A Fresh Start to 2014: Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa

(ta·bu·la ra·sa) noun, plural

  1. a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.
  2. anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state.
  3. (origin Latin): 1525–35; scraped tablet, clean slate

A New Year

After the ball drops and the countdown has officially welcomed in the New Year, we wake up wondering…what is next?
  • An optimist thinks about new relationships, engaging new projects, and exciting adventures the coming year will bring.
  • A pessimist worries over the same relationships, dreading unpleasant projects, rehashing misadventures, carrying forward baggage from the previous year.

Do you see yourself as The Optimist, The Pessimist, or Both?

Perhaps preparing for the coming year we need to start with tabula rasa, a clean slate.
We cripple our ability to have a fresh start when we hold ourselves captive to other peoples desires and expectations in unhealthy, codependent ways. 
If we get painfully honest with ourselves, each of us has important people in our lives who have no desire to see us rise above our present circumstances and achieve more in life.  This is not always because they are lousy people… we just make them uncomfortable.
Don’t be shackled to other people’s expectations.
-Daniel Pink

How to Have an Amazing Year

CLICK HERE to link to a fantastic podcast from the Smartpassiveincome.com blog, it is worth your time to listen and take note of this interview with Michael Hyatt, the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. The podcast is called “SPI 093: How to Make Next Year the Best Year Ever! Goal Setting, Resistance and Priorities with Michael Hyatt

CLICK HERE for an excellent guide to goal setting for beginners on michaelhyatt.com

Goal Setting for Foster Families

As I type this, I can imagine you laughing to yourself, wondering how in the world you would have time to teach goal setting with your foster kiddos?? Keep it simple. Discussing your kiddo’s goals does not have to be complicated and lengthy. Having this “goal setting” conversation will give you amazing insight into what they really want.  It may open them up to considering new ways of looking at life.  A consistent theme from foster alumni is that foster children need to be heard. If you take the time to help your kiddos identify one or two things that are important to them and then guide them to create consistent, simple daily actions that will move them toward their goal – you will start building healthy habits that will transform their character and create a positive bond among you.

“Lack of consistency is the subtle but great stealer of dreams & desires.”  Darren Hardy


tabula rasa. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved January 01, 2014, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tabula rasa

“Write It Down Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want and Getting It.” by Henriette Klauser

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