Connect: reflecting inwardly

Connect: reflecting inwardly

Of all the activities in my book, it’s possible that the ‘connect’ suggestions are my favourite.

They encourage you (and me!) to stop, go within, and reconnect with ourselves.

My book encourages you to try all sorts of new things, but perhaps one of the most important is trying out new thoughts and ideas. Let me explain…

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always have what you’ve always had

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing day after day and expecting that the outcome will change – and this starts with your thoughts. How much of the time are you doing, saying, thinking, reacting, believing and expecting the same things you did the day before? Consider the possibility of changing one thing at a time, and your life will begin to change.

If you are quiet for long enough to listen to that still, small voice within, distraction-free, your senses and intuition will tell you everything you need to know.

To help this process, I’m asking you to turn to some words of wisdom from some inspiring writers and teachers. Use them as a tool and consider how they can help you to interrogate your own life, habits and thought patterns.

Here are just a few of my favourite quotes discussed in the book. Do any of these apply to you?

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland.

We can feel second rate when we’re trying to be like everyone else, or endlessly comparing ourselves to others. How might you feel, look, or act differently, if instead, you put your energy into being a first rate version of you?

“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom.

To what extent do you undermine yourself and sap your own energy and pleasure in daily life by worrying?

“There are only two ways to life your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein.

Practice believing in miracles, expecting miracles, and being on the lookout for miracles.

“Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” – Goethe.

To what extent do you trust yourself? In which areas of your life do you find it hardest to trust you? Could you trust yourself more on the subject of your own life?

Make time and space to be still…

It’s easy to forget to check in with your own thought processes, and with busy lives we can sometimes become more ‘human doings’ than human beings.

I’ve learned on my own journey that the most profound insights and peace come when I allow myself to simply stop, and introspect. My book contains one opportunity to read and ponder for each week of the year – so you can begin to turn towards a better version of yourself.

Including these connect activities, Have the Best Year of Your Life sets out seven areas where your personal growth can take place, and where joy, discovery and change can enter your life.

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