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Less is More, so Let’s Celebrate First!

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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”  -Oprah Winfrey

Point to Ponder:
Have you taken the time to stop, look back and celebrate all that you did in 2015, or have you already begun setting goals, resolutions and making changes?

iGnite Neissa

by Neissa Brown Springmann

It’s time to celebrate! That’s right, instead of setting new goals, and making resolutions and big changes, we are going to apply the proven strategy of focusing on less, rather than more. By simply sitting quietly for a short bit, we set ourselves up to have another meaningful, inspiring, intentional, productive and amazing year. What this means is we are going to celebrate and be grateful for 2015 first.

You may have noticed that I didn’t use the phrase, “set ourselves up to have our best year yet”. My reasoning is because our thoughts and words are power. When we use the term, “have our best year yet”, we are unconsciously putting an incredible amount of pressure on ourselves, while “dissing” last year (“diss” is slang for disrespect). And, saying “we are going have our best year yet” reminds me of my anticlimactic Junior and Senior Proms. The expectations were set so high that they could never be met, and the let down was inevitable.

You may have celebrated 2015 on New Year’s Eve, but it is likely that you were not alone during any part of the New Year. So, since there is no rush to plunge into big change, you can sit quietly and thoroughly think back….solely focus on you. Spend a moment looking through one whole year’s worth of photos, as well as through your day planner. That is where the real information and truth exists.

Interestingly, it is not human nature to start with gratitude, successes, unexpected wins and accomplishments of the previous year. Focusing on the one hundred things we didn’t accomplish, however, fogs the things that matter..the experiences that lay the groundwork for what is to come. So go to the proof that’s in the photos and planner, and you will experience exactly how meaningful, productive, inspiring and amazing your year really was. Without that quantitative data, we tend to look past the small but true events that create a very special and one-of-a-kind year!

So let’s do this — prepare for another memorable and important year by printing the handout and writing down (celebrate!) your 2015 accomplishments, unexpected wins and successes– no matter how big or small. And, to ensure you do it, find an accountability partner! I have one and I am happy to be yours too 🙂 I’m just a text or email away (neissa@igniteyourlifenow.com 512-413-8497).

Action Item:
Set yourself up for a meaningful, inspiring, intentional, productive and amazing year: Print the handout and write down your 2015 accomplishments, unexpected wins and successes— no matter how big or small.

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Family, Friends & Being

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“Family isn’t always blood relatives. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”  -Unknown

Point to Ponder:
Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is behind you, how will you give yourself the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate?

iGnite Neissa

by Neissa Brown Springmann

As we continue to celebrate the holidays and enjoy this sacred time with family and friends, we want to thank you for being part of our family in 2015. We are so very grateful for you. There is not a greater gift that we can be given than the gift of sharing your life with us!

With the excitement of the New Year around the corner and celebrations awaiting, I encourage you to embrace the quiet and cherish every minute of the final five days of the 2015. While extremely difficult and counter to our culture, the ability to remain present and live in the moment is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. We do have big and strategically successful plans for you in the New Year (hang on to your 2015 calendars!), however there will be plenty of time to ‘do’. Until then, this is a great opportunity to practice the ‘less is more’ philosophy, allow your focus to be set on long naps, Lifetime movies and simply ‘being’.

Action Item:
Practice the ‘less is more’ philosophy, live in the moment and allow your focus to be set on simply ‘being’.

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