It’s the beginning of a new year and you’re ready to make this one count. And, if you’re like most people on planet earth 2016 was full of tricks and turns. The good news thanks to my numerology friends is that 2017 is a Universal 1 year. A universal year means that everyone on the planet will be feeling the energy related to that particular number’s vibration during the entire year. ( You calculate the Universal Year by simply adding the numbers in the current year (in this case, 2017) together like this: 2017 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10; 1 + 0 = 1)
All of us will begin feeling this energy starting January 1, 2017 and it’ll end on December 31, 2017.
Last year was a crazy year. It was a 9 universal year and it marked the end of a cycle. It was the year that presented great challenges to individuals, communities, families and the planet. Before the election of Donald Trump in the West, we witnessed the continued heartache of Terror attacks in the east.
We experienced the death of much love music icons including David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, George Michael and Prince and it was officially dubbed the worst year in the history of the universe on social media but there were also some great things that happened in 2016.
- New chemotherapy breakthroughs increased the survival rate of pancreatic cancer from 16% to 27%
- Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge the gene responsible for ALS has been found, meaning we are closer to an effective treatment.
- Pandas are no longer an endangered species.
- California is now powering over 6 million homes with solar power – a record in the US
- Volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in 24 hours
- Statistically world crime as a whole has drastically declined in the last couple of decades
- Coffee consumption has been proved to help curtail cancer and suicide rates
- Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for his role in The Revenant
- The ozone layer is repairing itself
Just like you I experienced incredible highs and devastating lows in 2016. In fact it was one of the most challenging years of my life so naturally I am ready to start fresh and discover the ways in which I can activate the energy of a new year and in particular bring in this energy of a new cycle present in the 1 Universal Year. In Numerology, it’s a year where we’ll all feel a bit of relief that things are moving forward, even if the onset is slow. I’ve been told that momentum will pick up a few months into 2017, as the fog lifts and change gradually unfolds into something tangible.
The specific energy that 2017 brings is: independence, initiation, achievement, and creative individuality. In fact I have been so eager to have an amazing 2017 that I have compiled the following 10 steps to success below for you bring about your greatest success this year as well.
10 Keys to Success in 2017
1. Bring Your Vision to Life
In 2017 you need to think big picture and long term. Whatever you begin during a 1 Universal Year will impact the next nine years (and beyond). Be decisive: Choose carefully what you bring into your life and business and what you allow to remain from the past cycle. Metaphorically you’re planting the crops for eventual harvest. Find fertile ground, cultivate it and choose which seeds you’ll plant. Then make a plan for watering (see #5), sunlight (see #3), ongoing fertilization (see #4), weeding (see #6) and general care (see #10). Focus on creating something new and more in alignment with your highest potential that will take your focus, initiative and drive (see #9).
2. Strengthen Your Independence
A 1 Universal Year can create a narcissistic streak. The energy of the 1 Year is—surprise—all about Number One. There will be a tendency for people—particularly the “powers that be”—to pursue their own agendas without including others’ needs and viewpoints. The highest and best use of 1 energy comes when its pioneering spirit and resilient creativity is used for more than personal gain. So it’s the ulimate time to start bringing your highest purpose, your unique skills and talents and Your Legacy Project to life.
3. Connect with the Energy of the Sun
The sun is our source of light and life force energy. Without the sun, we would not have life as we know it on earth. It has an incredible impact on our environment, our food, our pastimes and our emotions. When you connect with the energy of the sun you are connecting into the life force of all that is. Start waking pre-dawn and aim to see the sunrise each day. You will be amazed at the difference it makes in your life and business. Just as the Sun is the central light of our solar system, it is also the source of our Inner Light and our inner Sun knows it is our divine birthright to live a fully empowered life and in 2017 it’s time to activate your destiny.Connect with the energy of the sun and connect into the life force of all that is.Click To Tweet
4. Implement a Structured Routine
When you implement a fresh new routine into your life you effectively reset the energy centres within your body. So in 2017 it’s time to change up your routine. One of the things I am experimenting with this year is working with the ambrosial hours. These are the two and a half hours before sunrise and the time during which many of the great visionaries of our time created their best work. Inventors, Artists, Poets and Writers all used this time to generate their best ideas. Try setting your alarm for 2 hours before sunrise and use this time to meditate, gently stretch, or write and attune to your highest purpose in life.Do you want to bring your highest purpose and vision to life? Start working with the ambrosial hours.Click To Tweet
We are all chronically dehydrated so 2017 is the year to start drinking more water. Drink as much water as you possibly can because drinking water and brain function are integrally linked. Over 70 percent of your body is composed of water and every function in the body is dependent on wate. (Including the activities of the brain and nervous system). Lack of water to the brain can cause numerous symptoms including problems with focus, memory, brain fatigue and brain fog, as well as headaches, sleep issues, anger, depression, and many more. To start your day off right for optimal brain function, I recommend drinking 500mls to 1litre of water as soon as you wake up.*
A cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind, while a clean, organised space will foster a calm, organised mind. Get rid of anything you haven’t used or anything that is not useful to you. Clearing out your space of stagnant energy will make room for new energy to come in.Declutter. Clearing out your space of stagnant energy will make room for new energy to come in.Click To Tweet
7. Get More Sleep
Go to bed 10 minutes earlier each week until you are going to bed at a reasonable time. This will enable you to wake up earlier and explore working in the ambrosial hours if you feel called to do so. In 2017 integrate a pre-bed ritual. Any pre-bed ritual will help signal to your body that you’re getting ready for sleep. Reading in bed is one common way that people wind down their day. While this is helpful, I often find that I can become re-stimulated by reading and of course if I turn on my iPhone I’m instantly awake again!
Adding in meditation can both facilitate sleep and reduce the stress and anxieties that tend to flood the mind in the quiet moments before sleep. Here is a mediation I use sometimes before bed: Find a quiet, comfortable room in your home. Sitting on the floor, focus on your breath. As it flows in, picture the forgiveness for all your mistakes coming in with it. And as it flows out, imagine your grudges and toxic energy leaving as well. This will help clear your mind and help you ease into a more restful nights sleep.
8. Let go of goals, plans, projects that no longer serve you.
When you let go of the goals plans or projects that no longer serve or inspire you, you create the space in your life for those that do. Most of us are hanging onto unrealised dreams, which in fact were probably never ours to begin with. When you clear your mind of past collected dreams and fantasies you give power to the intentions that are most important to you and you’re more likely to achieve them.Let go of goals, plans, projects that no longer serve you.Click To Tweet
9. Answer the call of leadership
The energy of 2017 demands that we take the lead, define a path, and make things happen. It’s not the energy of idle chatter or lackluster goals, 2017 is the real deal. A time to re-set the foundations and build your next decade of success. 2017 is the springboard into the future, so let’s go! You need to get the coffee brewing and get out your vision boards. Now is the time to dynamically and realistically reconfigure your world to be more inclusive, more humanistic, more loving and compassionate. This is possible when we bring our highest purpose to life, and work towards creating businesses that serve a higher purpose.
What are the first steps you can take in order to make this new way of thinking and being in the world a reality? “Think globally, act locally” is a great mantra for 2017. A book I highly recommend your reading pleasure in 2017 is Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins. His way of thinking and being is crucial for moving into this new paradigm presented in 2017.
10. Work with your own energy and adopt an experimental attitude
2017 is a year that invites us to metaphorically colour outside the lines. The old way won’t work anymore and the new way is yet to be realized. And like all great journies it wont be a linear process! Working with your own energy is the best way to navigate 2017. Really tune in. When you work with your own energy you are the master of your time. Understanding your natural flow and when you do your best work will give you an incredible edge in business and life. While we all ‘burn the midnight oil’ from time-to-time understanding your own personal energy and it’s natural cycles will give you the ability to be the ultimate manager of your time. Meditation is incredibly powerful tool for you to access your natural energy cycles and most productive states.
There are many belief systems that need to be deconstructed and reconstructed this year. Allow curiosity to take the place of fear. And allow yourself to experiment in order to see what can take the place of these outworn paradigms. My own personal mantra and word for the year is BRAVE. Do you have an underlying word or theme this year? If so, I’d love to know it. Please share in the comments below.When you work with your own energy you are the master of your time.Click To Tweet
In life and business energy is everything. When we have great energy we feel alive and inspired about our life and ready to take on the world. When we have little or no energy we want to hide and crawl under the covers and withdraw from the world. But you and I both know if you want to bring your greatest vision to life, if you want to activate your highest purpose then it’s through working with your energy that it will occur. It’s important to remember that a 1 Universal Year helps us build a world that values and respects our individuality and honors our creative natures.
[ A note on numerology: I personally use a variety of sources to research my year ahead, and in line with the Universal Year we all have a personal year that we are working through. If you’d like to know more about your own personal year: which will also set your individual theme for the year. You can find out more here. ]
Thank you so much for being here. I am thrilled that we are on this journey together. How are you planning on harnessing your energy this year? I’d love to hear from you! Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Hundreds of people visit these posts each week and you never know when your wisdom could be exactly what another person needs to hear!
And Remember, Live with purpose!