isn’t always easy but it helps me focus on the goals for the year. Notice I didn’t say resolutions, I said goals.  No more resolutions for me!

Here are the steps I recommended by “the one word experiment”:

Step 1: DETERMINE THE KIND OF PERSON YOU WANT TO BECOME

The first step is to simply take some time and decide what kind of person you want to be at the end of the year. This goes beyond simply being healthier and wealthier, but it must drive deep into your soul. What about the condition of your heart? What about the person God Himself has created you to be?

Step 2: IDENTIFY THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PERSON

Picture the person and then simply identify their major characteristics. Is the person gentle? Is the person generous? What are the qualities of the person you want to become?

Step 3: PICK A WORD

Once you have a list of the characteristics, simply pick a word. There might be fifteen things you want to change, but you must resist the temptation to promise you will do them all. Instead, simply commit to ONE WORD.

Step 4: MAKE IT AN ACRONYNM

Now you have a word, add steps for each letter of the word.  Not only will the word help you to focus BUT when the struggles come, the words or action steps attached to the word will help you persevere.  This doesn’t mean you add “goals” or another word, it is all about reminding ourselves of the positive steps to take to achieve our dreams.

One Word will provide you with a lens to see the changes you need to make as well as a way to determine whether or not change is actually happening. Understand this process is hard, but staying focused on your word will help you to struggle in the right direction so you can actually see God working in your life.

I have my word for 2018 and despite my best efforts to move to a different one, God has continued to bring this word up.  I can see how this ONE word will be my guide as I strive for the goals I have for 2018 in my personal, professional and business life.happy-new-year-wishes-quotes-20161What is your ONE WORD for 2018? Or are you still in the “resolution list” mode? Either way, share them with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Your Life is Not a Horoscope

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This week has been riddled with health struggles – the change in weather does not mix well with the MS and my cortisol levels are changing so much I feel like I am on a roller coaster.  Then across my blog newsfeed came my horoscope.  At first I just smiled and was going to delete when I thought let’s see what the stars have to say for this week.

This week’s sun-Pluto collaboration can inspire you to take a risk, express yourself and have an adventure. Your drive to enjoy life might spur you to break out of your daily routine and seek new experiences that change how you view the world….  With Jupiter moving into your efficiency house until October 2017, your work ethic will surge, but you also may find yourself wanting more freedom in your job. This will be a period for implementing positive changes that improve your health and the quality of your daily life. It’s a great year to expand your skillset, get better at time management, initiate positive habits, take on additional duties, clean up your diet, focus on physical fitness and be of more service to others. Understanding your purpose and increasing your productivity will give you a sense of fulfillment…. Intimacy, trust and pursuing common interests and goals probably seem complex and confusing at times; be willing to work on relationships, and resist the temptation to view people unrealistically out of a desire to gloss over differences.

I know what does all of this have to do with you, right?  As I read this, I remembered back to a time when everyday I read my horoscope, eager to see what the day was going to be like.  My mindset was shaped by the simple words in the newspaper – good or bad.  How many of you used to do this or still do?  Do you rely on outside forces to shape your day?

How often do you read what is written about what “should” happen and your entire mindset is changed?  How often do you speak doubt into the Universe and get the negative results of the day? What if we spoke only truth – positive things – knowing they would happen instead of hoping or wishing they might?

As I read my horoscope, I realized God had a message for me.  As I looked for reassurance in my business, my health and my personal life – these words reiterated what I knew in my heart was God’s plan for me.  I looked at this as positive reinforcement I needed to make a plan to move forward in all areas of my life.  In a split second, I went from looking at the things happening around me as negative and moved to a positive light.  The words didn’t determine what my day would be like, they encouraged me to make the most of the blessings that I had been given.

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What “shoulda”, “woulda”, or “coulda” words are setting a negative outlook into the Universe for you today?  Embrace the positive and see the challenges as a blessing with a lesson to be learned.

Share how you are going to change the negatives in your day to positive actions….

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!