Wednesday , 21 March 2018

On Your Mark … Get Ready … Stop!

By Deborah Viapiana-Ricci, TSB Contributor

What do you say we put “resolution making” off to the side for a moment and try to come from an all together different starting block…maybe instead this year… with recognition and acceptance.

Over the past couple of decades, some kind of metaphysical phenomenon has taken over, making us somehow believe there are more than 24 hours in any given day! Are you laughing or crying right now? Because if you are doing either, you just might be recognizing the outlandishness of this very present reality we are all surrounded by. Okay…so now what?

Let’s delve into the New Year by first asking a few thought provoking questions that beg for complete honesty, especially when we are faced with taking on any kind of new responsibility. Several years ago, during a certification process, I came across an article that outlined the importance of prioritizing our lives…This is my distilled version and whether you are dealing with either personal or professional issues, I found it will work for both. Here we go.

1. How will “this” affect the people I care most about, including me?
2. Will my “true self” be at the root of my decision?
3. Can I feel confident and reassured while doing it?
4. Is there a way to make “it” fun?
5. Who will benefit from it?
6. Will my life be improved by it?
7. Can my future be affected positively?
8. Will there be an opportunity to be creative with “it”?
9. Can I keep my overall well-being at the forefront?
10. Will I be able to work within the “healthy” parameters I have set?

Before any of us move on with all of those “well-intentioned” plans for 2013, I invite you to take some time to answer these questions in an honest and authentic way. I believe your answers just might reveal a direction you may not have thought of. I also believe we create our own “luck” so with a little forethought and planning, this time next year, we may just be wearing a hat full of success stories, both big and small.

Wishing you the very best of intentions while we all move gracefully through the upcoming twelve months.

Deborah Viapiana-Ricci is a freelance writer living in McKinney with her husband, Wil. She can be found trading in her timepiece for a compass instead. Write her at

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