How to create success in 2013

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Successful Mindset(NaturalHealth365) If you want to create success for yourself in 2013 – you’ll need a healthy mindset. Expand your awareness; look at things in a whole new way and prepare yourself for the best year of your life!

Keep reading for a healthy perspective that will forever change your life.

This is the time when we usually make our New Year’s resolutions for the coming year. Most of us sincerely hope that this New Year will be better than the year just past. But what will really make this New Year new?

There’s a cute saying that goes, “If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” In other words, bringing your old habits into the coming year will continue to produce the same results.

What is a habit, anyway?

It’s something we do that is a result of inner programming. Habits are the outward form of an inner influence. Our habits are formed in part by previous conclusions held both consciously and subconsciously.

As an example, according to some psychologists, we crave “comfort food” most when we feel unloved or lonely. It is believed that our need to insulate ourselves from what we believe is a threatening environment becomes a subconscious motivation to armor our physical bodies.

We enlarge ourselves just like animals do in the wild when they face a threat. I’m sure you’ve seen wildlife shows depicting this; many animals will stand on their hind legs and puff up their chests to seem bigger than they are. Bigness in the world of nature is one type of protection. In the human world the threats are more subtle and persistent, as are the unconscious drives that influence our behavior – in this case, overeating.

The threat of scarcity promotes the tendency to accumulate. If a person is concerned about employment or economic challenges, it’s easy to overeat or to collect clutter.

Clutter is literally mentally confusing. It’s like having 10,000 items you somehow believe that you’ll one day need. Really? I have to laugh at myself.

This past year we moved into our new dream home. Packing up a place where you’ve lived for the last 30 years is a real eye-opener. There I was, throwing out cases of survival food accumulated back in the seventies that had long ago gone bad. Then there were the books I would never read again, along with the clothes I couldn’t or wouldn’t wear again.

Even once-expensive home furnishings were donated. What a sense of lightness we felt from simply letting go! The lightness of shedding pounds or giving away belongings you don’t need is exhilarating, to say the least.

Mental health and physical health go hand in hand.

Our habits are formed by our thoughts, and every thought we think is an electrochemical reaction. Thinking of all the possible disasters that could take place only pumps up our stress hormone levels and frazzles our nerves. Let’s face it: we as a population love bad news.

However, is there really any new news, or is it old news just repeating itself in different places with different faces? How about making it a habit to turn off the idiot box and stop listening to all the gloom and doom reports?

A very contented old man was once asked the secret of his happiness. He replied, “I don’t believe anything I hear and half of what I see.” Adopting his habit might just be a healthy prescription.

How silly can we get?

As we ushered in 2012, many people were speculating that this December would mark the end of the world due to the end of the Mayan calendar. Well, a lot of other things didn’t happen either: California has yet to fall into the ocean, and so far we inhabitants of Earth have escaped destruction by an asteroid. Of course, the world does come to an end for us individually when we die, although to some degree that’s mitigated by our habits.

And there are many people who have experienced great loss and suffering in 2012. The habits of lending a helping hand and pouring out human kindness are things we can vow to strengthen in ourselves.

This New Year, let’s focus on all the positive changes we can make. Let us live with courage and optimism. Why clutter up a perfectly good mind with all the things that could happen to you in this life?

Now, I’m not saying that prudent preparations should be discarded. It’s just that so many of the things we prepare for never happen, and many things that do are so unexpected that they would have been difficult to stop. Let’s face it: life is uncertain at best, so why not just resolve to live it to its fullest?

We may be far safer than we think.

I, for one, will be taking a fresh new look at the world in 2013 and nourishing the habits that will make it the best year ever. Will you join me?

About the author: Pre-baby boomer Peter Ragnar has written over twenty-eights books and published courses on every aspect of personal development. He feeds the thirst for those special individuals who are on the quest for human excellence around the world. His fascinating and unique line of products, including “Magnetic Qi Gong,” can be found at:

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