New beginnings

new-beginningsA New Year provides an opportunity for new beginnings. Take charge of your life by taking care of your physical, mental and psychological health. Actually, this order should be reversed. It should be take care of your life by taking care of your psychological and mental health first because your thoughts and psychological beliefs will determine your actions and your happiness and satisfaction. Your mental and psychological status affects your physical health.

To guarantee success before you begin your new program, start by challenging one or more of your long-held beliefs about yourself. Disregard what you have been told if it is limiting, negative or demeaning to you in any way. Many of the assessments made by others about an individual are frequently not accurate. Discard erroneous assumptions about who and what you are and what you are capable of accomplishing.

Face your fears of inadequacy and failure. Face your fears of disappointing others and your fear of being uncovered and exposed. Do not let shame over who you are or shame over your past behaviors deter you. Resolve all of your shame issues in your own mind and psyche before you begin any action. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and to take a risk and be true to yourself. Dismiss, silence and dispel all of your doubts about yourself and what you are capable of accomplishing.

Make your mind and your personality a “tabula rasa”. Make them a blank slate from which all previous ideas which have been imprinted upon it, have been erased. Make yourself into a clean slate so you can write on it and create something new, fresh, unmarked and uninfluenced on the slate of your persona. Write and believe only those things that you know to be true about yourself deep down in your heart.

Focus on a dream and devise ways to achieve it. Develop a strategy. Commit to it.

Anticipate the feelings of pleasure you will experience when you do attain it.

Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305- 788-4864,

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