Is anyone else a little late to the 2017 party? If you know me, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that I'm a girl who breaks out her journal, lights a few candles, and writes a bunch of resolutions every Jan 1st. This Type A-er LOVES a fresh start with an official clean slate.
But the universe had a different plan this year. On Jan 1st--the day I was supposed to return to LA--I woke up with a brutal flu, and there was no way I was making it on that plane.
A couple of days later, I was happy to be back in the swing of things and catching up on life, but it was gnawing at me that I didn't have have that beloved first date with myself on New Year's Day.
My excuse? I just couldn't find the time to do it.
Well HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too, Old Limiting Belief!
Thoughts, desires, and big ideas about 2017 had been circulating in my head for weeks, but getting clear and setting an action plan on paper suddenly felt like a chore in the midst of all my "to-do's," which were SUPER important:
Unpacking. Laundry. Groceries. Picking up dry-cleaning. Getting the car washed. Returns. Exercising. Thank-you notes. And most importantly, seeing The Bachelor premiere that I so tragically missed live.
I finally got sick of my own damn self when Jan 5th rolled around and I was on the phone with my bestie for probably the fourth time that day, talking about what my dad calls "horseshite," and I abruptly got off the phone to make these resolutions official.
Don't get me wrong-- my bestie is the BEST for a reason and I ADORE talking about horseshite, but one of my unwritten resolutions for 2017 was to QUIT. PROCRASTINATING.
I realize that procrastinitis is now a worldwide epidemic thanks to social media and dating apps, but towards the end of 2016 it hit me that my soul had been dying from it.
Last year, my "focus" was launching my coaching business, while continuing to audition, date, actually coach, teach yoga, maintain a pretty full social life, and make it back east for multiple birthdays and weddings.
I'm still proud of what I achieved with Claire Your Mind, but can't help but wonder how much further along I'd be, if I just said "no" to the doozies who proved to be doozies on date one, or limited my horseshite talks to twice a day versus ten...
I highly recommend Marie Forleo's New Year's blog on goal setting if you too are late to the 2017 party. Her genius and FUN Purge & Prune system helped me design a plan that puts my all into two areas versus ten.
The dating apps are deleted, social media will be taking a major backseat, and the to-do lists now include daily tasks for what I want to achieve no matter how small the steps might seem.
One of my favorite quotes is from the Big Book for Alcoholics Anonymous: “Insanity: doing the same thing over, and over again, expecting different results.”
Get REALLY clear on what you want. Then pay attention to what you've been doing that's holding you back from making that happen.
There's no time like the present, and frankly, I think it's still pretty cool to show up fashionably late anyway.
So what are you waiting for? Make 2017 your best year yet. Show up. Get Clear. And stop doing the same thing expecting different results.
I can't wait to hear what unfolds for you next!
Happy Claire Your Mind Year!
Comment and share below : what's one thing you'll let go of or a behavior you'll change, in order to achieve your big goal for 2017?! And don't forget to contact me for life coaching phone sessions!