As we begin a new year, have you made a plan for 2015? Did you know you could? Yes, you can! This may seem like a mammoth task, but not if you take the planning in phases, by topics or even by time. What are your plans and obligations for January, February and March? What parts of your life do you want to change? Motivation for change can come in a variety of ways. Are we solving a problem or trying to eliminate an unwanted situation? These motivations seldom are successful. Why not focus on something that you desire – a positive outcome.
The first step is a personal evaluation. Once you know where you are, then you can begin setting goals.The difference between our desired goals and our actual state creates a structural tension, which strives for resolution. This requires tracking your actions. Keep those records.
As you work through this process, you will have to make choices. A primary choice is something we want more than something else. Secondary choices involve the actions we take to support the primary choice. Sometimes, we have to make secondary choices that we don’t want to do, but we do them because these actions influence the outcome of the primary choice. We learn to have internal conversations with ourselves. If you will have these conversations, you will become more aware of what you’re doing when you make these choices. This is powerful, you move out of the mindless behavior stage and into one where the consequences of your actions have a meaning. The relationship between primary and secondary choices provides us with the key to discipline. With this understanding you will be able to accomplish more than you ever imagined. In 2015, Go for it!
Billie Nicholson, Editor
Our January 2015 issue of “Every Needful Thing” also includes:
The Magic of the Side by Stephen D. Palmer
9 Simple Tips to Prevent Antibiotic Resistance by Gaye Levy
and from Our Solar Chef – Vegetarian Chickpea Curry Pie
Don’t miss our January Special on case lots of fuel disks for your Cube Stove