New Year -- New You
As this new year begins, are you looking forward to 2013? Are you preparing for new challenges and setting new goals for yourself? Believe me, I know how the holidays can promote stress and anxiety, but I’m maintaining a positive attitude, anticipating my opponent’s moves in 2013, and preparing and planning for my next move. You, too, can enjoy the holidays while anticipating and planning for a more positive, productive and prosperous new year.
Getting inspired to start a plan for 2013 is probably going to be the hardest thing for you to focus on, but it is important and part of your responsibility for setting and reaching your new goals. For instance, do you have any idea what you want to do as far as your personal and/or professional aspirations are concerned? Do you desire to change something in your life? Are you willing to learn something new and become more proactive in your decisions and actions?
Here’s a great idea? Why not start 2013 with a bang and learn to play chess? Remember, just as the open, middle and end game of a chess game is relevant, so too is the open, middle, and end phase of whatever it is that you are trying to accomplish. From the inception of an idea, you should be aware of its relevancy in your life. How does this idea fit into your goal and plan? How do you benefit? How do you prepare for this new goal? What are your expectations and end results?
As a confident SHESS player in your game of life, you know that setting goals is part of the game. Anticipating, planning and executing an action are merely directional points on the road map to accomplishing your goals, but playing chess is a real component to successfully sharpening your intellectual weaponry. In learning to play chess and making the chess/life connection, you will have gained an advantage over your opponents in life and in your marketplace.
Do not fear the unknown, but take a chance and learn a fun game of chess while you build your critical thinking and analytical skills. Once 2013 rolls in, you will be prepared with a plan of action and embark on a great journey of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-determination. Here’s wishing you a safe, happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
Wendy Oliveras, Author of Let's Play SHESS