If you’re reading this, chances are you live in a first world country, have a smart phone, a computer, obviously internet and most likely run your own business. That already puts you in the top percentage worldwide. You’re probably not a billionaire – so you’re somewhere between above average income & being a millionaire. You have a roof above your head, at least one warm meal a day and (statistically) park 2 cars in your garage. You survived this year and are (hopefully) of good health. So much to be grateful for – this is just the tip of the iceberg, so I just want to throw in a quick:
Would you agree that this year has been extremely intense? I mean, yes, each year when we’re on the homestretch to the next year, we feel “boy, this year has gone fast!”. But honestly, 2017 had some potent intensity that never ceased to amaze me. All. Year. Long. I am not even saying in a bad way – simply mind-blowingly i.n.t.e.n.s.e!! Now, being who I am, I see this as something very positive. I had countless & endless opportunities to learn. In every challenge you can choose to give up or open up. I chose the latter – every. single. time. For this skill I am grateful beyond measure. But I wasn’t born with it.
So, yes, we’re still with the good news! When I first started my Self Development Journey (estimated in 1992), I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. Not the slightest! (Of course you may argue that “Self Development” starts the day you are born – but let’s leave this up to perspective for now and move on.)
Back then I was running away from problems, drama & challenges. Well, let me re-phrase that – I was trying to run away – because, as we all know: there ain’t no running away from lessons you need to learn.
Fast-forward 25 years and today I embrace adversity (my new and much preferred word for “problems & drama) and challenges. “How??” & “Why??” I hear you ask? Because this is where you learn the most! I can choose to “try to run away” and prolong the lesson I need to learn until I stop running… Or I can choose to step aside, gain an outside perspective & look for the lesson within. It has almost become a fun game for me. I am saying “almost” as I am mindful with my wording. Not every challenge is fun, but oh the learnings are so darn rewarding *laughs*
If you believe in numerology, chances are you know that this year is a “no. 1” (2017: 2+0+1+7 = 10, 1+0=1). 1 stands for new beginnings, letting go of the old. You can read more about it here if you’re “fully into it”. Now, I am no expert in numerology – far from it. But I have also learned over the years how you can use it & people who are really trained in it can seem like magicians to you, or more like clairvoyants in some cases! (Bare with me, I understand I might be “losing” some of you here, but give me a moment or skip the next paragraph & read on!!)
The other week I met somebody at a networking function and we got to talk about exactly that – no.1, really potent & intense, creating new things, habits, skills, etc. And I was pretty much summing up 2017 as a year of sowing & massive growth and I was quite frankly getting ready for reaping. Well… this is where this numerology person hit me with the “bad news”. She said “Yes, 2017 has been extremely intense on a universal level – it was palpable world wide. But 2018 will be another “final tester”, to see if you really mean business – and then 2019 everything will just flow & flourish!” (Don’t quote me on the exact words, but something along these lines…)
So, numerology aside – the reason I’m sharing this with you is because it caused a slight sense of panic within me – and I have to admit, it took me a couple of days to mull this over in my head & come to terms with it & find my own way of dealing with it. And it brought me to the question: “Do YOU know how to deal with another intense and emotionally challenging year??” What do you do to keep yourself buoyant, emotionally balanced – and even more so: leap out of it & soar?
I believe 99% in live can be shifted with a different perspective and turned into something positive with relative ease. I understand this is a bold statement. But having spent a big part of my early life in emotional survival mode, I dare to say it out loud.
I’m glad you’re with me 😉
Sending you lots of happiness topped with warm regards
PS: Don’t panic, if this moved you in the slightest & you’d love to have a chat about 2018 and how to gain the skills to embrace challenges and grow from it, simply connect with me here!
Disclaimer: If I have offended anyone with my boldness, I can promise you it was not my intention. I appreciate that each and every one of my readers has got very unique circumstances. I truly hope you find the positive message intended for you in here! Important reminder: The choice of focus is yours x