As you will see from the calendar, this month we are focusing on a new beginning and a brand new me. In this regard, I am sure that you will agree that for us to have a new beginning in general terms, we must first agree that there is need to have new approaches and attitudes to life and life experiences. Additionally, our ability to become new would require new patterns of thinking, feeling, speaking, acting and reacting. These new patterns in turn result in and at the same time are born from new approaches and attitudes.
Moreover, we cannot truly experience a new year in terms of significantly improved relationships with our Father-Mother God, and that basis, more productive, satisfying and mutually beneficial relationships with all with whom we interact. Again, improved relationships with our Maker and with others require new patterns of thinking, feeling, speaking, acting and reacting that lead to new approaches and attitudes. Therefore, experience of newness in any aspect of our lives this year will require a comprehensive and integrated change effort.
In this regard, we suggest that consideration be given to the proposals listed below:
LEAVING 2014 BEHIND: TAKE CHARGE of 2015As I PREPARE TO GREET 2015, it is time to remind myself of the goals, dreams and hopes I held in my consciousness for 2014The Late Stephen Covey, one of the most prolific leadership authors of our time, says there are 6things I can do right now to make 2015 my best year ever:
It’s more than just taking initiative. It means being responsible for my own life. Empower myself to lead and spread my influence no matter what position I hold.
SHARPEN THE SAW.
Decide what’s truly important. Sharpen my saw early in the day by learning to say no to the unimportant and yes to the highly important.
SEEK TO UNDERSTAND BEFORE SEEKING TO BE UNDERSTOOD.
It’s human nature to want to be understood, but when both parties are trying to be understood, neither party is listening.
By making the investment to understand the other party, I can magically transform the course of my conversations.
BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND.
I start today, with an image of the end of my life as the frame of reference by which everything else is examined. With a clear idea of where I am going, examine everything in the context of what matters to me most.
DEVELOP A VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT.
I get a deep sense of my life’s mission, purpose and value system, then establish my goals and a system of accountability that keeps me on track.
THINK WIN WIN.
There is enough success for everyone, so I won’t view another person’s success as success achieved at my expense or exclusion.
HAVE A NEW YEAR FILLED WITH PEACE, JOY, HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS WRAPPED IN OUR PRAYERS FOR YOUR GOOD HEALTH AND PROSPERITY.
Adapted from Seven habits of effective people by Steven CoveyMake success and abundance in all forms be your experience this year! You deserve!!!Peace and love,Phyllis