As I plan for 2009 and reflect on all that happened in 2008, I realize that there are several things I was tolerating in 2008 which will not be a part of my 2009.
You may choose to call this “adhering to boundaries” or “acknowledging and eliminating pet peeves”, I simply refer to it as clearing space.
After all, if my energy isn’t being usurped by the things which take, rather than nourish, there’s more space for those things which I want to attract.
Here’s a partial list of those things (and people) which (who) won’t be coming with me into the New Year (warning, this isn’t for the faint-hearted):
- Vendors who don’t meet the terms of our agreement (they’ve been fired)
- Clients who want everything and yet implement nothing (yes, I’ve let a few go)
- Biz owners who fail to recognize the importance of building relationships and being authentic (we can tell when you’re being inauthentic, REALLY!)
- Companies who don’t know the meaning of customer service or who retain employees who don’t believe in it (I’m boycotting)
- Negative Nellies (I wish them well and would gleefully welcome them back into my life if they could display some optimism)
- Voicemail messages with no contact info, no real message (just “call me”) and no good time to return the call (do everyone a favor, leave a detailed message with your phone or email so we can actually get back to you)
- Ditto incoming faxes with no return contact info (DUH!)
- Sales letters which promise the world and don’t even deliver a county (we’re back to being authentic)
- “No shows” who schedule a call and don’t call or reschedule (this one shows absolutely no respect for the person being called)
In case you’re wondering, the above isn’t negative…it’s about respecting my time, energy and “self” — after all, those things we tolerate have a way of taking over and affecting our creativity, ability to manifest and general well-being. And my family, and clients, deserve the best me I can give them.
Please leave me a comment and let me know what you were tolerating in 2008 and how your 2009 will be different — I’d love to hear from you! And remember, YOU control your environment — no one else.
© Copyright 2008 Sandra P. Martini