Life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change. Jim Rohn

Every new year, we think and talk about change, but change requires much more than resolutions to succeed.

The book “Get a Life That Doesn’t Suck” states we must close the gap between the life we want and the life we have by changing our thinking.

Here are just a handful of suggestions from the book:

  1. I have no choice. Instead, I always have a choice.
  2. I knew this would happen. This gives power to negative outcomes. Instead, think of what could go right. Positive thinking attracts positive outcomes.
  3. I will do it later. Do it now because action banishes fear.
  4. I’m exhausted, overwhelmed and burned out. Instead, I will honor my health because everything is better when I feel better.
  5. I’m all over the place. I just can’t get it together. This becomes: I will identify the cause of my chaos.

Only one third of us identify ourselves as happy. The reason is simple. Many of us don’t know what we want out of life.

It’s time to ask ourselves some important questions, a life inventory:

  1. What do I really want?
  2. How do I get it?
  3. How will it make me feel?

Perhaps each new year should begin with a life inventory, sort of like cleaning out a closet. What brings happiness and what diminishes happiness? What do we keep and what do we release in the new year?

If you struggle with this process, we are here to help. Counseling & Recovery Services is certified in the Sanctuary Model of trauma informed care. Sanctuary recognizes most of us experience adversity, traumatic events and stress in our lives. These experiences shape our behavior.  Counseling & Recovery Services is a safe environment where clients and staff heal from these negative experiences and create a life of growth and change.