Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Five Stepping Stones for a Successful 2017

In what sequence of importance would you put the following words: 
Time             Space              Order              Routine           A Plan

Would you agree that some of these words unlock the potential of the others?

What benefit do they have for your life?

The sequence of importance you would place the words may depend in part on your behavioral/personality traits.  Some individuals would need to have “A Plan” established before setting out to create the others.  On the other hand, some people could not create “A Plan” without having “Order” and “Space” lined out.

Understanding yourself and your natural behavioral tendencies will help you be more successful in 2017!  Perhaps as you look at these stepping stones, one or two of them pop out in your mind.  Why did that “stone” come so quickly to mind? 

Take some time to reflect on why it came to mind and what you need to do with it, then determine what you will do with the other stones?  Stepping stones have a job to do.  They are meant to help us get from one point to another. Where is it you want to go in 2017? 

For further reflection, consider the following representational ideas…

Time for more productivity.
Time for building relationships.
Time for hobbies/recreation.

Space for mental margin.
Space for renewal.
Space for creativity.

A Plan:
A plan for business endeavors/goals.
A plan for family adventures.
A plan for personal pursuits.

Order for the freeing up of time.
Order for the better utilization of space.
Order for intentional, simple green clean living.

Routines keep the “cogs” (other stepping stones) running smoothly. 
Routines help you live purposefully in the ways you want.

Next week we will delve into unpacking the bedrock stepping stones; “Order” and “Routine.”

These two stones can quick-set potential for achieving what you desire to achieve in this new year!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year's Resolutions on Repeat

It’s the time of year when we set up what we resolve to do in the new year.  Many commercials and talk shows always seem to begin with the “healthier you” mantra and quickly point out the fact that this is the number one New Year’s Resolution that has a perpetual “repeat” button.

We should all be encouraged by those who have gone before us who hit the “repeat button” time and time again—never giving up.   They lead the way! 

Take for example Thomas Edison, most noted for his invention of the light bulb.  In reply to his numerous attempts on various experiments regarding electricity, Thomas Edison said, “I know several thousand things that won’t work.”

Abraham Lincoln had his own set of perceived failures before becoming our nation’s sixteenth president through the most trying time of our nation’s history.

What can be learned from these men?  In a word –Perseverance.

So what if your New Year’s Resolution(s) is or are the same as last years; you know what did not work and can build on that!

Take a week or two for thoughtful reflection on what resolutions you want this New Year—even if some are repeat resolutions.

Make those resolutions specific enough to be measured but not so easy as they do not stretch you in a healthy way.  If they are too vague, you’re let off the hook.

As the year progresses you more than likely will come along roadblocks.  Don’t let those stop you!  Persevere.  You just found one way that does not work, now keep moving.

I am sure by the end of 2017, you’ll have grown to understand new things about yourself, others, and will have developed a greater sense of who you are and what you are to be about!

HG Labs’ Harmony Aromatherapy Cleaners wish you much success as you persevere in your resolutions for this New Year! 

Later this week: “Stepping Stones for a Successful 2017”