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Design Your Year


Last year I went to a holiday gathering at a friend’s home where she had us do an activity that I’ll call The 300 List. It was inspired by a video featuring Steve Harvey where he challenged people to write a list of 300 things they want in their life and he guaranteed that they’d get at least 30% of the things on that list in a year. In reviewing the list that I wrote last year, not only did I manifest several of the items, but many of them were things that I could never truly have imagined were possible in just one year. The level of attention and intention that I put into visualizing my ideal 2020 made it so that one of the most intense and challenging times globally turned out in many ways to be one of the best years of my life. Here are a few simple strategies to consider as you design your year. Rear View Vision. It’s understandable that many of us want this year and all of the hard parts that came along with it to just be over already. As trying as these times have been, there is value in looking back to reflect on the lessons learned. Think about the purpose of the rear-view mirror in a car. It helps us to move forward by allowing us to see what’s behind us. It can increase our ability to see blind spots that our side view mirrors may not capture. What you discover in this process of reflection can be used to inform how you move in the new year. Just as the rear-view mirror assists us in backing out of our driveways or parking spaces safely and without causing harm, taking time to look back will help us to ease out of this year and into the next well prepared. Manifestation Declarations. This year I am replacing goals, resolutions, and even intentions with the term manifestation declarations. This means that I will be making moves and decisions as if what I desire is already so. Think about what you hope to have or who you want to become and align your words and behaviors accordingly. What would a millionaire do monthly? What would a runner do daily? What would a new homeowner do quarterly? Insert your aspirations, answer the questions, make your plan, and then take consistent action. The Year of You. If we are not deliberate about what we put in place for self-sustenance, the new year could easily take off running and drag us. Therefore, self-preservation planning proves to be a necessary practice to engineer all of the areas of our life for success. I plan to look at my 2021 calendar and block off one week per quarter for vacations, rest, think weeks, or whatever I need most in each season. As the bookings and responsibilities roll in and begin to fill my calendar, those days will be protected in advance. This week I challenge you to set aside some dedicated time to design your year. Begin with reflection and use what you discover to inform what you want to manifest in the year ahead. Be sure to embed dedicated time to care for yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Manifestation Affirmations I am honoring the wisdom of my rearview vision. I am committed to periods of rest. I am worthy of consistent care.

Master Your Mindset to Manifest a Life You Love. Most Sincerely, Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide

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