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spike bullet January 2009 - Forecast for the new year

Themes and trends for 2009
Suggestions and Tips for 2009
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spike bullet Themes and Trends for 2009

General Themes:

  • Back to basics
  • Clearing out the old "stuff"
  • Setting the stage for moving to a new, more expanded place
  • Re-evaluating what is important 
  • Finding inspiration to make it through the tough times
  • Looking toward a brighter future

For 2009, with the world economy teetering, we feel that this is a good time to go "back to basics" and re-evaluate our priorities.  Many people are being forced to do that due to layoffs, business failures, financial issues or mortgage challenges.

While painful on an individual level, we need to clean up our lives every once in a while.

Try to think of this year this way. If you own a home, you may find after awhile that it no longer fits the person you are or the person you wish to become, or you may need to move for a new job or for other reasons.

Before selling your home and moving, there are a number of things that must be done: House graphic

  1. You will have prepare for moving — mentally, physically emotionally and spiritually.
  2. You will have to decide how much your current home is worth and how much money you will have available for a new home.
  3. You will have to decide what type of home you want in the future and what you can afford.
  4. You will have to decide what is important to you: location, commute time to your job or business, closeness to family and friends, closeness to commercial services (shopping, medical services, etc), closeness to public facilities (parks, schools, etc.)
  5. Before you put your home up for sale, you will usually have to repair some things, paint or remove some items from your home. You will have to evaluate how much money to spend on those "pre-sale" items and what the overall benefit will be.
  6. You will have go through all of the belongings in your home and decide what value they have to you, whether you want to keep them or get rid of them, and what to take with you to your new home.
  7. You will have to select a real estate agent or other professionals to represent you in your sale and other dealings with the move.

We see 2009 in a similar way and can compare it to the example above this way:

  1. 2009 can be a time of looking at where you are in your life and deciding whether this is where you want to be.
  2. You may take time to evaluate whether your life (your job, your home, your relationships, etc) is giving you the value you feel is right for you.
  3. You may take time to evaluate what you want in your life in the future, what you can afford and how you will need to budget for what you want.
  4. You may take time to look around at your community and decide which of those aspects are important to you: location, commute time, closeness to family and friends, closeness to commercial services (shopping, medical services, etc), closeness to public facilities (parks, schools, etc.)
  5. As you start to look at your current life vs. your future life, you may decide to "fix up" your current living space, make repairs, repaint and/or rearrange things.  You may want to budget how you spend your time, your money and your other resources more carefully this year so that you have what you will need in the future.
  6. You may find that you no longer need or want some of your belongings.  You can sell them, trade them or give them away to make your living space more comfortable or to bring in some additional money.  Clearing out the old stuff is a good way to make space for what is yet to make its way into your life.
  7. You may find you are evaluating your relationships and who you choose to associate with — in personal relationships and in professional relationships.  This also could mean changing jobs, starting a new business, closing an existing business or changing direction somehow in your work life.

As you are looking at your current life and deciding where you want to be, you will need to find inspiration to get through the difficult times of our present world situation.

One strong influence in the United States in the past year is the events leading up to the election of our new President, Barack Obama.  All through the year of 2008, there was great interest in the primary election campaigns in the earlier part of the year and the presidential campaigns in the latter part of the year.  There was great enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton in her run for President and for Sarah Palin in her run for Vice President, in addition to the great enthusiasm for Barack Obama.

With Mr. Obama coming into the White House in January 2009, there is great hope for our country by both US citizens and many others throughout the world.  For the past 8 years, our political leadership has been governed by a very competitive Warrior energy that resulted a great deal of fighting (wars and otherwise) and a lack of cooperation in many ways.

In our Personality Game, President George W. Bush is a Warrior personality role at the Competing Perspective and he surrounded himself with many Warriors, some of them with Aggression and Dominance tendencies, that do not always work well with others.  (More details can be found on our Personality Game and Famous People pages).

President-elect Barack Obama is a Priest personality role, which is an inspiring personality type and he operates at the Relationship/Partnership Perspective.  In other words, he is very effective at inspiring large numbers of people and working well with others.  A great example of Barack Obama's ability to create good teams is his "team of rivals" of Cabinet officers.  Mr. Obama has been compared with Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Teddy Roosevelt – very difficult expectations to meet, yet many people feel inspired and hopeful in spite of the difficult times that those former presidents dealt with.

This change in political leadership in the US is like taking a 180 degree turn, so it will take a while for people to adjust to the difference though it has already generated a great deal of enthusiasm among many people who were tired of the competition and constant fighting aspects of Mr. Bush’s presidency.

During the term of Barack Obama’s presidency, we expect to see great strides forward again in working toward common solutions rather than the individual greed that has lead to the collapse of the financial services industry.  The personality dragon of Greed eventually slides to Self-Destruction, which we can certainly see happening all around us in one institution after another as their leaders have stolen or destroyed whatever value was there at one time.  In some cases, there was never a solid foundation – just a fragile illusion of something solid that could not have lasted very long.

Many of our economic and social structures need to be reviewed and rebuilt with a more solid foundation — one that is built to last not solely designed to enrich a few people. This is a very long term societal challenge that may take 50-100 years or more before it is complete.

Many people compare today’s situation to the days of the Depression in the 1920’s and 1930’s, when the US Stock Market collapsed, followed by years of very difficult times for many people.  After that collapse, many systems and structures were put in place to provide value for our society — Social Security, banking reforms, employment laws, the US Interstate highway system, education reforms, etc. Some of those banking and financial system structures were undone in recent years, which contributed to the collapse of the financial services industry in the past 2 years.

Our world leadership will again need to look at what is important to us and how we can create a stronger foundation going forward.

So this year is Back to Basics — looking at where we are, what we have and what we want — then starting to make the plans that will eventually lead us to a brighter future.

We have many things to be grateful for in what seems to be "bad times" or "tough times."  If we see that this is a normal cycle, we can find the sunshine behind the rain clouds and know that a rainbow will be here shortly.

In business, we have been moving from a hierarchal top-down method of managing popular in the 1950’s to a more team-oriented method of managing over the past few decades.  This trend will continue for many more years.  While this is still not the predominant management style for many companies, we do see more and more evidence of the recognition that people need to work together with mutual respect in order to generate higher productivity and profits.  The challenges of the current financial situation are leading to some creative solutions coming forth when employees are given the opportunity to have input to management decisions.

In mid to late December, which is traditionally the time when some businesses make the most of their income, the northern half of the United States was blanketed by snow storms and severe winter weather.  That caused many people to re-evaluate their shopping plans, cut back on what they might have spent and to spend time with people they really cared about. In other words, it was an opportunity to re-evaluate what was important.  That happened with snowplow delays, shopping mall closures, business closures, travel by air, train or bus and even affected parts of the country that were not snowed in.  While many people were angry, frustrated or confused, many others saw it as a great opportunity to "disconnect" from the expectations of others and simply enjoy the playfulness of a day off from work or a chance to build a snowman with their kids for a change.  Some travelers cancelled their plans and found they were relieved not to have to visit relatives that they aren’t particularly fond of.

Our tips for 2009:

Take the time to look at where you are in your life.  If you were to move to a new home, what would you have to do this year?  Using the examples above to help focus what you want to let go of and what you want for the future.  

  1. Identify what inspires you and do more of it — find music, poetry, friends, activities, movies, favorite places, etc. that truly make you feel good — and make a commitment to have those in your life more this year.
  2. Identify what you want for your future and create a mental picture of that.  You might want to create a "treasure map" of how it will look for you.  Keep your map, picture or symbol of that future life where you can see it every day.  It will help inspire you to do the work you need to do this year.
  3. Identify what is important to you about your current community — commercial services (shopping, medical services, etc.), public services (school, parks, etc.), commute time to your job or business.  
  4. Clean up your living space.  Clean out your closets.  Clean your garage.  Clean out your storage places.   broom sweeping
  5. Remove those things in your life that no longer serve you — sell, trade or give them a way.  Repair what needs to be repaired.
  6. Let go of hurt, anger, resentment and any other negative feelings about what others might have done to you or what you perceive they might have done to you.  Holding onto old negative feelings is bad for you and isn't doing them any good either.  Fill the empty space with joy and laughter.  
  7. Identify who in your life is important to you and commit to time to work on those relationships. Identify those people who are not important to you and don’t spend time with those people this year.
  8. Most of all, feel gratitude every day for the many blessings in your life already.  

If you are thinking about creating new business ideas, sources of income or exploring expansion of a existing business, our new book Income Without a Job has some great exercises to assist with that.  

spike bullet Here’s an exercise that you might try:

  1. Find a quiet place and meditate about what you want to release from last year.
  2. When you are ready, write down what you want to release on a piece of paper.
  3. Burn the paper, consciously releasing whatever is written there and knowing that it is also gone from your consciousness.  If you are not in a safe place for burning, you can tear it up into little pieces and throw it away.
  4. Meditate on what you want for yourself in 2009.
  5. Allow yourself to be open to receiving a word, name or short phrase describing who you are and what is true for you in 2009.
  6. Write down whatever comes to you.
  7. Spend some time understanding the meaning of that word, name or phrase and allow it to assist you this year.  Find ways to use that word, name or phrase all year.  Each time you use it, reaffirm what it means for you.

For 2009, we wish you a year of personal clarity and understanding, of cleaning up your life and setting a solid foundation for a brighter future for you and yours.   

May you feel the joy of being with those you care about and doing what gives your heart joy.  

And, may your home and your life sparkle brightly this year.   

 

spike bulletDisclaimer

This forecast represents our views and opinions.  Please, don’t just take our word (or anyone else’s) for what will or will not happen.  Use whatever methods work for you in planning for the future.  Wise people will use all the forecasts they can find, then see what feels right for them rather than letting any one dictate their activities.

No guarantees about the future are implied or given - use our views as you would anyone’s opinions.

Last year’s forecast: January, 2008

smiley graphic The Lighter Side

You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life'. ... Wayne Dyer 

Breathe.  Let go.  And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. ... Oprah Winfrey

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. ... Thich Nhat Hanh

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be ... Lao Tzu

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes.  In order to be free, we must learn how to let go.  Release the hurt.  Release the fear.  Refuse to entertain your old pain.  The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back  from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?  ... Mary Manin Morrissey author 

If people are coming to work excited . . . if they're making mistakes freely and fearlessly . . . if they're having fun . . . if they're concentrating on doing things, rather than preparing reports and going to meetings - then somewhere you have leaders. ... Robert Townsend 

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. 
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. 
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. 
Education will not the world is full of educated derelicts. 
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. 
The slogan, 'Press on,' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race 
- Calvin Coolidge 

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