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Want to reach your 2016 goals? Plan what you will THINK in the new year, not what you will DO.

Just around this time of year, things slow down a bit. Everything seems to take on a different rhythm. Stuff still gets done yet there is this sense that “in a few weeks, it’s a new beginning. Urgency can wait.” It’s no wonder that in these moments we can finally focus on goals for the upcoming year: lose weight, get organized, make more money, and spend more time with family. These are all admirable objectives. They are however things we plan to DO. I’d like to suggest that we spend at least as much time planning what we intend to THINK next year. A recent article I read, written by Ramiro Valencia Cossio, prompted me to contemplate:  What is?

  1. The most beautiful day?
  2. The easiest thing?
  3. The biggest obstacle?
  4. The root of evil?
  5. The biggest mistake?
  6. The best distraction?
  7. The biggest defeat?
  8. The best teachers?
  9. The most primary need?
  10. The worst emotion?
  11. The most dangerous person?
  12. The quickest way?
  13. The biggest satisfaction?
  14. The best medicine?
  15. The most beautiful thing?
  16.  The most important people?
  17. The most essential?
  18. The best gift?
  19. The emotion that is most limiting?
  20. Makes you happy?
  21. The most powerful force?
  22. The biggest mystery?
  23. The greatest sensation?

 

Let’s take a look and learn from a master. Mother Teresa answered these questions as follows:

  1. The most beautiful day?  Today
  2. The easiest thing?  To make a mistake
  3. The biggest obstacle?  Fear
  4. The root of evil?  Ego 
  5. The biggest mistake?  War
  6. The best distraction?  Work
  7. The biggest defeat?  Discouragement
  8. The best teachers?  Children
  9. The most primary need?  Communication
  10. The worst emotion?  Hostility
  11. The most dangerous person?  A lair
  12. The quickest way?  The right path
  13. The biggest satisfaction?  Accomplishment
  14. The best medicine?  Optimism
  15. The most beautiful thing?  Love
  16.  The most important people?  Parents
  17. The most essential?  A home
  18. The best gift?  Forgiveness
  19. The emotion that is most limiting?  Sadness
  20. Makes you happy?  Serving others
  21. The most powerful force?  Faith
  22. The biggest mystery?  Death
  23. The greatest sensation?  Inner peace

 

The good news is that we don’t have to BE Mother Teresa to THINK like her.

Enjoy your thoughts in 2016!

Ianna