Those of us who have created our Best Year Yet® plans are familiar with the phrase The Moment of Change. This moment happens after Question 4 of our 10-question process that leads to the one-page plan for the year. When we identify our most limiting belief about ourselves and release the energy that has held us back from reaching our true potential, we experience a moment of change.
The creation of a new paradigm enables us to step into a new belief that aligns with making the next year our Best Year Yet®. Our new paradigm creates an emotional surge that helps us live with passion and purpose. The top 10 goals ensure the actions that direct us on our journey for the year.
Beyond the Moment of Change lies this thing called life, and it is filled with a multitude of moments. It is what we do with each moment that makes us successful -- or not. Living from the new paradigm, moment to moment, leads us to sustainable change. Staying conscious about the direction of our paradigm and acting on our goals enables us to embrace the beliefs and behaviors that lead to success. The intentional practice of our paradigm is embedded in our lives and emerges as the new norm. Our thoughts are like magnets. Each thought we have has an energy that attracts experiences.
I am currently working with a 23-year-old woman named Jacie, who created her Best Year Yet® plan to get direction in her life and career. She has taken a temporary break from college because she is not sure what she wants to do with her education.
She is a talented basketball player and a gifted potter. She is considering a career as a Basketball Coach and/or opening her own Jacie’s Pottery business. Her paradigm is:
I am valuable and amazing and value who I am.
She did not start out feeling the strength of her paradigm, but she was committed to living into it and progressing her goals. Recently her volunteer position as a High School assistant basketball coach turned into a paid position. She has been given a great deal of responsibility for developing programs and is conscientious and committed to being a positive influence in the lives of the young girls she coaches.
On more than one occasion she has felt frustrated by the lack of leadership in the department and has had to learn patience in the face of unrealized expectations. She has learned to stay focused on her own development rather than on the inadequacies of the head coach and other coaching assistants. Each day, each moment, she meets the challenge of living into her own ideas, practices and purpose. She has always been a valued member of the staff and been energized by her paradigm to create her own coaching service for those girls who are looking for basketball scholarships. These experiences are examples of her living beyond the moment of change. Jacie is young and learning ways to enrich her life by paying attention to her gifts and talents. She is developing greater clarity about who she is and what she wants to do. Her direction is coming as a result of living each moment through conscious choice.
I, on the other hand, am at a different place in life, sometimes called the third act when you are over 65 years old. Every year I create my own Best Year Yet® plan because I know the rewards of living beyond the moment of change into the life of your dreams.
It took me years to break the cycle of fear that I experienced as a result of growing up with a learning disability. I was burdened by the thoughts of “it is too hard “and, “I am not smart enough”. These thoughts held me back and made me feel insecure. My breakthrough came when I knew I wanted a degree in higher education to establish a career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I was committed to that goal and willing to do whatever it took to reach it.
I was denied acceptance the first time I applied to the program but was advised to start taking classes and prove my commitment. After completing 3 core classes I applied again and was accepted. My belief began to shift to
I can do anything I put my mind to.
I have lived with that belief for the last 30 years of my life and have had a successful full-time private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the past 28 years. I will be closing that part of my life in a year when I retire and move full-time into my role as a Best Year Yet® Coach and Trainer.
The final story that demonstrates life Beyond the Moment of Change is about a blind man’s dream to climb Mt. Everest. His name is Eric Weihenmayer and he was part of a 19-person team that created a Best Year Yet® plan at base camp and set forth on their history-making journey. I interviewed Michael O’Donnell, the team’s Best Year Yet® coach and also Eric’s expedition guide, about the story behind the story.
He told me that the goal for him was not only to reach the summit but more importantly to set an example and change the perception of what is possible. The defining moment for him was not the climb itself but the change in his internal life that resulted from his Mt. Everest experience. He learned to step into his life and appreciate every moment. The gift he received from the Mt Everest experience was a heightened sense of awareness and living the life he was meant to live.
What is your Mt. Everest experience?
What are your dreams and are you living your way into them?
What are some of your Beyond the Moment of Change stories?
About the Author
Diana Baysinger, owner of Arizona Partners, has been in business for over 28 years. She serves nonprofits, leaders, individuals, students and teams throughout the United States and Europe. She is the Best Year Yet® Online coaching certification trainer and has trained over 55 individuals around the world to use Best Year Yet® in their business. You can contact Diana at arizonapartners.net or [email protected]
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