This Is My Year

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There is a new motivational speech I discovered on YouTube. It is entitled This Is My Year and includes remarks from Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes. The real focus of the messages that are compiled there remind us that when we are seeking transformation, the real battlefield is in our minds.

It tells us that we are all seeking change. We all want to improve something in our lives. Many of us are working to become the best version of ourselves. And so many of us have chosen this time to do it. I am no different. I am in transition and for me, the battlefield is indeed in my mind.

I have decided that there are some specific areas in my life that I am going to be spending this year working on. They are both physical and mental.

  • I am changing my relationship with money and spending. I think that I spend too much. I thought that the secret might be to work to create increased income but then I remembered a comment that I heard some years ago. It basically says that if you are having trouble managing a thousand dollars, you are also going to have problems managing a million. The problem is not with the amount of money that you have, but with how you use it. So I am making changes in this area of my life.
  • I am changing my relationship with food.  I have already started working on this for some time now. The specific area that I am focusing on this year is on becoming more focused on eating a more whole food, plant based diet. I started with the starch based solution but found that did not work for me so I moved on to the nutritarian approach. This is such a new approach to the way that we look at food, that I am excited to explore and understand it more while working to put it into practice.
  • I am dedicating the year to growing my hair. I stopped using chemicals to straighten my hair about three years ago but since then I have been just letting it proceed on its own journey. It has recently started to become very dry and doesn’t maintain moisture like it once did. I started to explore the options available and found that I really like the properties and benefits associated with some of the more natural products available.  Plus I am extremely curious to see what would happen with a little focused hair care effort.
  • I am changing my relationships with other people. I think that I need to get out more. Meet more people. Interact more with strangers and get to know people on a deeper level. I always assume that if people want to share things they will volunteer and that asking is prying. So I need to develop a better habit of interacting in a way that does not violate any comfort zones and helps me to strengthen my relationships with people I like.
  • I am changing my perception of my work and my career, my accomplishments and my capabilities. There are a lot of ideas that run through my head. There are many things that I would like to be able to accomplish. I feel like I am a constant sponge with the potential to learn new things. I am also not always sure that I have the skills and capacity to do the things that I dream. I am not sure that I see myself in terms of what I have accomplished or what I am really capable to doing. It is time that I work on my mindset to get a deeper and more honest awareness of myself.

None of these things are easy on their own and they are definitely overwhelming when they are contemplated collectively. Yet, the feeling that where I am, how I am and who I think I am, no longer fits well is persistent and requires attention. So here I am. In transition.


Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance.  She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  For more of her writing visit

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