A Recipe For Success For The New Year

The Recipe For A Great 2017

There is a great old story that pretty much predicts the kind of year you’ll have in 2017.

It’s about a woman in a wheel chair who was moving into a retirement center. Her children had all moved away and her declining health made it impossible for her to live alone any longer. As she sat in the reception area waiting to be wheeled up to see her room for the first time, her daughter called and the nurse handed the woman the phone. As they chatted, the woman told her daughter the room was beautiful, and that she loved the new friends she was meeting.

When she hung up the phone, the nurse expressed surprise, saying she thought the woman had never seen the facility before. The woman replied, “Oh, I’ve never been in this building before, but I learned a long time ago that most things are about as pleasant and charming as I decide they are in my mind. So why should I wait for you to take me upstairs? I just decided I was going to love it here, and I bet I will.”

Isn’t that the truth?

In life our expectations, along with our actions, pretty much predict our results.

To make 2017 a wonderful, prosperous and productive year, make sure you go into it with (1) great expectations, and (2) a great plan.

Imagine a year of health, wealth and growth. Affirm that you will achieve your goals and that you’ll meet just the right people to help you along the way. Know, in advance that problems will be solved and that you’ll have all the resources you may need along the way.

I know, imagining a wonderful year may not “guarantee” it will happen, but it can’t hurt! If you’re going to dream, why not dream the best?

If, for whatever reason, you do want to make yourself anxious or worried, you know how to do that. Just focus on a few things that could go wrong, or think about getting sick or failing, and most people can create a “recipe” for worry. But why would anyone expect trouble, when for with the same time and energy you can affirm something wonderful?

Create a recipe for beauty, health, joy and prosperity. It takes no more effort, you’ll feel better, and for all we know, it might actually create some sort of “energy field” or “vibrations” that actually will create a better 2017.

Secondly, however, you will need a great system. Dreams, by themselves, are not enough. Get a calendar and plot your strategy. Have lunch and explain your “great expectations” to a trusted friend or colleague. There’s something magical and extremely powerful about telling your dreams to another person, especially someone who “gets” it and will cheer you on.

Great expectations and great plans are a simple two-step recipe that has tremendous power. Whether you use it to create a profitable business, a loving relationship or to reach some other personal goal, the key is the simplicity of the system. In life, we usually get what we expect, especially if we use a great strategy to make it come true. Here’s to making your 2017 a wonderful year!

Quotes of the Week

“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.”

— Harvey Mackay

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

— Goethe

“Don’t wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself.”

— Sara Henderson

“If you are serious about your goals, drop the conditions. Go directly to your goal. Be your goal! Conditions often disguise strategies for escaping accountability. Why not just take charge and create the experience you are looking for?”

— Eric Allenbaugh