You’re someone of imagination and passion. This year, bring your ideas into reality by taking consistent action and getting help from people with different strengths. Explore your ideas, venture into the unknown, discuss theories and possibilities. But don’t do this at the expense of your health and forward action. Take time to tune into your body and see what it’s telling you. Take time to think about what’s right for you and your long-term goals.
“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”
– Douglas H. Everett
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You’re someone who knows how to generate ideas and roadmap the strategy towards their completion. This year, tap into your stamina to finish projects you start while adding that ingenious spark you’re known for.
“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”
– Mae Jemison
You’re driven by conviction, passion, and imagination. This year, bring your convictions to life by bringing them outside of your mind and into the real world. Set aside plenty of time to engage in your passion, be it art, writing, business, or a charity of some kind. Identify your favorite way of expressing yourself, and use it!
“Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.” – Stuart Scott
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You’re on a constant quest for truth and discovery, and you’ll stop at nothing to understand how the world works and what your place is in it. This year broaden your mental flexibility by exploring new ideas, experimenting creatively, and acting upon your theories to get real-world feedback.
“Part of the elasticity that you need, in order to continue to try to create, is the foregone conclusion that not all of it is going to be fabulously successful. But it’s all going to be part of a long lifetime body of experimentation.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
You have a talent for understanding human dynamics and bringing people together with a sense of purpose and meaning. This year, learn to set healthy boundaries for yourself so that you’re getting the time you need for your own self-care. Sometimes this means letting people solve their own problems and deal with their own emotions independently. Before acting, slow down, and quiet your mind. Connect with your subjective experience, and think of your long-term goals and desires. This will help you to make more focused decisions.
“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.” – Brene Brown
Determined and ambitious, you climb the ranks of success by keeping focused on your goals and taking initiative. That said, sometimes you can get so focused on “doing” that you lose track of your deeper subjective desires and the long-term values you aim to satisfy. Sometimes you need to turn your attention away from your to-do list and check into your intuition and see if there are any beliefs, perspectives, or strategies that need your attention.
“Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.” – J.D. Stroube
You have a unique ability to see patterns, implications, and underlying meanings. This year spend some time tapping into your creativity and ambition. When you have ideas and insights, write them down. Spend time every day in a quiet, gentle space and let your imagination wander without any pressure or direction. What insights or thoughts come to you? Write them down. Don’t say “Yes” to so many things that you obliterate your own sense of direction.
“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” – Albert Camus
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Your visionary, long-term focus and strategic way of thinking set you apart from the crowd. You are fascinated with the future, with emerging technologies, and the direction of humankind. Spend some time this year envisioning a positive outcome or possibility – what are some things that you could do to influence the trajectory of that outcome? Find a quiet place in your house or apartment where you can go to turn off noise, interruptions, and let your mind ponder these things.
“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Energetic, adventurous, and good-natured – you’re someone who knows what it means to “Seize the day!” Your expressiveness paired with your quick wits makes you a magnetic individual. This year, pick a skill you’ve wanted to learn, but put off for too long. Think of one thing you could subtract from your schedule to make room for this skill. It could mean setting time limits on social media or getting up a half-an-hour earlier every morning. Make a commitment with yourself to work on that skill or goal for that half-hour each day!
“The biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind: Never let your mind talk you out of your dreams, trick you into giving up. Never let your mind become the greatest obstacle to success. To get your mind on the right track, the rest will follow.”
― Roy T. Bennett
Energetic and magnetic, you have a sense of power and adventure that draws people in. This year, push your willpower and stamina by working methodically towards a goal that really matters to you. Be present, playful, but focused. Pick a skill that makes use of your attention-to-detail and quick wits. This could be learning a new instrument, practicing survival skills, or mastering the techniques of a particular sport.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
Creative, pragmatic, and sincere, you’re someone who prioritizes living a life of integrity and personal meaning. Living by your convictions and in alignment with your values is your highest priority. This year, take some time to be present and immersed in your environment. This helps you to relax, and it also helps you to find tangible ways to bring your ideas and values into reality.
“Live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find eternity in each moment.” – Henry David Thoreau
Pragmatic, independent, and objective, you’re someone who knows how to troubleshoot and find clarity in situations that would perplex other types. This year, learn to give radical truths with tact. Don’t punish yourself when you say something truthful and it hurts someone unless you were condescending or insensitive in saying it. Become in touch with your body, the world around you, and the present moment. Turn off your phone at a certain time every night so that you can exercise, look at the stars, drive, or play a song. This will help you to de-stress and be inspired.
“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
You’re someone who believes in putting action to compassion. When you care about people, you put energy and detailed thought into improving their lives. In fact, you can be so focused on tending to other people that you lose yourself in the process. This year, ask yourself, “Which of my needs am I blinding myself to?” It could be adequate rest, nutrition, emotional support, or alone time. Once you identify that need, see if you can find a specific and easy way to get it met.
“Think of a wave: it washes onto the shore, and then it rolls back. Likewise, each of your activities has a backside of stillness. To be with people, you must be alone. To listen, you need silence. To exercise, you need rest. You do not need to inflict rest, silence, or aloneness. You can simply surrender to your existing urges for these essential actions.” – Vironika Tugaleva
You are a master of organizing your resources and time to manage tasks and achieve the objectives you aim for. Practical and direct, you believe that time is a resource to be used wisely. This year, take your feelings into account when you organize your time. You can get so caught up in gathering financial resources and taking care of the details of your home or career that you overlook your emotional needs. Name three things that bring you true joy and emotional contentment. How can you work those three things into your daily life on a more consistent basis?
“Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.” – Sean O’Casey
You have a unique ability to sense what people need to feel comfortable and secure. You aim to create a life with a sense of “flow,” and routine – where beautiful moments are captured and curated, where there’s an overall sense of harmony and peace. A chaotic, erratic, unstable life gets in the way of your sense of joy and peace. But sometimes you can get so used to instability that you make it the new “stable.” What are some things that are causing you stress that you have control over to change? This year, set some healthy boundaries and make some small changes to make your life more stable, peaceful, and calm. When that happens, you can have space to grow, imagine, and reach your potential.
“You need boundaries… Even in our material creations, boundaries mark the most beautiful of places, between the ocean and the shore, between the mountains and the plains, where the canyon meets the river.” ― William Paul Young
Reliable, steady, and supportive – you’re someone who believes in contributing to the world you’re a part of. You may not seem “touchy-feely” and gregarious, but you care about your community and you show that through tangible, consistent action. This year, think about what gives your life a sense of meaning and contentment. How can you set up the right conditions so that you can be at your best? Make time for quiet, uninterrupted solitude to pursue your varied interests.
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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