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Forget Resolutions. They’ve got a bad name

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From my newsletter….


It’s about as exciting to have a New Year’s Resolution as it is to have ants ant-1move into your house. They both become something you are trying to ‘deal with.’


You know the resolutions I’m talking about:  
You ‘have to’ lose weight, drink more water, cut back on coffee, get more exercise, try not to complain about your job, deal with some issues, save more money, get rid of ants, etc etc etc etc etc etc and etc.


I’m sure you’ve noticed that when one thinks about ‘New Year’s Resolutions’, strange thoughts often sneak in like:

Oh goody, look what I can fail at this year!” or

Fat chance I’m telling anyone this resolution just so they can watch me break it!” or “I’m the queen of procrastination.. maybe I’ll get to it tomorrow

or “I have no willpower, and that chocolate looks realllly good.


(By the way, short of going into writing a chapter about it, trust me on this one: willpower has little to do with keeping resolutions.)


The term ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ is now tarnished by becoming a synonym for failure, disappointment, self sabotage, and lack of willpower.  Why would we put ourselves through that?


Yet, the concept was once well intended.  There’s great wisdom in looking into the future and taking steps towards achieving your goals.  But forget the old way of thinking, choosing, planning and doing those steps.


That concept is done.



I invite you to consider this new term and new way of moving forward:


New Year’s Revelations


storypainting-avee-smallrev-e-la-tion: (noun)


1.       information revealed:

information that is newly disclosed, especially surprising, or valuable

2.      surprising thing:

a surprisingly good or valuable experience

3.      disclosure:

the revealing of something previously hidden or secret 


(Hmm, this sounds so much like coaching that one wonders why the coaching process isn’t called revelationism.)



«  What if this is the year you get to.. be involved in activities you love, go travelling, change your career, take on creative adventures, go whitewater rafting, write, play, enhance relationships, build your business, achieve financial goals?


«  What if you actually discover and move forward with your true purpose – creatively, authentically and soulfully?


«  What if you get to uncover your surprising and valuable hidden gifts and passions and put them to use?


«  Wouldn’t that be a lot more fun than worrying about how much water you drink each day? 


«  And wouldn’t it be even more enticing when one day you realize you are drinking less coffee, more water, getting exercise, creating, not complaining etc etc etc simply as a side effect of moving passionately forward in your most unique way?  (I’m not sure what to say about the ants, though.  Maybe your creative, enthused and brilliant energy would scare them away?)


«  What if you made revelations this year and you enjoyed them, savoured them, felt passionate about them and took great satisfaction in knowing you will achieve them?    


storypainting-avee-small-2-balloons-white-backWant this year to be your best ever? 

Of course you do.  Here’s some options:



Ways to Revel* in your Revelations


#1  Personal Life Coaching sessions: (aka revelationisming)


This is the most powerful way to find those valuable and surprising answers, gain clarity and set you sailing in your best direction with the tools to keep you going. You are worth it.



To help you better understand what personal life coaching is, here’s what it is not:

Coaching is not counselling, mentoring or advising.  The coaching process helps you to find your best answers and your best ways of moving forward.


“Not only do I recommend a Life Coach, I recommend Janet Whitehead for any entrepreneur, home based business or consultant.  There is no better way to ignite the passion in you to dream big, go forth and conquer.  She’ll help you channel what’s important for your business, personal or creative life and inspire you to make the necessary steps to move forward.  An hour with Janet will revive you better than any holiday or spa”.                
 Niki Remesz, Owner, Marketing Consulting Business                                      

 What makes coaching work?  For starters..


«  Powerful questions get you past limiting beliefs.

«  A strength based process empowers you and builds self confidence.

«  Discovering and igniting your passions gets you motivated and enthused.  

«  A coach is trained to ‘hear’ strengths, goals and dreams that you are not acknowledging within yourself and provide effective feedback.

«  A client chooses to be ‘in action’ (enthusiastically, I might add) and the coach becomes an accountability partner.


Make this your best year ever!.

Call or email Janet to book your coaching sessions now.

 250 828-3402


Learn more about coaching and fees:


More ways to revel* in revelations…


#2   a. Percolate the concept of ‘New Year’s Revelations.’  
 b. Free your thinking space of New Year’s Resolutions just for today..
c. Play with some new thoughts:

                Write a list of oh.. say.. 20 Revelations:  things, thoughts, actions and behaviours that you would love to have in your life that would cause you to Revel.* They can be probable, improbable, possible, impossible, practical, impractical – just create the list and see what emerges.


*REVEL: from the thesaurus –

celebrate, have fun, whoop it up, paint the town red, get down, work it, groove.

         d. You have plenty to percolate and list.  I’ll pop back with the other ways to revel: Workshops, Small Group Coaching, (be prepared, writers.. there’s one just for you!)  and workbooks.  (By the way, anybody interested in a creative empowering life changing retreat to Turkey?)


        e. Have fun with the list. Dream BIG.

What Mahoney needed was the opportunity

 to prove to herself that she was something

 more than she believed.”
from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium


About Janet

Artist/writer with a tall ship and mystical twist, Certified Professional Life Coach (ICA), Master Creativity Coach (KMCC), Curator/owner of Writerly Kits, workshop leader and creativity group facilitator trainer. Outdoor enthusiast and Tall Ship sailor. Been through breast cancer and found her own tools of play, lightness, creativity, nature, thinking differently and visualization assisted healing through and after treatments. Ever ever so grateful for all the wondrous people she is surrounded by.

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