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A New Year Creates a New Opportunity for Personal Renewal and Growth

It was Albert Einstein who said, the definition of insanity is “doing the same things and expecting different results.” As we embark on this new year, I am convinced that we are surrounded with some of the greatest opportunities that we will ever encounter. The onus will be onus to determine what we do with those opportunities. We can just simply allow them to pass by as just another irritant to our endless routine of “sameness,” or we can stop long enough to seize them and profoundly change our lives for the better. I am convinced that all of us face this new year with dreams that are locked up inside and aspirations that need to be fully realized, but we might be fearful about taking the plunge. You see, the difference between people who do great things and those who do not, lies in eyesight; yes, I really said eyesight. Now, I am not talking about physical eyesight, though that is helpful as well. I am talking about the ability to see what others do not see. Like Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motors, he saw a car in everyone’s yard. We are limited by what and how much we see. The same opportunities that people like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban and a host of others see are the ones we have around us as well. Do you believe it? Well to get started right let us make a commitment that this is our year to renew and grow. Here are some practical steps:

  1. Shake off the holiday blues- Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for many people they are anything but. Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety of the holiday season—especially during the months of November and December may cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment. Dr. Ron Mercer, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the Center for Creative Living  stated that “In order to effectively recover from the holiday blues, you need to recognize the causes of your stressors and deal with it accordingly” . There are many local agencies and services available to help.
  2. Join a personal renewal group –We live in a time when many of us are feeling increasingly isolated and disconnected—from ourselves and others—and we’re craving meaningful connection and community. Start by being proactive. Find a support group, for example Mitchell and Smith Family Coaching Associates offers support groups or one on one coaching to help families create that perfect balance between work life and personal life.
  3. Discover your purpose in life – undoubtedly this thought flashes across your mind just about this time of the year “What is my purpose in life”? (Motivational speaker, Alvin Day, has a great resource for refining your purpose located here.)
  4. Discover a renewed spirit of purpose and meaning in your life. After the holiday season many people pull out their long list of resolutions for the New Year. In order to ensure we are able to

5. Discover hidden powers and qualities about yourself that you were unaware of. Start your dream business or take that bold step toward your new career. Join your local entrepreneur group or get signed up at class with SCORE today! ( get a university to sponsor or college)

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