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3 Words to Quickly Energize Your Fresh Start

Three very wise words culminate with New Year’s Eve’s countdown. They provide inspiration for getting the most out of the clean slate that a new year offers. They can work their magic to energize your fresh start. After all, with a new year come opportunities to begin again, to reset, to dream bigger, and move forward. What are the three words? 



Watch the short video to find out!

 "3 Words" video



Take a moment for a mindset check. Where are you? Are you feeling that it’s all doom and gloom? Or are you feeling that possibilities abound? Are you willing to look at your shortcomings and failures as opportunities for growth? The attitude that we bring with us through the good times and bad, is what makes the difference. If you need help enhancing some positivity, read The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. His seven principles show you how to make happiness drive your success. It all starts with your attitude. Adopt some happy today.




Can you feel the excitement of doing or trying something new? I love learning, exploring new places and meeting new people. Stepping towards something different can energize us in ways we never expected. It can open new paths of exploration and thinking. Are you going to try something new this year? I just enrolled in a mindfulness training class. I’m so excited to explore more deeply a topic that I’ve been interested in for a long while. I’m open to learning and seeing where this might take me. What will be new for you this year?




One of the beautiful aspects about this time of year is that we get to push that reset button. We have a whole new year with 365 days to explore. What is important to you? Perspective and patience is everything. Change isn’t instant and reaching your goals won’t be either. You have time to pursue them at a reasonable pace. Small changes made regularly, one day at a time, one decision at a time, will add up to success in the course of one year. What will you commit to now? What will you work towards? You can make a difference in one year’s time. 


No matter where you are or what has happened in the first few days of this New Year, take a moment to use these three gifts: Happy…New…Year. Locate, reflect, and plan for an outstanding year ahead. There will be bumps and glitches and unanticipated snags. There will also be amazing days of insight, growth and success. Find your bearings and forge forth with energy and determination. Where are you headed? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I invite you to join the conversation!





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Reader Comments (15)

I love your take on this - what a fresh perspective! I think we so often just look at New Year's as a new start on the calendar without looking at our mindset, our change, and our time carefully. Your post offers us the opportunity to do just that! Thank you for sharing and for the lively video - loved it!!

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLiana George

I love your point about change taking time. Wherever we are, we didn't end up here overnight, so we shouldn't expect our situation to change overnight either. One client told me she wished she could snap her fingers and have it all done. What I told her was that while I could see the appeal, that I wouldn't recommend it, even if it were possible. There are joys and blessings and lessons along the journey of change... don't try and skip ahead and miss them!

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

This is a great motivating video for the new year! I find that this time of year is perfect for making changes or redirects in my life. I also like to redirect and adjust my steps in May and September as well. In May because it is right before the end of the kids' school and I need to plan for the summer. And, September because the kids are back in school and I have the opportunity to revisit the yearly plan.

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Liana- Thank you so much. We can supercharge that "new start" by taking some time to check in with ourselves. I'm glad that this post provides a structure to those that will find it useful.

@Seana- Ahh yes...Change DOES take time. And like you said, it's the journey and process that are so essential...much more so than reaching the goal. It's in the process that we learn, grow and adjust as needed. And if we could just "snap" and just arrive, we wouldn't have the same level of appreciation.

January 9, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Sabrina- So happy you like the video. I always enjoy making them. This one was inspired by my New Year's Eve adventure in Times Square...a first. It's wonderful that you have certain stopping or "redirecting" points in your year. I use the change of seasons to do that too. This time of year feels like the BIG one... more so than other times.

January 9, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'm really focusing on mindset and manifestation this year! I am in love with where it is all taking me! Also, this is the year I get my fitness and hot body back! :) So I am already hard at work at that! Happy New Year Linda and thanks for your thought provoking post!

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn Leopold

@Autumn- How exciting! Mindset, manifestation, fitness, hot body and all! I'm inspired just "hearing" your excitement for what's to come. I can see all good things coming your way because you're poised and ready both in actions and thoughts. Happy 2017!

January 9, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Years ago, I went to Times Square to see the ball drop with a few friends who were living in NYC at the time. Hope you had fun and stayed as warm as possible! I love how you call 'Happy' 'New' and 'Year' the three gifts--a perfect way to focus on the 365 days ahead of us and position ourselves for greatness. Another beautiful and thoughtful post!

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Agin Murray

I love exploring the words that we say every year and looking for a fresh perspective. Each of us comes with different expectations but these words are parallel for many of us. Thanks for offering us the opportunity to make the new year a fresh start with new perspectives.

January 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

This is a wonderful look at those three words we say at the stroke of midnight - welcoming the New Year! I've wanted to get back into the practice of yoga - something I did regularly years ago. I promised myself that I would find a studio nearby. I did so several months ago but didn't walk through the door. I'm not sure what was holding me back. Yesterday, I took my first class and I'm so happy I did. It was a difficult class. I'm telling you this because I think that fear of change holds us back sometimes. Changing a location, changing a routine it doesn't matter - change is just that change. We can embrace it with a smile and work our way through it until it becomes comfortable or we can cower by the door - hesitating to step through, making it that much harder. I'm choosing to smile and embrace the changes that this New Year holds for me.

January 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Stacey- Going to Times Square on New Year's Eve was an amazing experience...and fun, as you said. It happened to be an incredibly warm evening without any precipitation so we were comfortable along with the crowds. Looking for the gifts where ever they can be found brings more joy to each day. I was happy to discover some in these simple words. Wishing you a fabulous 2017!

@Ellen- You're most welcome. Winter. Snow. Fresh. New. Many opportunities to find different meanings and perspectives for where we are. I love the feeling of leaving one year behind, unburdened by what did or didn't happen and move forward with the clean slate of opportunity.

@Diane- Wow! Thank you for sharing your experience with us...and how sometimes, not even knowing why we hold ourselves back from something we desire. Yet look how you faced that fear directly and found a way to literally walk through the door. Bravo! I'm excited for you and what your yoga practice will gift you this year. Tonight I step through the door of a new experience too...the mindfulness training class. I'm looking forward to discovering the benefits of regular meditation practice and where that might lead me both in thoughts and action.

January 10, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I really liked the way you expressed your views.

January 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnurag

Anurag- Many thanks.

January 16, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

This is brilliant, Linda!

I've purchased a notebook with a quote from Bob Marley on the front cover, "Love the life you live. Live the life you love." When something makes me happy, I write it in the book. Lately I've found that when things are going wrong, I think of ways it could have been so much worse, so I write that I'm thankful those other things didn't happen. That's one of the new things I'm doing this year!

January 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- I can see your wonderful new notebook filling up with positive, happy experiences. It's amazing when we allow ourselves the space to notice...and how that focus changes our daily experience. We're on the look for the good stuff...or at least we're developing our awareness of noticing. Being able to capture that in a journal adds richness to the experience. I know that your happiness intention will color your year in all kinds of wonderful ways.

January 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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