Aloha!  I hope you’ve had an awesome start to the new year.  I’m just getting back into the swing of things. I spent about six days at a place where you do yoga and some R&R but what I used it for was to get clear on my vision for 2020.  I think this is so important. 

So, I’m asking you, what is your vision for yourself in 2020?

How often do you take the time to sit down and be quiet, just with your thoughts and flush out some things that you’d like to be do or have? 

 At the end of 2020, how do you want to feel? Do you want to feel enthused with more joy, gratitude and abundance?  Do you want to be of service?  Sit down and think about emotions and things that you would want to feel at the end of the year. You need to set a vision in place and it’s important for you to take that quiet time for yourself.

If you don’t make yourself a priority along with your vision and your dreams trust me, no one else will.   

I know that might sound harsh.  You might be thinking, “Oh, but that’s selfish. I can’t take that much time. Laura, you went away for five days to think about your vision. I can’t do that.” Well, you don’t have to do that per se, but you could create solitude and quiet, a little bit of an oasis in your own home, even if it’s just for a few hours, where you close the door and it is your time.  

You have to carve that time out for yourself.  It’s essential because, if you don’t make you a priority, nobody else will.   And here’s the thing, you’re going to be more effective taking care of other people when you put on your oxygen mask first. When you take care of yourself. I know that I can give a whole lot more and I can be a heck of a lot more present when I have my head on straight and I take care of myself first. I start my day with my daily practice of meditating and getting clear, making sure that the things that I’m doing are in alignment with my theme for the year, my vision, my goal.   When I do some of those things, first, before I check email, before I start to see other people’s requests of me, I’m much more present.   When I’m focused I can be of greater service to my clients, to my family and to my friends. 

Have a little shift in perception in terms of what you think is selfish and what’s not. Taking care of yourself is very selfless because you’re going to be much more present and you’re going to be able to offer 100% all of you to all of your friends and the people that you want to give to the most.

So for 2020, I want you to take time for yourself and if you need help doing that, I have some tools that I would gladly give to you. Just let me know, message me, and I absolutely will help you. I can get on a call with you to get you pointed in the right direction. But first and foremost, you have to find that quiet space because creativity is not going to emerge in chaos.

When I was on my way to my R&R place, I started to lose my voice, coming down with whatever is going around. I never get sick. But that was an indication to me that I was running too hard and I know better, right?  I needed to take that break and that R&R came just in time.   We have these pauses in life. Maybe it’s quarterly, where you do a quarterly checkup so you take care of your vision, get clear on it. 

Now, where do you want to be at the end of 2020?  How do you want to feel at the end of 2020?  What are some big accomplishments that you want to have?  These could be in your business, in new relationships, in your relationship with yourself, it could whatever that is for you.   Then take some quarterly checkups throughout the year and have that quiet R&R time. Whether you go off somewhere else or you have that away time in your home, it’s so important. 

I was reading this quote and it was so timely. It is perfect. This is why you want to have a vision. You want to have a destination you’re shooting for.   You want to have a vision because if you don’t, you’re going to be a play-thing for the universe. Whatever comes into your lane you’re going to deal with and you’re going to move on. This quote really resonated with me and it’s by Robert Highland.  “In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until we ultimately become enslaved by it.” 

That’s what I mean when we don’t have a vision for our life; things happen in our lives and then we get pushed around by circumstances.  It’s like we go on autopilot and we don’t even realize what we were doing.  When we don’t have that vision, something that we can really connect to, we become enslaved by that daily trivia and our subconscious mind takes over.  And before you know it, it’s six months down the road… we’re in June, July, and we haven’t accomplished nearly half the things that we wanted to because we were haphazardly going on about our year and one day was running into the next and the next and the next. 

So promise me, you’re going to take some time out to reflect. Think about what you accomplished last year? What were some of the things that you said you were going to accomplish and they just kind of escaped you. How do you want to feel at the end of 2020 when you look back and reflect at the end of the year?   Will you be proud of yourself for what you’ve done?   What will make you feel wonderful?  How do you want to feel? Then carve that time out for yourself to craft that 2020 vision so that you have something that you’re working towards.  

Think about the year and beyond and then break it down. Chunk it down into a six-month goal, a three-month goal, one-month goal, so that you’re on target. If you don’t make you a priority, if you don’t make your dream a priority, nobody else is going to do it for you. You have to show up for yourself first before you can serve others.  

Maybe you go to a hotel or a beautiful venue for a day or overnight, or maybe you take some R&R to just get some quiet in your mind again.   That creativity is never going to emerge, your true gifts, wants and desires are never going to come to the surface in chaos. So you’ve got to take this break for yourself. It’s not selfless, it’s not selfish. It’s actually helping you serve people in a better way, a more present and grounded way so you can have a greater impact in your community and the world and your family.

 Take some time to think about your vision for 2020.  If you have questions about any of the stuff, reach out to me. Message me if you want a little nudge in the right direction. I have some free resources that I’d be happy to share with you to help you streamline your thought process and give you some tools so that you can create that oasis in your own space.

Have a great week!