January 2010 - Forecast for the Year
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2010 - Forecast for the Year
Last year, we talked about "back to basics"
and re-evaluating where we are. After that time of sifting and sorting and
looking at where we were and what we want, 2010 can be the year that those plans
and ideas can be put into action.
The economy is slowly recovering according to all the
"experts" and economic forecasts.
- Growing self-reliance
- People connecting with each other
- A desire for adventure
- Disintegration of old rigid institutions and
- New ways of doing business
- Changing values
- Interest in native, shamanic or alternative
Many of our institutions and structures have crumbled
in recent years – the financial services industry is in shambles, housing is
taking a beating, retail is suffering, manufacturing is struggling, etc. Government is even suffering and has to cut back on services due to declines in
All of this means that our important institutions are
not meeting the needs of our society and much change. While this seems like
"tragedy" to some, it is part of the evolutionary cycle. In order to
re-build, the old structures have to be torn down and rebuilt. Eventually, the
new structures will be much stronger and more appropriate to what our society
Some industries are flourishing in this time of
change. Arts and entertainment seems to be a bright spot in the economy right
now. Social networking is exploding and will continue its growth as people feel
the need to connect. [We've just put up a Facebook page.]
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When times are difficult, people tend to
connect more with others. This is part of a much larger scale trend away from an
emphasis on individual competition to more team-oriented business and ways of
being. People don’t want to be alone during hard times. Smaller, faster, lighter, fancier gadgets seem to have a
ready market. We expect a continued growth in electronics of all types and
industries that help connect people.
Health care and related issues will continue to draw
our interest, our time and maybe our passion. There will continue to be new
developments in curing diseases and in keeping people healthy. Many people are
returning to feeling responsible for their own health and well-being, not just
accepting what a doctor says is true or taking drugs to cover up their symptoms.
Alternative wellness practices are becoming more and more mainstream because
they work. As people become healthier and take responsible for their own health,
the costs of health care will be reduced. We expect continuing debates about
which is the "right way" to be healthy or to do health care. There is
no single right way. In fact, there are quite a few "right" ways and
there are quite a few "wrong" ways. What may be right for one person
may be wrong for another.
The retail, manufacturing, distribution and media
industries have been changing over the recent years as the explosive growth of
the Internet has offered new ways of connecting customers with suppliers. This
trend will continue for many years and is a major catalyst for the changes we
are seeing in our society. Many people have forgotten how it was in "the
old days" of just 10 or 20 years ago. Other industries are having the same
types of transformation, some more noticeable than others.
Large corporations will continue to crumble and
disintegrate if they cannot be nimble and flexible to meet the fast-paced
changes that these times demand. We have seen some interest in dismantling or changing
government organizations as well, such as the Federal Reserve and major
regulatory agencies. There is talk of a world government vs. local country
governments. There is some interest in having three major political parties in
the U.S. instead of just two. There is discussion about whether the services
offered by government are the right ones and whether they are funded in the
right ways. If public or private organizations cannot adapt to the needs of the
society, they should be destroyed and rebuilt with something that will work.
is healthy to look at how we do things, and look for new and better ways of
managing our important institutions.
Difficult times open up massive new opportunities for
those can see through the bad news to the many opportunities that are becoming
available every single day. Many of those who lost their regular jobs have
created new "jobs" by putting their passions and individual interests
into starting a new business.
The old saying, "necessity is the motherhood of
creativity" is still true. With large companies failing and huge layoffs,
we need to create new businesses with new ways of creating income and productive
activities to support our growing society. We wrote a book specifically
dedicated to helping people see their own creativity and how to use it to create
income. (See the "Income Without a Job" website
for more details).
Change is rippling through our entire society and each
of us as individuals. It takes courage to change proactively. Some people will
rejoice at the coming changes; other will dig in and resist with all their
might. Some people will decide they have had enough of this planet and move onto
another dimension. "Resistance is futile" and change will happen,
whether we are ready or not. Change is part of the natural evolution of the
planet, of people, of systems. Change represents vitality and life itself.
doesn’t change, withers and dies.
In the spirit of change, we expect more people will
want to get out and have adventures, travel, see the world or see their local
sites. People may change their lives, homes, jobs, relationships, etc.
should be a lot of moving and changing going on in the next few years. Adventures can be very simple and done in your own home town, neighborhood or
back yard, or on a more elaborate scale. The goal of an adventure is to have a
new experience, to have a thrill or to experience something different than the
"same old, same old" daily routine.
Just as following the Great Depression, our society is
demanding that we re-think some of the ways we do things following the Great
Recession that we are now recovering from. After major trauma, people are never
the same. That’s true whether the trauma is family, internal or a society.
have suffered collectively through a major trauma; we no longer think and feel
as we once did. Therefore, our needs are different, our priorities are different
and maybe even our values are now different.
We no longer want the same things; we are no longer
willing to put up with some things. Other things are just not important any
We see a growing interest in people who are able to
understand how the larger scope of our individual decisions affect our larger
society, and how the larger society issues affect us individually on a
day-to-day level. Everything is connected.
A recent study indicates that many people in the US
have expanded their spiritual practices beyond what "traditional"
religion teaches. "The religious beliefs and practices of Americans do
not fit neatly into conventional categories. A new poll by the Pew Research
Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that large numbers of
Americans engage in multiple religious practices, mixing elements of diverse
traditions. Many say they attend worship services of more than one faith or
denomination — even when they are not traveling or going to special events
like weddings and funerals. Many also blend Christianity with Eastern or New Age
beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology and the presence of spiritual energy in
physical objects. And sizeable minorities of all major U.S. religious groups say
they have experienced supernatural phenomena, such as being in touch with the
dead or with ghosts." Source: The Pew Forum on Religion
& Life, December 2009 survey http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=490
Ultimately, what can we control by ourselves? Not very
much. So, the best we can do is to find peace with ourselves, our family, our
day-to-day lives and do what we can do to be happier. We have learned that we
can live with less than we thought possible and that being frugal isn’t a bad
thing. Many people have actually felt much better with less ‘stuff’ to worry
about and are happier living a simpler life.
Take a few minutes to acknowledge what you have
learned during the past year and how that has changed you forever.
An exercise you might try:
Tips for drawing out your own
creativity in 2010
- Find a quiet place and meditate about what you want to release from last
- When you are ready, write down what you want to release on a piece of paper.
- 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.
- Meditate on what you want for yourself in 2010.
- Allow yourself to be open to receiving a word, name or short phrase
describing who you are and what is true for you
- Write down whatever comes to you.
- 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.
Play with possibilities this year. Just for fun, buy a lottery ticket or imagine that
a rich relative left you a fortune or imagine that you won the big jackpot at
Imagine what you would ask for if you had
a magic lamp and the genie allowed you unlimited wishes.
Play with ideas about what
you could do for the world if a huge miracle happened for you. Allow yourself
to dream BIG this year. Maybe
create a picture map or Treasure Map of what your heart wants most and keep it
somewhere you can see it all year long. Keep playing with possibilities.
Notice the miracles all around you every day. Some examples:
Be different this year. Change something just for the sake of doing it
differently every single day. Dress differently. Do something outrageous, just
for fun (at least once in a while).
Play with creativity. Play with new ideas and new forms of doing business
processes. Experiment with new ways of doing things in your personal life.
the idea doesn’t work, undo it or re-do it or start over with a new idea.
Find some animal totems that speak to you and whose qualities you admire –
maybe an Eagle soaring high above your troubles, a Cougar running wild and
free, a Peacock showing its beauty to anyone who wants to see, a Rabbit that
is soft and cuddly, a Chameleon that can change colors. Notice how many
animals are represented or used in our society – sports teams, toys,
automobiles, calendars, photos, artwork, advertising, clothing, food,
community and street names.
Learn about other spiritual beliefs and practices to see if anything there
resonates with you. Ask your friends if they have tried alternative spiritual
practices. You might be surprised at what you find.
Find ways to stay inspired and excited about your life. Whatever you are
passionate about, do more of it in 2010.
Do less of whatever you don’t like to do. If necessary, hire someone or
trade services with someone who really loved to do what you don’t like so
you can have more time and energy to devote to what you love to do.
Make a commitment to yourself to spend your time the way YOU want to spend
it – on whatever makes you feel most alive.
Spend time with people you care about. Take time to let them know you care
regularly. That includes your employees, co-workers, customers and clients.
Let them know when they do something right. Say "thank you" often.
Be less critical of others. When someone does something you think is
"odd," just remember that they are being themselves and allow them
the space to be different. Just as you would like others to appreciate you for
who you are, without undue criticism.
Appreciate the best that people have to offer and focus on their strengths
not on their weaknesses. Focus on your own strengths not your weaknesses.
Do something useful in your community – something that brings you joy and
a feeling of accomplishing something larger than yourself.
If you have regrets over past failures or past hurts, forgive yourself for
your part in the interaction and forgive the other person(s) involved, then
let it go. Holding onto old ‘stuff’ robs you of vital energy that could be
better used for your passions.
Be kinder and gentler this year — to yourself and to others.
Be grateful every single day for the many blessings you have.
- People who have cured themselves of serious illnesses
- Lives that have changed suddenly for the better
- Life itself.
2010, we wish you a year of living your life to the fullest in whatever way
works for you.
May your life be blessed with magical adventures and
may the wind lift your wings as you soar higher than you ever thought possible.
Power Path: The Shaman’s Way to Success in Business and Life
by José Stevens and Lena Stevens. New World Library,
1577312171 ISBN-13: 978-1577312178
- Income Without a Job: Living Well Without a Paycheck. Michael
Jay Anthony, Barbara J. Taylor. Lulu.com,
978-0-557-00377-8. Website: www.income-without-a-job.com.
Tap into your own creativity and use your full potential. Learn
how to see opportunities that others miss.
Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small.
Ted Andrews. Llewellyn Publications, 1996
ISBN ISBN-10: 0875420281 ISBN-13: 978-0875420288. Ted
Andrews has several good books in this series included Nature Speak
and Animal Wise.
- Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham &
Donald Clifton. The
Free Press. 2001. (follow-up to First, Break All The Rules) ISBN: 0743201140
- Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity,
MacLeod. Portfolio, 2009. ISBN-10:
159184259X ISBN-13: 978-1591842590
- What Color is Your Parachute, Richard Bolles (updated
annually), Ten Speed Press; (January 2003) ISBN: 1580084605
- Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes 2nd Edition, William Bridges,
Press, 1980 (excellent for anyone undergoing change which is
most of us) ISBN: 0201000822
~ Abraham Maslow
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational
mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant
and has forgotten the gift. ~ Albert Einstein
Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would
have rubbed off some of the originality. ~ Beatrix Potter
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine
what you desire; you will what you imagine and at last, you create what you will
~ George Bernard Shaw
The creative is the place where no one else has ever
been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of
your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover
is yourself. ~ Alan Alda
There is no use trying," said Alice. "One
can’t believe impossible things."
You see thing and you say, ‘Why?’ but I dream
things that never were and I say, ‘Why not?’ ~ George Bernard Shaw
Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for
very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things,
because we’re curious . . . and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
~ Walt Disney
The key question isn’t "What fosters
creativity?" but it is, "Why in God’s name isn’t everyone
creative?" Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled?
therefore a good question might be not "Why do people create?" but
"Why do people not create or innovate." We have got to abandon that
sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody
"I daresay you haven’t had much practice," said the Queen.
"When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why,
sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before
breakfast." ~ Lewis Carroll
By believing passionately in something that still does
not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently
desired. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
Like attracts like. Whatever the conscious mind thinks
and believes, the subconscious identically creates. ~ Brian Adams
You are given the gifts of the gods; you create your
reality according to your beliefs. Yours is the creative energy that makes your
world. There are no limitations to the self except those you believe in.
~ Seth in The Nature of Personal Reality
Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts
become your words.~ Gandhi
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive, because your behaviors become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.
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