The Power of Reviewing 2012

Happy-New-Year-2013-HD-Wallpaper-2Happy New Year everyone!  We made it!

Clearly, 2013 is just the beginning of a massive shift in consciousness… I think the Mayans knew this very well, that 2012 marked the end of an old way of being and interacting – with ourselves and those around us – as well as the planet.

And as I watched the amazing NYE fireworks on the Thames two days ago, I felt excited and full of optimism for the year to come. The New Year is traditionally a time of resolution- and goal-setting. But this year I decided to celebrate a little differently.

Instead of setting goals – I’ve looked back over 2012 and did a ‘completion’ exercise on the whole year. This a great way to let your subconscious know you’re through with certain projects and can put them to bed. It’s a way of acknowledging your triumphs, your challenges and bringing to your awareness exactly what you’ve learnt the past year.
So I asked myself the following questions:

1. What have I created?

2. What have I learnt?

3. What is it true to let go of?

4. What would I love to create now?

You could do this ‘straight’ ie just ask the questions and receive the answers. Or you could do it more intuitively – so you’ll get answers from your subconscious (no avoiding the truth there!).

To tune in to your subconscious is very easy. Simply close your eyes, take a couple deep breaths and imagine you are surrounded by a circle of gold light.
Ask yourself the first question, ‘What have I created’ and allow the first image or symbol to appear. It could be anything – from a banana to a colour to a mountain… Don’t judge the image… just open your eyes and write it down. Then it’s time to interpret it.

What does this symbol or image mean to you? Just make it up. There is no right or wrong answer. Simply allow your subconscious to speak. Then using the same symbol, ask yourself,  “What have I learnt.”

Repeat the above for questions 3 and 4, getting a new symbol for each question.
You’ll probably find the answers quite illuminating as I did. By doing this exercise intuitively you are more likely to receive the ‘truth’ of your creations, your learning, your letting go and what your heart would love to create next.

Happy completing! And happy creating 🙂

An Alternative Approach to New Year Resolutions

There are dozens of ways to kick start a new year with greater focus, purpose and enthusiasm for the year ahead. Guru_Mindmap

Spending time to reprioritise, set goals or new year resolutions, plan experiences can – and should – be very liberating and energising. However, our experience shows that the BEST way to make sure your plans become reality, is to aim to build momentum quickly. To kick start in January with consistent action, no matter how small.

In this podcast, Paul and Chris discuss specific ideas and tools to not only allow you to start the year running but also to open up your mind, and get in the right mindset for thinking creatively, clearly and purposefully.

The holiday time is the perfect time to carve out quiet time for some honestly reflection on your previous year and step back from the day-to-day grind, to reboot your inner computer and allow yourself to dream again.

Here are a few tools to get you started…

 

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Forget New Year’s Resolutions! Do What You Love!

New Year’s Resolutions are a waste of time. It’s official! As soon as you tell yourself you’ve got to give something up, or deny yourself – every fibre in your being wants it just that little bit (or a lot) more!

So, instead of purgatory, why not go for what you LOVE instead? Paul and Gina discuss the fine art of creation… and the 3 fundamental aspects of creativity: germination, assimilation and creation.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY CREATING WHAT YOU LOVE

 

4 Ideas for Making 2011 an Extra Special Year

The turn of the year is an arbitrary but helpful moment in time to think about the next 365 days of your life. At ActionPodcast we certainly know that you can design and live the life you want, you can achieve more than you think you can, and have greater happiness than you did last year. But how will you make that happen? I know you’re wiser than hoping to win the national lottery, and of course, more money isn’t going to magically take care of all your problems.

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Your Intentionality… (Happy 2010!)

Chris has already done a great job of outlining some important steps that can really help to support your New Year’s Resolutions for 2010, and whilst I’ve touched on it here at ActionPodcast before, I felt tonight was a brilliant opportunity to encourage you to consider your intentionality for this new year too!

If we think of each year of our lives as a chapter, and look back at the last couple, there’s probably an underlying theme or sense of what that year meant to us in the overall scheme of our lives. For the last couple of years, I’ve set conscious intentions for my chapters and they’ve worked for me in a way that resolutions never really have.

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Putting the “Happy” back in to your New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We’ve all said it, so why then, when we do hit the new year, there doesn’t seem to be anything HAPPY about it!?

Learn how to put some spring back in to your 2009

Sam and Paul talk about breaking out of the Holiday season habits. Paul vows to reduce his game time in WoW (World of Warcraft) and Sam resolves things that she has been putting up with.

Now the parties are over it’s time to put some structure and routine back into your life.

Road Through Redundancy

Speaking to a friend yesterday, he was feeling pretty down because his redundancy takes effect today. The week before Christmas and BAM – no job. Just like that, after 9.5 years of service.

Now, we all know there is a lot of uncertainty, gloom & pressure in the broadcast view of the economic climate at the moment; but it is still a shock when it impacts directly on someone you know (and even more if it happens to you!)

Then after a 15 minute conversation, he was not only feeling a bit better – but he’d gone from feeling like he had no real prospects in the New Year, to having a lot to look forward to! Continue reading

What Will You Be Celebrating?

Regardless of whether you normally set Resolutions or not – what will you be celebrating when New Year’s rolls around?

During the Festive Season, it can be easy to focus on what you are not happy with or what you *still* haven’t done, and even easier to forget about the progress you really have made in 2008.

Exploring what you have achieved, the challenges you’ve overcome or the problems you’ve solved can really give you a strong foundation for setting your Intentions for 2009!

Join us to discover just how and what you could be celebrating this year and next (without the hangovers)!

Resolutions – Why Bother?!

Have New Year’s Resolutions simply become token attempts at setting goals? Do we really take them seriously anymore, or are we simply punishing ourselves when year after year, we’re faced with clichéd Resolutions that seem to keep coming back up?

It is one thing to actively explore, set & commit to things that you would like to be, do or have during the next twelve months (even tweaking them as you go along), and another entirely to rely on only one day of the year (usually the day following a very hard night!) to kick-start your focus on what you want to achieve in the next 12 months.

If you are someone who achieves the Resolutions you set – then I’d really like to acknowledge you! For those of us who find our Resolutions becoming pipedreams, or those of us who’ve given up on setting them at all (it saves disappointment!), perhaps a slight shift in focus would help shore up our successes in the next year…
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Will the Myth of Selfishness Ruin Your 2009?

What do you want from 2009? What will the New Year hold for you? As you start thinking about what you want to do or have, does a sense of guilt creep in?

Whether you have a specific memory from a young age, or even just a sense of ‘learning’ that selfishness was an inherently bad thing – it seems intrinsic to our moral education as human beings; and so when it comes time to start thinking about what we want our next year to be like, there is often an accompanying sense of guilt that holds us back from being truthful with ourselves about our goals.
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