Good Monday morning to you. With less than two weeks left to this year of 2011, we are down to our final two themes for the year. The great thing about these last two weeks is we call them “The Holidays.” In less than seven days it will be Christmas. This week some of us will celebrate different religious holidays. In fact, our daughter, Jessie, is preparing a Hanukkah celebration for our family so we can experience a different tradition. One thing we all have in common? No matter what your religion is, you have a belief in something.
This is a week that will help you get ready for 2012, a week that can help you get ready for Christmas, or just help you come to terms with something we all must do to succeed. We all must have a belief in something. So I’ll call this week: “Do You Believe?”
For the most part during the next two weeks this part of the world is on autopilot. We are getting ready for times of celebration with family. And since not a lot of other things are going on, it is a great time to review what you have done in 2011 and see how you did with your goals. Each time we set a goal, we are actually beginning to take action. If we believe that we have a chance of making them come true then we act with belief to make that happen.
If you did not reach your goals in 2011, look at your belief system. Did you have a faith and belief behind them to take the actions you needed to reach them? We all know this week is the week of the Christian Christmas holiday, but many people celebrate other holidays, several of them at this time of year. It shows we all have a different belief in different religions. In some cases there are people who read this who choose no religion. But this still gives them a different belief system, and that simply reinforces that we still believe different things.
A few years ago, while working at Starbucks, we talked about the made-up holiday that was made popular by the Seinfeld TV series. I’m talking about the “Festivus.” I looked it up on the Wikipedia, and just like the line from the show, it says “it’s for the rest of us.”
Well I wanted to use this made-up holiday to show that, in life, if you believe in a made-up lie long enough you will come to believe it’s true. So while the TV show did not make up the holiday “Festivus” (it was made up many years before), it was just brought to light with the show. But when you invest your faith in something that isn’t true, it can’t sustain you through tough times.
I had another reminder this week; if you want to change your life you are going to have to make some changes in your life. So if you did not achieve the goals this year is it because you have changed your belief to something that was made up or not true? If you want to reach the new goals you are setting for 2012, it’s time to make some changes in your belief system first. So come back each day this week to see how you need to make your belief system work for you in 2012.