Today is 1/1/11 – a significant date on many levels.  Every New Year’s gives us an opportunity to reinvent ourselves and begin in a new and fresh way.  Let this fresh start serve as a reminder that we create our lives according to our beliefs each day.  And simply by choosing to live happily, we are automatically setting ourselves up to benefit from a heightened state of mind.

New Year’s has always been about goal setting and choosing to live differently than we have in the past.  Sadly, most people simply use resolution setting as an excuse to procrastinate or put off their goals and dreams to some “other time” in the future.  The problem with this is that we are not living in the present and end putting off our happiness, success & dreams to some time other than now.  The key to reinventing yourself lies in fostering good habits that you repeat consistently on a daily basis.  This is accomplished by living consciously – no easy task.  First you make your habits, and then your habits end up making you.

Take for example someone who smokes cigarettes or bites their nails.  Many people create an association in their mind that creates a link or identity with the above mentioned habits.  For many smokers, cigarettes become their means of socialization, or even in some cases, meditation.  I can’t tell you how many people I know who say they wish they could quit smoking but always find some excuse not to.  What they don’t realize is that maybe they really don’t want to quit after all!  That’s totally fine too, but just don’t lie to yourself!  I know many smokers who have no problem quitting at all – in fact, they’ve done it hundreds of times!  If they really want to choose to live a healthy life, perhaps they should focus more on finishing smoking.

If you are struggling with destructive habits don’t feel bad or guilty and simply realize that you are not alone.  Also recognize that you do have a choice and you can change if you so desire.  What most people don’t realize is that subconsciously maybe they really don’t want to change at all.  Sometimes the sweet taste of addiction on their breath is just too tempting to let go of.  I know this feeling because I’ve been there and struggle with self-destruction like so many others.  Do realize however that we are all confronted each day with our free will to choose constructively or destructively.  Do we decide to exercise today or just get high and chill out?

A personal challenge for me is to accomplish a list of goals I have written out for myself for 2011 – and this is a great start for anyone looking to make positive change.  By simply writing out your goals in a journal or Visioning notebook you are already taking a powerful step to freedom, personal growth and accomplishment.  Reading your list of goals every day and (this is important) taking concrete steps and action to accomplish them will bring you unprecedented evolution and success.

What really gets me is people who say their too old to do this or that or say something like, “I already had my chance when I was young and I chose a different path or I blew the opportunity.”  Well I can only tell those people one thing and that is that NOW is the only opportunity.  There is do or do not – there is no try.   I don’t care if your 16 or 60, if you’re alive and on this Earth than your job is to grow, to change and to contribute to the evolution of our collective society.  Begin simply with your own life by making changes that you know are good for you – and for God’s sake, do it in the present!

Maybe start with something simple like turning off the water while you brush your teeth or soap up in the shower.  My geology professor in college asked how many people would think to do something like that and said that likely not very many.  He pointed out that people don’t think about conserving water because we’ve always had an abundance of it.  However, in the future our race is not going to have an energy problem (because there is literally so many ways we can create energy) but rather a fresh water problem – which is far more scarce.   By living consciously we are not only benefitting ourselves but also our planet and society.

If making changes in your own lifestyle seems too difficult at first than begin with the simple above mentioned tips for “greener living” and do our dear Mother Earth and future generations a favor in the process.  This will be an easy and simple step to put you on the path to personal change in your own life as well as pave the way to a bright green future for our planet. 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

Wishing all my readers a most happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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Anthony is the Founder & Publisher of Conscious Connection. Over a ten year career, he has worked with iconic brands to develop integrated marketing campaigns that deliver impact and ROI at-scale. He graduated from Rider University with a degree in marketing & philosophy and also speaks regularly on marketing trends at conferences like SxSW, Sustainable Brands and Digiday.

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