You’ve been there and I’ve been there, the wake-up call that stops you in your tracks. Some call it the cosmic two-by-four - that moment of realization that finally grabs your undivided attention. Oftentimes it feels painful at the onset, but just as often you see the benefit of that “crisis” as you view it in hindsight.

We’ve just completed another year. Perhaps it was a good year for you, or maybe you faced challenges that left you breathless a time or two. But you made it through and most likely learned some very valuable lessons during the process. Whether it was an illness, financial challenges, relationship changes, job loss, or anything else that felt difficult, the situation came into your life for a very important reason. In the end, as the situation resolved, you saw the blessings if you opened your eyes. There is always a gift in every challenge!

I believe our country is now receiving a heavy duty wake-up call. It’s a call to shed the blinders and begin paying attention to what is going on in our country. When things are going relatively smooth and seem prosperous, people tend to be near-sighted and ignore what’s going on beyond their own small world. But when Wall Street crashed and the economy spiraled into chaos, people suddenly paid attention. The wake-up call reared its ugly head and became real because it was now relevant to their life, and it felt scary!

Here’s how I see our current situation. Although there are a small percentage of individuals who have contributed in a major way to the situation we now face, the circumstances affect each of us. The economic meltdown that has enabled a depressed real estate market, lack of available money for loans, loss of jobs, a greater number of failing businesses, and anything that appears to be challenging our economy, has actually happened to wake us up. As we face a crisis, we have the opportunity to become creative, and along with that creativity we receive an opportunity to rekindle our faith, faith in the belief that every challenge can be turned into something good and beneficial.

Our government, our leaders, our community, our legal system, our health system, our educational system, our financial system and on and on I could go, needs an overhaul. We’ve been hit with the cosmic two-by-four that says pay attention because it’s time for change. It’s time to re-group and re-create every aspect of our country in its present economic and moral challenges.

While this is much needed, the real re-grouping begins within each one of us. What have you learned from last year’s situations and challenges? What do you want for your life in the new year? Are you willing to step up to the plate and follow through? When you are faced with a choice, how do you make a wise choice? How strong is your faith to keep you envisioning what you want? These are questions that you need to ask yourself if you want your life to shift for the better. Most individuals will agree that 2008 was a year of crises and challenges. They also will probably tell you they don’t want a repeat of it.

So the first step in creating what you want is to de-clutter and throw out what does not serve you any longer. What negative beliefs have you been holding onto? Have you been focusing on lack, what you don’t have? Are you afraid of what the future holds in regards to financial security? Are you facing a relationship challenge, family issue, health concern, or a job change? It’s time to create a shift if you want your life to change into one that is extraordinary as you bring to you what you truly want. It’s been said that insanity is simply repeating the same behavior but expecting a different outcome! You have to shift your thoughts which become your behavior in order to receive a different outcome. Clean out those old negative thoughts and beliefs once and for all!

Let’s begin the shift. First and foremost, decide what you want your life to look like. Make it detailed and specific, and dream big. Pay no attention to your present circumstances for they can change in the blink of an eye. Until you decide what you want the universe cannot bring it to you. So, grab a piece of paper and make your list, as detailed as you can, and read it over every day to remind yourself to stay positive and focused on what you truly want.

Second, go about your life as if what you want is already on its way to you, for it is! You see, the minute you place your desires out there, the universe begins bringing it to you. Remember that likes attract likes, and whatever you focus on is created in your life. It’s that element about energy that no matter what energy you put out, that same energy comes back to you time and again. It’s a scientific fact that positive energy attracts only more positive energy experiences while negative energy attracts only more negative energy experiences. I am willing to bet that if someone taped your conversations or your thoughts throughout the day, you’d be shocked at how many negative thoughts and actions you have. Those thoughts and actions are creating your life experiences every day. Second step then is to believe your desires will come to you and focus on that vision and belief. If you don’t, you will stop it from coming to you, or at the very least delay its appearance.

Third, remember your essence. Spend time reconnecting with your source – get plugged in again spiritually. You were created out of love, in the image of God, and were born with an amazing power as co-creator with God to make your visions and dreams come true. When you live in the state of fear – where the people in our country live a great deal of the time, especially right now – you cannot create good from that state. Love is the opposite of fear and creates all good. This doesn’t mean you will never have a challenge come your way. What it does mean is that you will view them differently. Instead of something that creates panic in you, there is instead an internal peace and knowing that this challenge showed up for a specific reason and is an opportunity to create something good from it. The challenge actually makes you grow stronger. This takes a great deal of faith to remain in this space when your world feels as if it is crashing down around you, but if you do remain there, you will experience an amazing outcome that is probably something you would have never thought of on your own.

In order for the world to re-group, each individual must re-group themselves. Here are some positive facts that I hope will help you stay focused positively in the next year.

1. There is NO lack. The universe is abundant and you can
thrive no matter what appears otherwise in your life
circumstances or in the world. Become resourceful with
your resources.
2. You can do or be whatever you want if you are connected
to your source.
3. You are a powerful co-creator with God and the
possibilities are without limit.
4. If you focus on the good in your life, you will create
more of the same.
5. When you are grateful for everything, even the
challenges, you expand that into more good.

Here are some affirmations that I have used that are helpful in shifting your entire belief system into one that is positive and expressed from the essence of love.

1. My income is constantly increasing.
2. I have unlimited potential.
3. My body now restores itself to perfect health.
4. All my relationships are resolving perfectly.
5. I deserve to love and be loved.

As the new year begins, why not try re-grouping and create the life you’ve imagined. Clean out the old and allow in the new. Resolve to stay on course this time and reach the possibilities!

Author's Bio: 

Carolyn Porter, D. Div., is a Spiritual Wholeness & Health Coach, Speaker, Trainer for Speaking, Coaching and Angel Practitioner, Angel Channel, Author of 5 books and 2 audios, Co-author of 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life Vol I, and owner of Where Miracles Happen Healing Center in Woodstock, GA. Carolyn has dedicated her life to helping individuals step into their own power and accept their brilliance so they can create the life they truly want and deserve. For more information or to view her books, visit or