There’s One Last Gift To Get. Yours.

I got an email the other day.  From Apple.  And they had this statement in it …

"There's one last gift to get.  Yours."

Most of us put ourselves last.  We're the last person we take care off.  Before Christmas I volunteered to do some gift wrapping for charity.  In chatting to the customers, I discovered that most of them had gifts they wanted to receive.  When I suggested that they treat themselves, all of them shrugged it off. 

Apparently, it's not the done thing!

Well, it is the done thing in my world!  I'm not saying you have to go out and be silly, spend money you don't have, or be selfish.

What I am saying is that if you take care of yourself, then you are in a better position to take care of others, and that includes rewarding yourself when you achieve

Here's a gift you should definitely treat yourself to …

Do you dream of a different life?  A better life?  A great lifestyle?
Would you like to hang around with whomever you want to, do whatever you want, whenever you want, and however you like?

I read on Facebook the other day a comment by someone who was complaining about all the New Year's resolutions and the reminders at the moment to set your intentions for 2014.  After checking the person out, it was blatantly obvious that they were not living their dream life.

The best gift you can give yourself is some time to really focus on who you are, what you want, why you are here, and how you be a better person.  And the beginning of a new year is as good a time as any to do that!

I'm guessing my Facebook friend will have another bummer of a year, and will still be whining about their circumstances this time next year.

I'm hoping you, instead, will have a bumper of a year, and will be celebrating your successes this time next year.

Most people set New Year's resolutions, and never follow through on them.

So, my gift to you this New Year, and hopefully your gift to yourself, is to give you some ideas and ways to put yourself in the best position possible to achieve great things in 2014.

Over the next few days I'm going to send you some steps to planning 2014.

Let me know how you go with them!

Step One – Define Your Purpose
What are the things that make you really smile?  What are you really passionate about?  What would you do, day in, day out, just for the pure pleasure of doing it?  And what would you do for just love, not money?
If you could do, be, or have whatever you wanted, with no limitations, what would it be?
What would your life look like?
Each of us is a unique individual, with unique gifts, abilities, skills and passions. There is NO ONE else in the world like you.  There never has been, and there never will be.  And that means that YOU have a reason, a role, in this world.  You were born for now, for a purpose.

If you go through life being distracted by what society demands, or other people expect, or have to instead of want to, you are not living your purpose.
Sometimes people will tell you that it is selfish to live your dreams.  It is, however, more selfish, not to live your dreams.   When you deny your dreams, you take away the impact that you will have on others, and that takes away from their lives. 
Be brave, start living your purpose with courage, integrity and intention.
You will be amazed at what will happen when you start to live with purpose and intention.  And this, in turn, will inspire you to aim for bigger and better dreams,
and you will leave a positive, lasting legacy. 
You will inspire others.  You will feel great.  You will be who you were born to be.
Getting in touch with your purpose can take some time.  Just start the journey, the rest will follow.

Putting it into Practice …

Take some time out and make yourself comfortable – remove all distractions!

Write this question at the top of a blank sheet of paper …

"What do I really want to do, and what am I really passionate about?"

Write your answers!

When you have done that, write this question …

"Why do I want this?  What will it give me?  What do I get out of it?"

Keep asking that question for every answer you write – eventually this will lead
you to your purpose …

Tomorrow …

We'll chat about setting goals … stay tuned!

And Remember …

Write me a comment below and let me know what you came up with!

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4 Responses to There’s One Last Gift To Get. Yours.

  1. Mike says:

    “Step 1″ – Defined goals are address and manage available finance. self education – ongoing learning, knowledge, travel in retirement, ancient history and Archaeology. Compiling my family tree.
    “Putting into practice” – clearing tasks to enable progress towards defined goals.
    “Why, what, why” Attaining these goals will give me satisfaction of giving and making information available for my children, and learn something in the process.
    Jenny, when I received your invitation, Maria and I were up at O’Reillys, and enjoying the area, and experience of the location. A Christmas gift to each other.

    I’ve finished full time work, July 2013. That was just prior to putting together a 4 1/2 month travel experience, from July till December, which included, friends in UK, Edinburgh Tattoo, Rhine River Cruise, visit sister in law in Israel, Santorini, Create, the Palace Knossos, Greece, Italy, friends in Switzerland, then Paris, Brugge, back to friends in UK, and finally returning to Brisbane on 40 day cruise through the Suez Canal. The trip was a lifetime passion, originating from my love of archaeology and history at evening college in the 70′s. The cruise, which included visits to the Pyramids, Petra, India, Singapore and Bali, was a memorable achievement.
    Thank you for the invitation, very interesting, I do apologise for long comment.

    • Jennie Brown says:

      Mike, thank you so much for taking the time to respond and share a little of yourself. And congratulations on being on the journey to achieving your goals and dreams.

      Your trip sounds wonderful! As an aside, my husband and I are leaving in March to spend a month in Rome, Israel and Dubai … as with you, one of my greatest passions is travel. We’ll have to compare notes!

  2. Angela says:

    Hi Jennie,

    This was a fantastic exercise. I’m so motivated and clear. I was um-ing and ar-ing about a certain opportunity and the many options I have and answering these questions and why I wanted them just made my choices so much easier. I’m pretty excited.


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