With 2008 here, have you started thinking about what's ahead? Will your New Year be better than 2007 or at least as good? Will your relationships, health and income improve or at minimum, not get worse? And, can you do anything to make it better? Or do you find one year melting into the other and nothing changes?
If nothing changes in your life for the better year after year, this article is for you.
Positive change comes not only from using feng shui in your surroundings, but also with your thinking. This year, rather than looking forward to the New Year and wondering just what you should do about resolutions and changes in your life, take a look back first.
Have you resolved the issues you wanted to resolve in the past 12 months, such as relationships that are not working or a job that is not fulfilling or paying what you deserve? Have you made decisions or completed things you've been working on that should have been done several years ago, or at least completed by the end of this year? Do you have a pattern of holding over one decision or another year after year?
Resolve unfinished things first
Before you look forward to the New Year, look back over the past year to see what has been left unfinished. When there are many unfinished projects, issues or decisions left at the end of the year, you will take their energy into the New Year as clutter. And, that clutter will prevent you from having a new year that begins with new energy, new thinking, new ideas and new results.
The first step to creating positive, new energy in the New Year is to eliminate as much old stagnant energy as possible. Review and evaluate the past 12 months to see what needs to be resolved, then try some of the following positive energy solutions:
* If you are agonizing over making a long-term investment, come to a decision and get on with your life. If you don't, you will transfer that same agonizing energy into the New Year and it will reside there as clutter until you finally make your decision.
* If you are in a relationship that simply is not working, make a decision today to move on and then do it. It does not serve you or the other person well to continue a relationship that is not what you want or is not going anywhere. This type of negative energy can be very suffocating and even result in poor health over a long period of time.
* If you are looking for a new long-term relationship then quit talking about it but do something about it. If you have been unsuccessful in finding the right person to share your life with in the places you've been looking, find other activities to participate in that would provide you new opportunities to meet people. You will find the relationship you are looking for only when you completely focus positive energy on finding an appropriate relationship for you.
* If your health is an issue and you used to feel better when you worked out or did yoga on a weekly basis but quit because of a time crunch or an emotional setback, make a decision to get back into the habit of participating in weekly physical activity. Don't just think about it. If physical activity makes you feel better, do it. Your spirits and health will both improve.
* If you hate going to work because you are under appreciated and underpaid, research your options. Find all the possible opportunities available that will pay you or can lead to the income you want and will also provide a sense of accomplishment and recognition. If you do not find many options in your field, look into other fields of work that can use your talents. Staying indefinitely at a job you hate is very stressful. Once you find all of your options take action so you can be in-control of your life, not your current employer.
Plan now for a successful 2008. Eliminate as much unfinished business clutter as possible before the end of this year so new energy will be your only companion as you transition into the New Year.
The most successful new beginnings are ones where the old energy has been shifted out of your life, making room for positive, new energy that is supportive of the new future you are creating.
If you plan for a better new year, you will have a better new year.
Pat Heydlauff is a feng shui consultant, public speaker, columnist and artist. For feng shui consultations and energy design work in the home or office call her at (561) 799-3443 or e-mail her, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her Web site, www.energy-by-design.com.