Today, 3 tips for how to get the very most out of 2015.
I’m Linda Fields.
This is the time of year when it’s great to stop and look at what has happened in our lives over the past year.
Look at the very best things that happened and also, be willing to even look at the things that have been painful, that we think have been a total failure. Then with these things in mind make a plan to move forward into the New Year.
So here’s how that works for me:
I watch It’s a Wonderful Life every year about this time. In fact, I watched last night with my family.
When you watch It’s a Wonderful Lif and let yourself just go with the storyline, you will find that there are three key lessons for you.
(1) First, you’ve touched more people in positive ways than you realize.
One thing the lead character in It’s a Wonderful Life began to understand is that he had impacted more lives than he knew.
This happened through a series of events including his guardian angel coming to help him in response to his desperate prayer. He saw what would have happened at in the world had he not been there, the lives that would’ve been lost and the stories that would’ve been different.
He became very aware that he actually had far greater impact than he ever knew and so that’s one of the first things we have to be willing to do in order to get the very most of 2015.
Take a good hard look at how many lives you’ve touched that you know about. I’ll tell you they’re far more that you have no idea you’ve touched.
(2) Second, look at the things you would consider an outright failure.
The lead character in It’s a Wonderful Life could never go off and see the world like he dreamed. He got stuck at the savings and loan and felt like his life is very small and he was defeated.
But once he took a look at what he had really accomplishing, he saw the beauty, purpose, and love he had for his family and for his community.
I’m asking everybody I know to watch It’s a Wonderful Life again at this very time of year and let yourself be wrapped into the storyline to see the lives you’ve touched.
If you think about it, you can easily identify one or two or three people that you profoundly impacted. Maybe it’s the coffee barista, maybe it’s the postman, maybe it’s a coworker, maybe it’s a family member.
People are desperate for a personal connection and when you look in their eyes and you call their name and you see them and you greet them you do something very powerful.
Now look at the thing that you would consider an abysmal failure. Be willing to look at it without it causing you to have to go to bed depressed.
Ask yourself, what can I learn from this?
Jimmy Stewart did that in the movie. He allowed himself to I get in touch with the extreme value his life had and the fact that even though he had not traveled the world as he had hoped, he had done many wonderful things in his job at the Bailey Savings and Loan.
(3) Third, look forward.
It’s a Wonderful Life closes with an endearing scene. Jimmy Stewart and his wife and his children in the drafty old house. He has a whole new appreciation for his life. I would just like to leave you with that thought.
Do an assessment of 2015 in the next few days with a profound appreciation for your life and the lessons. The great things that have been extremely difficult for you and get yourself positioned to enter 2016.
I invite you to join me for a webinar January 7th to find out how you can have the very best 2016 possible. Find out more and enroll at www.7m-pact.org/events. It will be at the top of the page. So join us for that time, and I wish you a very Merry Christmas.