Three P’s for the New Year - Personal Development
And so we find ourselves at the end of another year. Maybe 2011 was a fantastic year and one that you will remember with fondness and pleasure. Alternatively 2011 might be a year that you are pleased to leave behind or possibly care neither way; it was all a bit meh.
Regardless of the good, bad of ugly of 2011, the start of a new year is a time when we all, to a greater or lesser degree spend time thinking about what has been, and what we hope for in the coming year.
2012 has not yet started and already there are couple of complications appearing in my life that are not welcome, but can’t be avoided. Personally 2011 was a ‘meh…’ year and 2010 was one I was glad to leave behind. I am therefore hoping that 2012 will be a bloody brilliant year because; well quite frankly I’m ready for it.
Even with the curve balls arriving I am really excited about 2012. I can smell the opportunity just waiting there is be plucked like a ripe plum. All the if’s, buts and maybes can go hang, 2012 is MY year.
The Three P’s
Passion isn’t enough to make things happen. But it does provide the foundation upon which change can begin. Understanding what makes your heart leap and your imagination soar and pursuing a course to live in that place is an important start point in living a fulfilled life. Asking yourself “What are the things I will never give up on?” and “What activities make me lose track of time?” are good indicators of things of passion.
Potential is about exploring what could be, not just in regards to your circumstances but also in regards to yourself. It examines the question “Who am I?” without shame or barriers and wonders “What has the fear of failure stopped me from doing?”
Purpose is the reason that passion and potential can be realised. It isn’t some grand statement but the energy that mobilizes your creativity and innovation to make the changes in your life you are seeking. Purpose is the thing that gives you the enthusiasm to keep going and makes you feel secure. It is often found by asking yourself “Why do I make the decisions I do?” and “Why does it matter?”
End 2011 by answering the question “What if all things were possible?” Begin the New Year not thinking about where you are, your current circumstances or what might stop you but where you want to be by the end of 2012 and how you might just get there.
New Years Resolutions
I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions but this year there are three habits I want to adopt which I think are important. They are not the normal ones such as give up booze (I don’t drink enough for that to be an issue) or cigarettes (I don’t smoke) or get healthy (I need to but I’m not committed enough and no resolution will change that) but my resolutions are things I think I should be doing more of that I don’t currently.
- Write a Thank you Note Every Day
- Pay attention and enjoy my life as it happens
- Take time out every day to reflect and ponder without an agenda