Do you recall the first chimes of the New Year, was it like stepping through a rusty creaking door into the challenges of 2016 or did the door glide freely because it was lubricated (no pun intended!), as you swung with positive expectation into the New Year?
Last year was a mixed bag of emotions for a lot of people, me included. Life comes with challenges – some may be exhilarating because they involve stretching those boundaries which may take courage and determination. Challenges can be described as grabbing the bull by the horns in an unpredictable landscape. Overcoming difficulties or making changes by engaging at a deeper level can mean finding self-acceptance of one’s limiting beliefs. Learning to let go of them by trusting oneself can be a life-changer.
It’s funny how many people have said that it’s the learning to trust in one’s own instincts that allows them to be more at peace with themselves and as a result more in ‘flow’ in their world.
Finding your own path doesn’t necessarily mean following someone else’s!
When it comes to testing situations, the choices we make and the things we tell ourselves can lead to growth or protection. If protection causes negative stress, then that can really feel debilitating and exhausting, even lead to destructive behaviours.
If we expect New Year challenges to be like experiencing an uncomfortable roller-coaster ride, – struggling with circumstances ‘outside our control’, that can derail, upset and cause muddled thinking.
Instead we have a choice to be curious about how we can take action on small things through the year. What can gradually improve our situation to stop feeling responsible for things outside our control? New ways of thinking can prove to be an emotional game changer and in the bigger picture, a life changer!
Challenges can dissolve old ways of thinking…
With an enquiring mind if we can turn what challenges us into an opportunity for growth, then we’ll be using stress as a positive force, so that what can at first appear difficult can transform into a glimmer of hope for success and well-being.
Hope can create change. Determination to pull through can enable us to access a more powerful nurturing resource, through building a personal resilience.
My follow-up blog may encourage you to start that exploration within yourself – opening up to ‘New Ways of Being’…