Make 2024 Magical!The dawn of a new year provides a symbolic canvas for personal transformation and growth.  It’s NOT the time to make New Year’s “resolutions” that are forgotten about by February! I can’t stand the whole New Year’s resolutions routine – it’s bunk!  The New Year (or actually any time of the year) is an opportunity to release once and for all old limitations, embrace newfound strengths, and step into your personal power.  The journey of self-empowerment is an exciting one that I encourage you to embark on with me.  You always have a choice to embrace your full potential and honestly, NOW is the time to do that.  Life is too damn short!  Decide right now that YOU WILL make those positive changes in your life that you have been meaning to do or have to do for your happiness and JUST DO IT by …

Reflecting on Your Strengths, not what you feel you did wrong!
Come on … stop concentrating on your perceived weaknesses and what did NOT go right in the past.  You’re human.  We all make mistakes.  We all fail at some point in our lives at something.  It’s all about your focus & whether you choose to get your butt up and keep on moving forward when you fall down!  Start the year by reflecting on your achievements from the past. List your accomplishments, no matter how small, and recognize the skills and qualities that helped you succeed. Understanding your strengths lays the groundwork for a confident and empowered mindset.  Write them down in a journal.  State those strengths to yourself in a mirror and really feel your power.  Talk to yourself in a bold, positive way where you pump yourself up, feeling a certainty like you have never felt before. You’ve got this – YOU ROCK!

Setting Bold Intentions:
Intend for what you desire to unfold.  Expect it.  Feel the vibe of it NOW.  Set your intention first on how you want to feel when that bold intention manifests this year.  Make sure those intentions are aligned with your top values. Define clear goals that challenge you to grow and evolve. Whether they are related to personal development, career advancement, or relationships, setting bold and ambitious intentions ignites a sense of purpose and fuels your journey toward empowerment.  I guide and encourage all of my coaching clients to compose a Best Year Yet Plan at the beginning of each year where these bold intentions are claimed in writing, with a strong and empowering theme for the year that resonates to the core of their being and guidelines to live by when bumps in the road happen during that year!  (e.g., always embrace an attitude of gratitude; allow for the possibilities to be pleasantly surprised;  always trust that the Universe has my back, believe that if it is happening to me, it must be good, etc.)

Challenging those Disempowering Limiting Beliefs:
Beliefs are magnets – they attract to them the energy that they are vibin’!  If you believe you can’t – you won’t.  If you believe you are not good enough, you will experience something that continues to make you feel that way.  If you believe that you are not good at running your own business then BAM – you will continue to prove yourself right!  Identify and challenge any limiting beliefs that may be holding you back. These beliefs often stem from past experiences, beliefs that were instilled in you when you were growing up or societal expectations. Consciously question the validity or each and every negative and disempowering belief you have and replace those crappy beliefs with empowering thoughts. Remember that your beliefs shape your reality, and by reframing them, you can unlock a reservoir of untapped potential.

Cultivate a Positive Mindset:
A positive mindset is a powerful catalyst for self-empowerment. Cultivate optimism by focusing on what you can control and adopting a solution-oriented approach. When my Dad used to say to me “Daughter, WE have a problem”, I would reply with “No, Dad … YOU have a solution waiting to happen!”  Did you notice there that he would start that statement off with “WE” and not “I”.  That’s a subtlety that I wanted to point out since often other people bring us into their problems and those problems don’t even belong to us or have anything to do with our life!   Be aware of those moments where others influence your vibe and step into your power to choose how to feel, how to respond and how to view a situation!  You always have a choice on how you perceive what is happening to you!  Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and learning and maintain a positive outlook even in the face of setbacks. Your mindset shapes your experiences, so choose one that propels you forward and ALWAYS embrace an attitude of gratitude for what IS working in your life (especially during those challenging times where you could easily focus on what is NOT working and get yourself down and discouraged)!

Stepping into your power in a brand new year is a transformative journey of self-discovery, intention setting, and cultivating a positive mindset. Reflect on your strengths, challenge those crappy limiting beliefs, and be hyper-aware of how others impact your state of being and your overall mindset. Choose your thoughts and beliefs wisely.  By embracing your authenticity, setting bold intentions, and pivoting those stories you tell yourself to empowering ones, you can unlock your full potential and create a life that aligns with your true self, bringing you abundant joy in this upcoming year!  You have a choice to take charge of your destiny right here, right now … DO IT!  There is no better time than this present moment!

Take charge of your destiny dammit!

Maria Lesetz

Maria Lesetz is a Law of Attraction Happiness Coach, Motivational Speaker and Certified Color Code Trainer as well as Life Coach for Physicians. Maria's clients refer to her as their very own "Personal Trainer for the Mind". She helps her clients to pivot their daily negative mind chatter to consistent positive thoughts and feelings, paving the way to abundant success and an inner sense of joy and peace that is second to none. Schedule your 15-minute complimentary Discovery Session today! Go to Color My Life Happy Discovery Session to find out more.