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  • Writer's pictureLinda Peterson

Who Do You Want to BE in 2023?

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” 

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I always enjoy the end of year reflection time—looking back over the blessings and challenges of the previous year and thinking ahead to the opportunities that await me in the new year. I stopped setting resolutions several years ago since only 9% of us follow through with those. Did you know that there is an official “quitters’ day” on January 19th? Resolutions often place the focus on what do I want to DO or HAVE in the coming year? Perhaps we should be asking a different question—Who do I want to BE in the coming year?

Who we become is immensely more valuable to the world than what we do or what we have. Becoming authentically ourselves is the daily work of the heart and soul. Jean-Paul Satre, a leading exponent of existentialism, referred to the idea of the possibility of choice. Our choices shape who we become, so in every choice we should ask ourselves, what will bring me closer to becoming the best version of myself?

You, too, may enjoy this season of reflection and possibilities so here are just a few considerations that might help you come a step closer to becoming the “me I want to be in 2023.”

  • I am the kind of person who ____________________________. (Use this positive statement rather than I wish I was ______________ or I’ll never be ____________ or I can’t _________________.)

  • What or who do I need to release from my life to become authentically me?

  • What are my gifts and how can I use them to be of service to a world in need?

  • What changes do I need to make in myself (not others) to become who I want to be?

  • Always place your focus on what you want more of in your life rather than what you want to avoid.

Slow down and take some time for yourself over the holidays and we will meet again in 2023!

Blessings ~ Coach Linda

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