Rain Rain Go Away

Welcome to 2011.

Like so many others I have watched with horror the events unfolding throughout Queensland with the floods. We probably all know someone who has been affected by this weather event. I certainly have. Like so many other Queenslanders we were looking forward to getting away for a few days break over the Christmas period, however our neighbours braved the weather and reported once they returned early – Don’t Go! Sound advice really, so we remained bunkered down and did some renovating instead! This smart snake managed to get himself about the water and hold on tight. It’s hard to imagine the level of water we have received since before Christmas. What a shame we are unable to have a big water switch that turns it off now that our dams are full.

The floods are a reminder of how mother nature continually surprises us. It is also a reminder of how we as a community reach out to those in need when they need it the most. It’s amazing how those who are right in the grips of the flood still continue to give, open their homes, feed those without access to food, round up livestock, give give give. It’s a reminder of how selfless people can be at the most difficult time even when they do not have a lot themselves.

What is in store for you in 2011. Work, family, friends, leisure time, exercise, sleep, study and the list goes on. Can you make space for other things like giving back to the community, to someone in need or become a patron or member of a Board.

1. Attitude of Gratitude

Stand on the ‘balcony of life’. Think about your level of gratefullness! What are the great things that are in your life, what has treated you well. It may be work, friends or family. When we think positively and are really truly grateful for the things in our life that serve us well, we create a new sense of thinking, a new outlook. The deeper we feel this sense our body releases different hormones and reactive responses to others around us.

2. Negative No Go Zone

It is really easy to participate in negative conversations with others without even realising it. Make a pact with yourself this year to stay in the no go zone of negative discussion. Hang around positive people. Seek out other positive people in the workplace. If you are in an organisation or position that is not conducive to supporting you, rethink where you need to be.

3. Goal Development

What goals would you like to achieve this year. Personal goals, financial goals, job goals, relationship, strategic, etc. Individual and family goals. Setting goals gives us something to strive for, to focus on and gives a sense of purpose.

4. Who Else

Who else could do with your positive disposition, your energy, your giving of your time or resources. Teach your children how to give of themselves and their time to others as well. Create a future where the next generation know how to engage an attitude of gratitude.

5. Re Assess

Are you where you really want to be? The question is if not why not? Your journey and destiny is in your hands. The only person that can change how you think, what you do, how you respond is you. You! Take time out to reflect what is important for you, your life, what you really want to get out of this year.

Here is to a dry Queensland in the not too distant future and to a great year that is truly satisfying for you.