Having a Clear Direction for the New Year

Hopefully you've been enjoying your holiday season and hopefully it's been Flu-Free! I don't know if I have the flu, but I did catch a Christmas Cold. Be that as it may, I've been taking some quiet time to reflect on the past year, refresh some of my online presence and do a little catch-up reading from one of my favorite motivational writers: Ralph Marston. I very much enjoy reading his Daily Motivator, and through the years, I've collected quite a few of his inspiring quotes. Some of his quotes and passages have inspired me through some challenging times. With the start of a new year - full of hope and promise ahead, and also filled with a list of all the goals plus resolutions you expect to achieve, I thought this Ralph Marston passage in particular could help you in the new year with a different approach...


Ralph writes:

You have great plans, and yet life is always getting in the way. You intensely wish to move forward, but all sorts of things seem to constantly interrupt and impede that movement.

But do those unexpected and unwelcome interruptions really have to hold you back? The fact is, you don't have to let them.

Sure, you must regularly deal with the urgent, pressing matters that come your way. But that doesn't mean those unwelcome interruptions have to take over your life.

Instead of seeing those interruptions as negative, distracting influences, you can just as realistically choose to see them as positive, empowering opportunities. Just because they weren't in your plans doesn't mean they have to upset your plans.

Decide that there's something positive to be found, and you'll find something positive in anything. Decide that the interruptions won't really interrupt you, but will in fact provide you with additional ways to move forward, and that's exactly what will happen.

Learn to welcome, embrace and empower yourself with the unexpected interruptions. They're always going to come, so make the choice to make them work in your favor. - Ralph Marston

Clear Direction for the Year Ahead...

Decide where you will go, and then go there. When you live by intention, there is no limit to the rich rewards that life can bring.

To get somewhere, you must first know precisely where that is. To achieve, you must zero in on the specific details of your intended achievement.

Whether it is for an hour, a day, a month, five years or five decades, clear and purposeful direction makes a profound difference. The highest level of fulfillment comes to those who can envision precisely what that fulfillment looks like.

Yes, it's difficult to hone your scattered ideas and desires into a positive, coherent direction. Yet you most certainly can do it, and each time you do the results will be amazing.

Give yourself a clear direction for this day, for this week, for this beautiful and unique life of yours. Give yourself a clear direction and you'll have a workable path to your own special greatness.

In whatever you're doing, choose a direction that will express your highest, most treasured values. Give yourself a direction, and give your very best gifts to life.

Best Wishes to you and your family for a happy, healthy and safe new year!

I'll be sharing my 2013 Rewind shortly - Thank you for stopping by and being a part of Focal Point Styling!


  1. Good inspiration. Just wanted to say congrats on the Fresh Home interview. Happy New Year.

  2. Thanks so much for this post Lynda. I find myself wanting to follow my dream, but doing this alone frustrates me at times. It's post like this that helps others to strive and to keep moving. Happy New Year to you. I am a true fan!! Thanks for the inspiration.



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