SHINE: Prepare By The Spirit — Don’t Wait for 2013, Start Your New Year Today!

SHINE … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Don’t Wait for 2013, Start Your New Year Today!

© 2012 Tonya M. Evans

December 29, 2012

Remember when there were 364 more days left in the year? Yeah, well that was about 362 days ago. Now, with only three days left in 2012 (thank goodness!!) the holiday dust in the Thanksgiving-to-New Year holiday stretch is quickly beginning to settle.

If you are like most people, you’ve just started to catch your breath from the holiday fervor and to focus on how your year is ending and how you intend to bring in the New Year.

Perhaps you’re starting to reflect on all the things you did and didn’t do (good, bad and otherwise), the places you did and didn’t go and the things you did and didn’t say.

Maybe you want a “do over” or to just wipe the slate clean altogether and begin again. Maybe you need to show up or back off, to move full steam ahead or take a time out, to say sorry or offer forgiveness, to exchange a cross word for a kind one, or to return to that fork in the road and choose left instead of right. Or maybe you want to bask in the glory of your accomplishments and really take your life to the next level!

Whatever the case, why put off until tomorrow (or next year) what you can do, say or be … today?

Terri Cole, founder and CEO of Live Fearless and Free, poses this question in a recent post titled “Creating a New You for the New Year” at In her post, she reminds us of the creative potential in each moment to begin again. She encourages us to do it now, to create today the life we desire for tomorrow.

She writes:

It is an annual occurrence. We run on autopilot from Thanksgiving through Christmas, and then around December 26, we start to think about new habits we want to create and bad habits we want to ditch. We evaluate what hasn’t been serving our purpose and what we need to change in order to be more fulfilled. For some reason, we have a difficult time implementing new strategies in the present moment. It’s as if we must wait for a momentous occasion that clearly marks new beginnings.

Does the split second between December 31 and January 1 possess some kind of transformational magic? Do we really need a specific calendar date to create our best lives?

Nope. We really don’t.

Terri offers an exercise you can do now, on New Year’s Eve or anytime you are ready to transform your world. It begins with three basic questions. And it all boils down to taking notes, taking stock and taking charge of your life!

Are you ready for a new you? Click here to get ready, get set & SHINE!

Read about Tonya’s 100 days of Wisdom™ Project

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