If time and money were no object, is there anything you’d change about your life?
Would it be your job? Your relationships? Where you live? How you look or feel? Would it be making time for a passion project? Would it be going back to school? What would you do if you thought you could? If you couldn’t fail? If you believed in endless possibilities? And how would making that change improve your life?
So this is where we begin. Imagining something new and different for ourselves is the first step to actualizing change and finding greater fulfillment in our personal and professional lives. January is a natural time for resolution—every blog post, every daytime talk show, every gym membership points to the New Year as an ideal occasion for transformation—but you are free to start on a new path whenever you want, whenever it makes sense for you. It doesn’t matter if it’s January 1st or January 31st, the first day of school or the first day of spring. Are you ready now?
Just Start: Buy a notebook—an actual physical notebook. I have a ton of them. Pick up a cheap one from the bin at your local dollar store, or purchase the hand bound leather-covered journal of your dreams—whatever floats your boat. I’m rather particular when it comes to writing instruments, so I like to have a bunch of my favourite pens handy, too, in a rainbow assortment of colours. Basically, get what you need to be mobile. Get off the computer for a while and exercise some different muscles. You may do all your brainstorming at the kitchen table, in your office, or sitting on your front porch, but you might also use your morning commute on the subway or your lunch break on a park bench to do some blue-sky thinking. Make a date with yourself or a friend to sit in a coffee shop and scribble down your thoughts and ideas. Go to a museum or gallery. Take a hike in the woods or stroll along the boardwalk. Find a place to be alone with your thoughts, or find the loudest, brightest, busiest place you can imagine. Inspiration strikes us all in different ways and at different times. The important thing is to start making a record of your wishes for yourself. We all have gaps in our lives that we’d like to bridge, whether we want to lose 20 pounds, learn another language, or find the cahones to sing in public. And there are no ceilings on possibilities. Ask yourself again: “What would I do if I believed I couldn’t fail?”
I’m inviting you to join me for the next year. Whether you simply read and follow along, or you decide to play at home, 2015 is going to be chock full of trials, tests and opportunities for growth. Stay in the loop and join the Soar community by signing up for the newsletter—you’ll get new challenges, playlists, activities, workshops and more every month.
Picture it: Your amazing life, endless possibilities. 2015 could be your year to soar.
Happy New Year
Shake It Off
Change Gonna Come
Know Who You Are (Duet with Alicia Keys)