3 steps to a Magical 2018
2018 is going to be magical. I can feel it.
In this article I share with you three tools or ideas you can use to create a magical 2018. I then invite you to join me in a webinar planned for 28th January where we’ll dive deeper into you creating your best year ever!
There three ideas are:
- Why reviewing the worst bits of 2017 is important if you are to fully embrace the coming year.
- How to utilise the wintry inward turn as a moment to plant seeds and soak up the magic at this time of year.
- Simplifying and turbo-charging next year by setting a single word as your intention.
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it..
- Roald Dahl.
As the sap falls in the trees around us we’re naturally inclined to turn inwards, to slow down, to nurture ourselves and our roots.
Most of the time we live in a continual ‘ON’ mode. Slowing down, reflecting on the past, re-setting, relaxing, being dark, inward and still - these are totally opposed to the general thrust of our culture.
And yet it’s precisely this energy of reflection and rest that is fundamental to all successful creation.
If you want 2018 to be your greatest year yet then make sure you are prepared. This means switching off, letting your sap fall, nurturing your roots, reflecting and learning from last year. By being inwardly focused at this time of year and you are setting the foundations for a magical and powerful 2018.
Now is a time for dreaming, for setting intentions and for putting your wishes out there into the universe. A time for praying, for nurturing your roots, a time for personal rituals of letting go of 2017 and for gently visioning and outlining 2018.
Let me guide you in this process. Feel free to use these ideas in whatever way feels most useful to you.
Tool 1: Review the Worst Bits of 2017
What were the worst bits of 2017 for you?
Why think about that (I hear you ask...)!?
Because it’s through those bad bits that you’ve grown and developed. It’s through the challenges that we face, the struggles and the difficulties, that we become more of our best self, that we become fuller versions of ourselves, more complete, more satisfied and more awesome.
A tree grows stronger the more storms it weathers.
Same with humans.
Recently I had a powerful sense of doubt and insecurity coursing through my body. Everything looked difficult. My relationships, my work, my creative expression, my friendships. It was totally unusual for me and I couldn’t get to the bottom of it for a few weeks.
Through focusing in on this ‘bad bit’, the feelings of fear and doubt and the challenge it was bringing me, I did a number of things: turned to my coaches and support network, wrote a lot in my journal, did ‘The Work’ of Byron Katie to discover hidden and non-useful thoughts.
The challenge led me to do this deep inner personal work. Through that process I uncovered something incredibly important and powerful.
A realisation that I had a story deep inside me that said:
“Being in 100% integrity is not safe.”
When I could see that I took immediate action. Delving into the memories and stories that had created this, getting them out in the light, releasing the fear, embodying my truth and making clear and exciting plans for 2018 that are powerful and authentic and in integrity with my deepest truth.
This was one of my moments of doubt and fear that 2017 bought for me. The resulting goodness of going THROUGH that doubt feels like golden wisdom.
By reflecting on my ‘worst bits’ (of which this was one) I acknowledge the learning and insights developed, the action I took to get there, and the changes I’m committed to making in the coming year.
Reflect on this for a moment for yourself:
What were the three biggest challenges you faced in 2017 and more importantly: What did you learn by going through those challenges?
And then crystallise out that learning and commit to taking it into 2018 with you.
Share below or with me what your worst bits were. Let’s have them out in the light. And then also share your learning and what you’re committing to taking into 2018. Just the process of writing out those commitments will deepen their potential impact in your life.
Here’s a video giving you a little more nuance and understanding of this:
Tool 2: Embracing the Inward Turn
Our culture has an incessant always ON-ness about it.
Always connected, always growing, always creating, always willing to socialise, always on social media. It’s relentless, neurotic, harmful, unnatural, unsatisfying and ultimately totally unsustainable.
If you want yourself or your business to grow and develop in 2018 then you have to embrace the inward turn that this time of year offers. In order for powerful creation to take place there needs to be rest, pausing, stillness, darkness, unknown and general ‘OFF-ness’.
In nature that is exactly what is happening at this time of year. Notice around you that the sap in the trees is going down into the roots. Nature is turning inwards. The leaves are falling, growth stops or slows, most flowers are dormant, the grass ceases to grow. Nature goes to sleep as part of the preparation for the awesome growth we look forward to in the spring.
Without this period of sleep, spring would not happen.
It can feel strange for us, life slows down, our business isn’t necessarily taking off, we’re feeling the need to be inward and retreat a little from the world.
If we’re living out of alignment and are not happy with ourselves on a deeper level then this inward turn can be uncomfortable. Part of the neurotic always ON-ness I spoke of above is because it serves as a distraction from an existential unease that many of us feel.
My suggestion is to embrace these feelings.
Embrace the inward turn, it is what nature is doing all around you and if we don’t flow with the seasons we’re energetically out of alignment with our surroundings. Not just out of alignment with how things look and feel but out of alignment with our inner seasons, out of alignment with the workings of our spirit, out of alignment with our natural creative flows and seasons of life.
Do things like:
- Cancel social arrangements and create time and space to be still and at home
- spend time at home sorting through your papers in the folder of ‘important docs’
- Get off the screen, particularly in the evening
- Reflect on the past year by drawing mind maps and writing in your journal
- Get rid of stuff, go to the dump or the charity shop
- Minimise your use of social media and fight the need to go out and socialise.
- Be with your partner at home reflecting on your past year together and making plans for the next.
- Light a fire and get cosy and crafty in the creation of Christmas presents.
It’s a time of year for turning inward. Embrace it and you’ll be surprised at how good it feels.
You’re nurturing your roots in preparation for a magical and kick-ass 2018.
More nuance and understanding at this video:
Tool 3: Setting a ONE word intention for next year.
If you could only have ONE word as your intention for next year what would it be?
Now is a really good time to be putting attention on the next year but to not necessarily be doing anything. More just dreaming, visioning and intention setting. Think of it like planting seeds.
I literally use that language with people I speak to about plans for the coming year. On Sunday I spoke with one of my current creative partners (coaching clients), let’s call him Andrew, about an idea I’ve got to serve and support 100s of doctors with their personal wellbeing.
Our work together is helping Andrew build his own personal welding rituals and practices. He’s noticing how powerfully this is impacting his ability to consult, to be emotionally connected to his patients, to dive more deeply with his addiction patients and to influence the doctor around him not to be prescribing so many drugs and to do more healing interventions. It’s powerful and the results are impressive.
We explored how this could be rolled out to a number of doctors through an initial ‘health check’ 30 minute consultation with me uncovering their personal wellbeing habits. There are obviously ways and ways this could be rolled out; connecting with doctors via regional hubs, speaking to leading partners in Andrew’s practice about offering this out to everybody etc etc.
In conversation though all the ideas felt forced, felt like we were trying to bring on spring immediately, felt like now just wasn’t the right time. We both feel the magic of this time and so I literally said:
“Hey Andrea, you know what. Let’s not do anything right now. Let’s just have this as a seed of intention that we’ve planted in this magical and nutritious soil of our hearts. If action spontaneously arises then follow it, but let’s not force anything.”
One seed you can plant for yourself at this time of year is the seed of a single word intention for 2018.
I love this idea of having a single word which can act as a prism or lens through which you’ll see all of your work, relationship and personal life.
This year mine has been body. This mean a prioritisation of all things body orientated. Yoga, meditation, music, breathing(!), eating well, running a lot (I did two cross-country half marathons!)
Through this attention to my body my business has taken off, I’ve become more embodied (obviously!) and more powerful. My music and voice have developed so much that I’m not often working as paid musician on weekend retreats.
I’m stronger and more health than I’ve ever been and this comes across immediately when I speak publicly or in person with my creative partners.
What will be your ONE word for 2018?
I’m curious to know. Hit me back with an email.
You could also share with me what you intend to create personally or professionally through focusing on your life through the lens of that single word.
My word for 2018?
More on how that will influence my personal and professional life in the webinar…
Here’s a video with a little more nuance and understanding on this one word intention idea:
Join me for a Webinar to diver Deeper.
On 28th January between 17.30 and 19:00 UK time I’m hosting a webinar diving into powerful personal practices and spiritual tools that will enable you to create a kick-ass 2018.
Booking link is here: https://create-a-magical-2018.eventbrite.co.uk
Here is what we’ll cover:
Why having ONE word as an intention creates a laser sharp focus that I’ve witnessed having astonishing results.
The year my coach has ‘Money’ as his word and he created $250,000 of income. My word for 2017 is ‘Body’ - I’ve prioritised my yoga and running, my music and voice. I’ve run in two cross-country half marathons and have become fitter, better balanced, more powerful and more strong than I’ve ever been. This has fed into my coaching work and my public speaking. My business has taken off and I’ve created more success this year than ever before.
All done through focusing on my body first which is enabled by my focus being laser sharp through my ONE word intention…
What would your word be that would have the rest of your life bought into focus and clarity THROUGH this single word intention?
There’s ben an opportunity to share your word during our webinar so we can witness your commitment to this for the coming year.
Why making resolutions is bollocks and how making commitments to yourself is a risky and yet totally necessary, powerful and fulfilling step to take.
New Year resolutions are notorious for not lasting. Ok. We all know that.
What do we do instead? Commitments.
We’re afraid of this word in our culture and for good reason. Most of us make commitments that we don’t end up keeping and then feel bad about having ever made them. This issue is understood through a concept called ‘Self-Efficacy’. This is your level of belief in yourself to achieve the goals that you set yourself.
What’s your level of self-efficacy like? Low?
Well, hop onto this webinar and I’ll tell you how you can build this important ingredient in creating the life that you want.
Sneak preview: One idea I will share is to make your commitments SMALL - this means that they’re so easy you can’t NOT do them.
But not only small, the rest I’ll share in the webinar!
Building your level of self-efficacy could be the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR in whether 2018 is the year or your dreams coming true or whether you repeat the
Why focusing on the bad parts of 2017 will have your learning your lessons properly.
Reviewing your 2017 is important in order to learn the most from your experiences. If you’ve experienced doubt, fear, unknown, insecurity, anger, resentment, selfishness, loneliness and any other challenge this year then GOOD. It’s in these moments when the greatest learning happens.
Capturing this learning, reflecting on how you’ve grown and on what you’re taking into 2018 is crucial to making the most of the difficulties and in helping you grow in to the best version of yourself.
Personally a recent period of insecurity had me realise that I needed more structure in my business. The insecurity was terrible to experience; I had long days of fear, of discomfort, of doubt, of not knowing and of trouble in many relationships. THROUGH that challenge I’ve created 2018 with simple focus, clear structure and a deep grounded sense of security.
I’m pumped to share this plan with you and help you create your own.
Why now is a brilliant time to be investing in yourself.
It can never feel like a good time to invest in yourself and yet if we want to make progress as powerful creative people then this is essential. In March 2017 I committed to investing £12,000 in receiving coaching from John Morgan. At the time it was more money than I had access to and so we had to create a payment plan. Within three months I’d created easily this investment and so paid off the plan in advance.
Investing in yourself doesn’t have to mean coaching. This week I spend £130 in a local running shop. That’s investing in myself through buying good kit that is aligned with keeping me fit and healthy. I’m eyeing up a fantastic pair of speakers that will cost £240 but seeing this through the idea of investing in myself and my music career has the purchase make a lot more sense. And, well, it’s Christmas.
Go crazy and invest now in yourself for 2018.
Even better is to align your investments in yourself with your one word intention for the year. This is a way of literally bringing your intention into physical form and manifesting it in front of you.
What would be your investment in yourself that would represent your intention for the year?
You can probably feel that I’m pumped about sharing this webinar with you. And it’s not only a webinar. I’m inviting everybody who joins to a one to one coaching session booked within one month of the webinar.
Here is how it works:
You invest £75 through Eventbrite at this link:
For this investment you will receive:
The 90 minute webinar from 5.30-7pm Wednesday 28th 17.30 January 2018
A 45 minute 1-1 coaching with me within one month of the webinar.
A copy of my ebook ‘Be More Awesome’ which will help you create your personal daily spiritual practice.
Any questions about this please get in touch.
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