5 Ways to Pursue the Best Dream Year of Your Life

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Starting buy at Art.comA new year means a new beginning. I love new beginnings because they help you refocus and re-calculate this amazing journey called “Your Dream Life.”

I have compiled a few of my favorite and helpful tips to help you live the best dream year of your life. There is no reason why you should take second best this year, there is no reason why you should not believe you can achieve those goals. There is also no reason for you to feel inferior as you are perfect the way you are, you just need to believe in yourself and make it happen.

With that in mind, here are 5 ways to pursue the best dream year of your life:

1.Today is a New Day, Start Fresh for your best dream year

Mornings should be your preparation period in which you set your mind to focus on you and what you would love to achieve for the day. We all have days where we are stressing from the minute we open our eyes. I ask you not to even go there. Who are you trying impress with all your unnecessary stress? It’s a new day, why not start it with a smile, with a prayer or even some meditation. Starting fresh is your ticket to an amazing day, give yourself permission to wipe the slate clean and start over. You deserve to feel amazing as you get ready to conquer your fears and show the world how magnificent you are.

Affirmation: I give myself permission to start my day with a renewed sense of energy, an amazing zest for life and I accept all good things coming my way today.

2.  Ask for help

As people we have so much pride that we decide to suffer in silence. At the end of 2012 I went through a very traumatic time which left me in hospital for three days. I kept asking myself “How did I get here?” as the nurse would add pain killers to my drip. I was in excruciating pain because of a bad gastrointestinal infection. I came to the conclusion that I was so stubborn, that I would NOT listen when people said “Sue, You are doing too much” I just wouldn’t slow down! Not even for a lunch break.

Yes we all love to multitask and feel like a super woman, but sometimes doing too much of that is not good. Asking for help will lighten the load and you can save yourself a trip to hospital. By asking for help I realized that I was not alone, and neither are you. Ask for help. Always remember that you are loved and that there are people in this world that want the best for you. Accept a helping hand.

Affirmation: I give myself permission to accept help from my peers and family so that my load will not be heavy

3. Practice compassion and offer hope

The one thing I love to do is help people. With my motivational talks nothing on earth feels as good as when someone comes up to me and says that my words of compassion touched their hearts.

We allow the world and issues get in the way of being compassionate and we tend to always drown in our own sorrows. For the new year allow yourself to be a part of a project that will affect the lifes of a few people as you give of your time to put a smile on their face. When you give, you receive. The feeling of giving hope is one where you only receive a blessed sense of accomplishment in your heart. So go on and try not to lose your temper when someone comes begging at your door. Practice compassion and make a stranger smile as you give them hope to live another day.

Affirmation: I give myself permission to show compassion on a daily basis and be an instrument of hope to others.

4. Embrace living in the “moment of NOW”

If there’s one thing I learned, it’s that nobody is here forever. You have to live for the moment, each and every day . . . the here, the now.
– Simone Elkeles

I was reminded of the short amount of years we have with friends and the ones we love. Life gets busy and you may see the new year as a new way to accomplish the hundreds of resolutions on your list. But if only had one more day to live, how would you spend that day? Your answer may be: to live and an enjoy every moment, every hour and every second by doing the things I love doing.

What is your answer? I challenge you to try and start each day with that question and write down 3 things you would do. In the day, pursue to achieve those three things. It can be as simple as brisk walk, enjoying a cup of steaming coffee or just looking into the eyes of the one you love.

Affirmation: I give myself Permission to live in the moment, to enjoy every second of my life as I embark on a blessed journey called “My life”

5. Remind you to love yourself on the road to your best dream

During a talk I presented two weeks ago, I spoke about loving yourself. It’s really sad how many times a person criticizes themselves on a daily basis. How many of us actually look in the mirror and compliment how amazing we look today, or be proud of a job well done? Or did your internal mirror conversation go something like this: “I’m so fat, I hate my hair, Why can’t I be good enough? Cant this day be over, I’m such a mess”

Our internal conversation is as important as what we project externally. It’s no secret that we find more imperfections in our daily lives. We put ourselves last and promise yourself that we will do that in a few weeks. Why give back to yourself in a few weeks? Why not do it now? What are we waiting for?

If there is one thing that I have learned is that If I don’t love myself, no one else will. We put so much pressure on people to show us love yet it’s not really their job to do so, it’s ours. When you love yourself, you won’t allow abuse in your life. When you love yourself, you won’t allow the negativity to flood your mind as you know you are better than that.

Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it.
– Thaddeus Golas

Affirmation: I allow myself to love myself and put myself first from this day onward and for as long as I live because I deserve it.

As you are reading this I want you to:

Take a deep breath and let go of the past. Promise yourself that you will put yourself first this year and try to always give your best. Relax and enjoy your new year and be excited as it’s a clean slate. So Pursue to give yourself permission to make this year absolutely fabulous!

Just Pursue It!

Sincerely Sue

  • Catherine

    Great thoughts on the new year!  How are your motivational speaking goals coming along?  I bet you have some great advice for mothers of toddlers and how to pursue your dreams while chasing down an infant….;-)

    • Thanks Cath! 

      They are going well. I have a special treat for the readers in the next few weeks. Yes Aliya has been home for three weeks, Lets just say I’m a fit mom for 2013 from all the running after her. I definitely learned a thing or two about spending time with my toddler. I plan to share them in 2013 for sure.Mwa

  • Ask for help… that is one thing I really suck at. Just ask Cath :) We suffer from the same affliction and luckily are close enough we can call each other on it (when we catch it!). I typically get completely buried before asking, but am getting a little better at it as the years go on.


    • That makes two of us. But this year I’m making changes, I scream for help before I lose myself in the work, just to find out I’m several stories under my challenges. Not this year. Thanks to you and Cath for your help, you both were awesome in 2012. Love you both!