May I wish all my family members an unbelievably miraculous year ahead, where may the almighty shower on you abundance of wealth, health, harmony, peacefulness, and happiness through out the year.
Yet another new year! Most people say, my goodness, the speed at which the time goes is unbelievable. Some of you must be wondering whether duration of minutes and hours is reduced or what! Some of you are still wondering; it looked like the new year 2010 celebrations happened just yesterday. On the other hand for some of you this 2010 must have seemed a very long never ending year! Whatever are your feelings, we have got into another year 2011. This is the time when you need to prepare your ‘Life Balance Sheet’ for the 2010. The assets and liabilities you have created in 2010, increase or decrease in the financial returns and more importantly the new relationships you have created and the relationships you have broken…. In short where do you stand on Jan 1, 2011 vis-a-viz Jan 1, 2010. Was 2010 proved to be a winner for you or a loser. Even you can write all the accomplishments you have made and the losses you have incurred during this period. You may do this exercise in five areas of your life
1. Physical – Health related aspect. Did this year give you some new diseases, did you gain weight or lose weight, did you start some new exercise regime, any advancement in the family life etc..
2. Financial – Everything in which money is involved; Did you acquire some new assets or did you add some new liability, did your financial liability decreased or increased, any hike in the salary or incentives or profits, any worthwhile acquisitions/ purchases during this period, any career goals achieved, which has some financial impact, etc.
3. Social – Have you done anything good for the society (the beneficiaries should not be anyone connected with you), Could you involve in some social causes or movements etc.
4. Mental – Any new intellectual achievements, any new academic achievements, any worthwhile reading which is making a significant difference in you etc.
5. Spiritual – Could you start doing anything by which you could start realizing who you are, what your purpose in life is, etc, it could be meditation, yoga or creative visualization (one of my favorite topics), could you visit some holy places etc..
I have been recommending people to do this exercise every new year. This will give you an idea whether you are truly progressing in your life or are you in a reverse gear. However I have seen that most of the people when they prepare this balance sheet, they get disappointed, because their balance sheet is not impressive. Not to worry; you can take some decisions now. Always remember one thing; you are what you are now is because of the decisions you have taken and the actions you have done in the past; you will be what you will be is purely decided by the decisions you take now and the actions you are going to do from today. That is why I always promote ‘Past is not equal to Future’ as a philosophy in life.
This is the best time to take some solid decisions in your life and move on. We all are aware that we are going through the golden era in this country in terms of economic growth and opportunities. Now we can’t blame our circumstances for failure in life. I know there are so many people world over takes new year resolutions like; I am stopping drinking alcohol, I am stopping smoking from Jan 1; in most of the cases the strength of the resolution lasts only for 24 hrs. But drinking, smoking etc are some of the very minor bad habits compared to the behavioral habits like gossiping, criticizing others, giving negative interpretations to others behavior, jealousy etc. In fact it is not the smoking or drinking, which is stopping progress in your life, it is the behavioral habits (habits which became your behavior), which is killing you in your life and stop opportunities coming to you. Hence I think we should be taking some very strong resolutions on these to make 2011 a wonderful year. Let me give you some resolution statements
2011 is the best, most rewarding year in my life in which I am going to fulfill all my dreams.
I am having an absolute positive attitude towards my life and also towards other people and situations
I give only positive interpretations to other people’s behavior, even if I suffer some loss for that
I associate with only positive people who can encourage me and help me to grow in my life
I read and listen to only positive and success stories
I refrain myself from all types of gossiping and negative criticism.
I am working towards strengthening relationships with everyone through unconditional love and sharing
I am expressing gratitude to the almighty everyday for all the great things he has provided in my life
I am practicing forgiveness as I know everyone is doing things, which as per their consciousness are right.
I am attracting abundance of health, wealth, happiness, harmony in my life
Always remember, you cannot be perfect on any of these things; that is why I am saying ‘practice’. Practice may not make anything perfect, but practice makes everything permanent. I can guarantee that if you take this resolution on this new year occasion and repeat it every day morning you can see miracles happening in your life. Some people ask me ‘I don’t have the motivation to do this”. Do you know why? The only thing which keeps anyone motivated is hope, something to look forward in life. If you want to have that, you need to know what exactly you want to accomplish in your life. That is, you need to have some clear goals for this year and an action plan to support it.
What ever you could gain or lose last year is because of the decisions or indecisions you took last year. Hence by taking the right steps now you could change 2011 into a miraculous year. May God shower upon you and your family and organization all the abundance in the universe.