A New Year brings resolutions, goals, and intentions. At the dawn of this new decade, we feel the urge and nudge to shift, change, or transform who we are.
A New You
The Possibilities of You Are Infinite.
Our identity is a series of thoughts, choices, and actions that we select.
The foundation of those thoughts, choices, and actions are our values and beliefs. We choose what reflects our beliefs about ourselves and others. We automatically live into those beliefs of who we are and they are. If we change our thoughts, choices, and actions, we change our ourselves. We change our identities. We become new.
In 2020, who will you be? How can you become the person you truly want to be?
Declare Your New Identity
🥂Declare Who You Are. “I am _____.” Fill in the blank, reflecting the highest good for you and others.
In 2020, I am self-expression. I’m committed to bringing my whole self into my work —writing, teaching and other platforms. So, you get the J.D. and the Creative. I feel complete, and welcome, support, and inspire others.
🥂Each morning wake up and affirm who you are with conviction. “ I am ______.” It’s like a new soap and deodorant to wash away and ward off all the funkiness of the world. Your affirmation awakens you to the New You!
Live into Your New Identity
🥂Consistently, remind yourself.
Get your t-shirt, mug, stationery, personalized crest/logo, or other items that you will strategically place and use multiple times each day. I await the arrival of my “Inspiring Minds” t-shirts and lens wipes. I plan to keep my mind focused on who I am and what I’m up to in 2020.
Fill out a package of post-it note: write “I am _____” on at least 8 post-it notes a day and post them openly and obviously.
You are triggering your imagination and creating new neuro-paths and patterns in your brain with the writing, posting, and affirming. You are creating and imprinting a new belief about who you are.
🥂Find your new community. Connect with like minded people who are living into the similar affirmation. They will see your notes and reminders. They will get you. The New You will no longer fit in old, comfortable, stagnant relationships. Those relationships will feel like an emotional girdle.
In your new community, you will meet novices and wise avatars; you will find encouragement, guidance, and accountability. This community will feel like home to your soul.
During the holiday season, my community showered me with coffee dates, paints, journals, inspiring pictures, comfy slippers, and a gong. I even received my personalized meditation composition “ Zen D”; it was composed to resonate with my speaking tones and vibrations. “Simply, be the energy you want to attract,“ says the TapN2U Doctor, Dr. Anita Caprice.
The books, virtual networks and groups, master classes, and YouTube videos abound and are community building resources. Check out Oprah Winfrey, Rhonda Byrne, Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles, Charles Haanel, and Jack Boland books and teachings as well as some local treasures. In the past year, I’ve connected with national speakers, film producers, and I plan on meeting more folks as I travel for conferences.
🥂Celebrate the New You. The most powerful celebration is acknowledging your daily success. Each evening affirm: “I am________” and write the actions you took that aligned with your affirmation. Your small consistent successes will create the last transformative habits that will sustain your new identity.
Declaring and affirming a new identity does not obliterate challenges. However, it does offer you a new approach to handle challenges. When you are facing a challenge, remind yourself, “I am________, “ and address the challenge from the perspective of that person.
For example, “I am self-expression” doesn’t get to opt for comfort and silence before intimidating audiences. There are important topics —leadership, inclusion, and conflict resolution. She puts pen to paper, and she opens her mouth. The words and passion will find their audiences.
Similarly, when “I am abundant and prosperous“ gets an unexpected bill, she begins to list resources — current income, things of values that are no longer used that could be cosigned, and other ways to generate additional income. “I am abundant and prosperous“ has a long term plan for wealth and creates a budget, a savings plan, and a debt reduction plan. “I am abundant and prosperous“ does not store bills in the kitchen drawer hoping they will evaporate.
You get the picture. Your New You acts in powerful ways when faced with adversity. “If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too,” Dr. Seuss predicted. To face challenges, stay committed and act in ways that align with your new identity.
Cheers to The New You
🥂Here’s to new beginnings. There’s something different. There’s something new about you and it’s beautiful! Happy New Year, Happy New Decade, Happy New You! Cheers to The New You!