Can you take time to see the sunrise today?

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”

Anne Lamott

There is almost nothing better than watching a sunrise over the ocean or the mountains. Every time I have allowed myself to sit and observe the dawning of a new day without rushing or focusing on getting to the next task, it inspires such peace and satisfaction with life. The rising of the sun is a harbinger of hope.  

The natural beauty is we have this EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Nothing has yet marred the surface, and each day is ripe with potential. Why would you ever give up? No matter what happens today, the sun will rise tomorrow. It is a beautiful chance to simply begin again.  

Photo by Dusty Holcomb

Are you willing to begin again?

“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

Steve Jobs

There is such joy that comes from learning something new. There are no expectations of perfection or mastery, merely the beauty of starting something without a preconceived condition of success.  

What prevents us from embracing this joy regularly throughout life? Is it the burden of responsibilities or the expectations of others? Do we allow ourselves to take a less risky and less exciting path simply because we need the “sure thing.”  

Fear, doubt, and worry about things that MIGHT happen is the harbinger of death for finding joy in a new beginning. Where is your worry? How can you remove it and enable yourself to experience the freedom of a new beginning?

Why are you waiting to begin?

“All endings are also beginnings; we just don’t know it at the time.”

Mitch Albom

If you could wave a magic wand and begin something new and special today, what would it be? More importantly, what would you have to END to make that dream a reality?  

What are you waiting for? Tomorrow, next week, next month, next year won’t make for a more opportune time; it’s just an unnecessary delay. Stop waiting; figure out the end so that you can begin. 

Break on through…

“Failure isn’t a necessary evil. In fact, it isn’t an evil at all. It is a necessary consequence of doing something new.”

Ed Catmull

How much fun would there be in doing anything new if you knew that you couldn’t fail? Perhaps more importantly how would you ever know how far you could go if you didn’t push to the point of failure?

Failing isn’t ever going to be fun but it is such a powerful ally in our growth. Perhaps the best part of failing is that you then get to learn exactly where the wall is, so that you can then step back and figure out how to break through that wall the next time!

I can honestly say that failure is the best thing I have ever done, it is what has fueled my most important growth in life. I can without a doubt say that I have learned more from failure than I ever have from success.

As “the doors” once wrote, you need to “break on through to the other side…”

Harness the energy to create the plan…

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

Plato

Yesterday I wrote how much I love the start of a new year. It is a great “line in the sand” that serves as both a mental reset and a starting point for new goals. I don’t believe in setting “resolutions” as all too often those are just loosely formed ideas that don’t have a plan to turn into reality.

For me the power of a new beginning isn’t the setting of a new goal, it is the energy that you use to create the plan that will make that goal become a reality. It is the energy that you need to create a new habit. It is the energy you use to springboard into the next stop along your journey.

Don’t make resolutions, make plans. Don’t let the opportunity to harness this new energy slip past unused. Take the time today to write down your goals and plan your next actions. The new year dawns brightly, how are you going to use it?

The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.”

Josiyah Martin

Change starts small…

“Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.”

Jim Rohn

Where does your life need to change? Are you willing to simply wait and be “lucky” in order for change to happen? To be sure we are all lucky in some form or another. But leaving life up to the vagaries of chance just isn’t an acceptable plan. To accomplish anything worth doing you have to embrace change and lean forward into change with all the gusto you have in your being.

I have found that some of the most important changes in life aren’t the biggest ones that I have embraced, but have instead been the small ones, done well and executed relentlessly, those changes have made the biggest difference.

Why is this? For me, I have found that the small changes and the willingness to embrace them, to get outside of my comfort zone, have been the catalyst for larger change. They have prepared me mentally and physically to let go of the old and embrace the new.

If you want to change something big, start with something small. Do it today…

A new beginning every day…

“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.”

Josiyah Martin

Every day is a chance for a new beginning. I know that I fall short of my capabilities daily and every morning is an opportunity for a new beginning. It’s easy to overlook this in life. We get caught up in what is going on and forget that we have a choice every morning to treat the day as a new beginning, a powerful chance to be more…

The first thing I thought of was the joy of finding Christ as my Savior and how that is a truly liberating and powerful new beginning.

‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

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