Friday, August 5, 2011

25-B New Beginnings

The topic for this upcoming week will be Expectations!  Join me tomorrow to read more.

Before a new beginning can show up, sometimes we have to say goodbye to something or someone in our life.  Saying goodbye is never easy, but if we can shift our thinking, saying goodbye does not have to be all bad.  Have you heard the song "Second Chance" by Shinedown before?  It says "sometimes goodbye is a second chance"?  I love the message that sends.  Goodbye can be an opportunity, a second chance.

If we step into each new beginning with the optimism of the second chance it could bring, we may open ourselves up to even more in life.  When you are in the midst of saying goodbye, you may not be able to see past that moment, but once you can take a breath and step back, try to find something positive that can come out of each situation.  By shifting your thoughts, you can really change how you see life.  Begin to see things as positive and this is what you will get.  Start fresh and open yourself up for your new beginnings. 

Either journal about these questions or spend a few moments thinking through your answers.
- What second chances are you ready for in your life?
- How can you look at goodbye as an opportunity instead of an ending?
- What new beginnings do you need to create for yourself?
- How can you open yourself up to the optimism of each new beginning and what it can bring into your life?

Find something you need to change in your life and create your new beginning right now.  Find  your second chance and make it work!

Enjoy the journey!
Coach Gaye

Monday, August 1, 2011

25-A New Beginnings

New Beginnings can bring about so many different emotions.  They can bring about excitement for trying something new, fear of leaving behind your old routine or anger for having to change what has become normal and comfortable for you.  What every new beginning has in common is that it provides you with an opportunity to grow and learn.  When things are ending, like a relationship or job, try to look at the opportunity this ending may be opening up for you. 
 When we are faced with hard times and we know a change needs to happen, it is normal to have difficulty making those changes.  Change is usually hard for us because we are creatures of habit and we get comfort from a routine.  What if we can shift our thinking about this?  What if we can begin to see that the end of one chapter is really a new beginning?  If we can shift our thinking, we can look at change as an opportunity rather than something to avoid.  We can maybe even start to welcome change so we can begin to create the forward movement we need in our lives to help us find true fulfillment.

Many times when we are embarking on a new journey, it is because a chapter of our life has come to an end.  Whether it is going to a new job, having a baby, or moving to a new city, we are letting go of one thing so we can embrace another.  The one constant thing we have in life is change.  We are always going to have something new we are facing or some new situation to get accustomed to.  If things didn't change imagine where we would be.  Be open to your new beginnings!

Either journal about these questions or spend a few moments thinking about your answers.
- How can you look at change as positive?
- How can you see the end of one thing as the opportunity for a new beginning?
- Have you had a time in your life when you felt horrible about the ending of something, but looking back on it now, it really was the beginning of something new and wonderful?
- How can you find the new beginning in the situations you are currently facing?
- What new beginnings are you ready for?

What is something new you are embarking on in your life or something you are struggling with?  Can you begin to see the opportunity in this situation?  How is this going to make a positive impact on you?  Become aware of how this situation can impact your life in a wonderful new way and find your "new beginning"!

Topic 25 Bonus Challenge:
Think about something you are being hesitant to take on because it may be new and challenging. Get out of your comfort zone and don't let anything hold you back. Start your new beginning now!

 Seneca- Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.
Enjoy the journey!
Coach Gaye