January 2, 2013

Celebrate New Successes in Seven Simple Steps

Happy New Year!  Happy 2013!!

I wish each of you a successful, happy, peaceful, prosperous, and enjoyable year!Dream - 100Pedals

May it be filled with growth, discovery, celebration, accomplishment and love!!

As you work on implementing your personal development plan for 2013, I would encourage each of you to undue the clutter you may have already created for yourself.  Every year, it is incredibly easy to make a very long list of all the things that we could, should, and must do to make our lives better and ourselves more successful in the coming year.  Unfortunately, all that does is burden us with a long list of failures, shortcomings, challenges, and tasks.

If you have made a list and vowed to do better , congratulations on successfully being honest with yourself.

It is now time to be realistic with yourself — burn the list!

Instead, go to a quiet place, close your eyes, and relax.

Allow your mind, body, and spirit to completely relax.  In this moment of peaceful tranquility follow these steps — which start with two simple questions:

  1. REFLECT: If I were to celebrate peace, joy, happiness and accomplishment in my life what would that celebration look like?
  2. FOCUS: What is the ONE thing I need to do today and everyday to make certain I start in the direction of fulfillment?
  3. LISTEN: Listen carefully and be extremely sensitive to the very first answer that pops in your head.
  4. TRUST: Trust that you have identified the most important, yet simple activity you can engage in this year.
  5. COMMIT:  Make that activity the most important component of your life for the next 100Days without excuse, exception, or compromise.
  6. CELEBRATE: Celebrate the accomplishment of your commitment every single day in the reality that you have successfully  continued that forward march towards your vision for this year.
  7. DISCOVER: As you build momentum, confidence, and experience along the way, allow yourself to discover the next step on your journey to a successful year.  This will not happen early; but, it will occur once you have created a habit of honoring your commitment and celebrating your daily accomplishments.

Over 80% of all new year’s goals are unsuccessful.  There are a variety of theories and reasons for this and I have no intention to debate the science, the philosophy or the process associated with new year’s resolutions.  From my personal experience and research the bigger component of these failings is the complexity of our goals, how we confuse them with our vision, and the lack of commitment that is tangibly connected to our intentions.

Do yourself and your life a favor.  Relax, focus, listen to your heart and make a 100Day commitment to honoring the advice.  Let me know how that works out — I am confident you will be amazed, inspired, and successful!!

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.