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spike bullet January 2010 - Forecast for the Year

Themes and trends for 2010
Suggestions and Tips for 2010
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color bulletJanuary 2010 - Forecast for the Year

Themes and trends
  • Creativity
  • Growing self-reliance
  • People connecting with each other
  • A desire for adventure
  • Disintegration of old rigid institutions and organizations
  • New ways of doing business
  • Changing values
  • Interest in native, shamanic or alternative spiritual beliefs.
Last year, we talked about "back to basics" and re-evaluating where we are.  After that time of sifting and sorting and looking at where we were and what we want, 2010 can be the year that those plans and ideas can be put into action. The economy is slowly recovering according to all the "experts" and economic forecasts. 

Many of our institutions and structures have crumbled in recent years – the financial services industry is in shambles, housing is taking a beating, retail is suffering, manufacturing is struggling, etc.  Government is even suffering and has to cut back on services due to declines in revenues. All of this means that our important institutions are not meeting the needs of our society and much change.  While this seems like "tragedy" to some, it is part of the evolutionary cycle. In order to re-build, the old structures have to be torn down and rebuilt.  Eventually, the new structures will be much stronger and more appropriate to what our society needs. 

Some industries are flourishing in this time of change.  Arts and entertainment seems to be a bright spot in the economy right now.  Social networking is exploding and will continue its growth as people feel the need to connect.  [We've just put up a Facebook page.]


When times are difficult, people tend to connect more with others. This is part of a much larger scale trend away from an emphasis on individual competition to more team-oriented business and ways of being.  People don’t want to be alone during hard times.  Smaller, faster, lighter, fancier gadgets seem to have a ready market.  We expect a continued growth in electronics of all types and industries that help connect people.  

Health care and related issues will continue to draw our interest, our time and maybe our passion.  There will continue to be new developments in curing diseases and in keeping people healthy.  Many people are returning to feeling responsible for their own health and well-being, not just accepting what a doctor says is true or taking drugs to cover up their symptoms.  

Alternative wellness practices are becoming more and more mainstream because they work.  As people become healthier and take responsible for their own health, the costs of health care will be reduced.  We expect continuing debates about which is the "right way" to be healthy or to do health care.  There is no single right way.  In fact, there are quite a few "right" ways and there are quite a few "wrong" ways.  What may be right for one person may be wrong for another. 

The retail, manufacturing, distribution and media industries have been changing over the recent years as the explosive growth of the Internet has offered new ways of connecting customers with suppliers.  This trend will continue for many years and is a major catalyst for the changes we are seeing in our society.  Many people have forgotten how it was in "the old days" of just 10 or 20 years ago.  Other industries are having the same types of transformation, some more noticeable than others. 

Large corporations will continue to crumble and disintegrate if they cannot be nimble and flexible to meet the fast-paced changes that these times demand.  We have seen some interest in dismantling or changing government organizations as well, such as the Federal Reserve and major regulatory agencies.  There is talk of a world government vs. local country governments.  There is some interest in having three major political parties in the U.S. instead of just two.  There is discussion about whether the services offered by government are the right ones and whether they are funded in the right ways.  If public or private organizations cannot adapt to the needs of the society, they should be destroyed and rebuilt with something that will work.  It is healthy to look at how we do things, and look for new and better ways of managing our important institutions. 

Difficult times open up massive new opportunities for those can see through the bad news to the many opportunities that are becoming available every single day.  Many of those who lost their regular jobs have created new "jobs" by putting their passions and individual interests into starting a new business.

 The old saying, "necessity is the motherhood of creativity" is still true.  With large companies failing and huge layoffs, we need to create new businesses with new ways of creating income and productive activities to support our growing society.  We wrote a book specifically dedicated to helping people see their own creativity and how to use it to create income.  (See the "Income Without a Job" website for more details). 

Change is rippling through our entire society and each of us as individuals. It takes courage to change proactively. Some people will rejoice at the coming changes; other will dig in and resist with all their might.  Some people will decide they have had enough of this planet and move onto another dimension.  "Resistance is futile" and change will happen, whether we are ready or not.  Change is part of the natural evolution of the planet, of people, of systems. Change represents vitality and life itself.  What doesn’t change, withers and dies. 

In the spirit of change, we expect more people will want to get out and have adventures, travel, see the world or see their local sites.  People may change their lives, homes, jobs, relationships, etc.  There should be a lot of moving and changing going on in the next few years.  Adventures can be very simple and done in your own home town, neighborhood or back yard, or on a more elaborate scale.  The goal of an adventure is to have a new experience, to have a thrill or to experience something different than the "same old, same old" daily routine. 

Just as following the Great Depression, our society is demanding that we re-think some of the ways we do things following the Great Recession that we are now recovering from.  After major trauma, people are never the same.  That’s true whether the trauma is family, internal or a society.  We have suffered collectively through a major trauma; we no longer think and feel as we once did.  Therefore, our needs are different, our priorities are different and maybe even our values are now different. We no longer want the same things; we are no longer willing to put up with some things.  Other things are just not important any longer. We see a growing interest in people who are able to understand how the larger scope of our individual decisions affect our larger society, and how the larger society issues affect us individually on a day-to-day level.  Everything is connected. 

A recent study indicates that many people in the US have expanded their spiritual practices beyond what "traditional" religion teaches.  "The religious beliefs and practices of Americans do not fit neatly into conventional categories.  A new poll by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that large numbers of Americans engage in multiple religious practices, mixing elements of diverse traditions.  Many say they attend worship services of more than one faith or denomination — even when they are not traveling or going to special events like weddings and funerals.  Many also blend Christianity with Eastern or New Age beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects.  And sizeable minorities of all major U.S. religious groups say they have experienced supernatural phenomena, such as being in touch with the dead or with ghosts." Source: The Pew Forum on Religion & Life, December 2009 survey  

Ultimately, what can we control by ourselves?  Not very much.  So, the best we can do is to find peace with ourselves, our family, our day-to-day lives and do what we can do to be happier.  We have learned that we can live with less than we thought possible and that being frugal isn’t a bad thing.  Many people have actually felt much better with less ‘stuff’ to worry about and are happier living a simpler life. 

Take a few minutes to acknowledge what you have learned during the past year and how that has changed you forever. 

An exercise you might try:

  1. Find a quiet place and meditate about what you want to release from last year.
  2. When you are ready, write down what you want to release on a piece of paper.
  3. Burn the paper, consciously releasing whatever is written there and knowing that it is also gone from your consciousness.  If you are not in a safe place for burning, you can tear it up into little pieces and throw it away.
  4. Meditate on what you want for yourself in 2010.
  5. Allow yourself to be open to receiving a word, name or short phrase describing who you are and what is true for you in 2010.
  6. Write down whatever comes to you.
  7. Spend some time understanding the meaning of that word, name or phrase and allow it to assist you this year.  Find ways to use that word, name or phrase all year. Each time you use it, reaffirm what it means for you.
Tips for drawing out your own creativity in 2010 "Wild Ideas" graphic
  1. Play with possibilities this year.  Just for fun, buy a lottery ticket or imagine that a rich relative left you a fortune or imagine that you won the big jackpot at Las Vegas.  
  2. Imagine what you would ask for if you had a magic lamp and the genie allowed you unlimited  wishes.  
  3. Play with ideas about what you could do for the world if a huge miracle happened for you.  Allow yourself to dream BIG this year.  Maybe create a picture map or Treasure Map of what your heart wants most and keep it somewhere you can see it all year long.  Keep playing with possibilities.
  4. Notice the miracles all around you every day.  Some examples: 
    1. People who have cured themselves of serious illnesses
    2. Lives that have changed suddenly for the better
    3. Love
    4. Children
    5. Beauty
    6. Nature
    7. Friends
    8. Life itself.
  5. Be different this year.  Change something just for the sake of doing it differently every single day.  Dress differently.  Do something outrageous, just for fun (at least once in a while).
  6. Play with creativity.  Play with new ideas and new forms of doing business processes.  Experiment with new ways of doing things in your personal life.  If the idea doesn’t work, undo it or re-do it or start over with a new idea.
  7. Find some animal totems that speak to you and whose qualities you admire – maybe an Eagle soaring high above your troubles, a Cougar running wild and free, a Peacock showing its beauty to anyone who wants to see, a Rabbit that is soft and cuddly, a Chameleon that can change colors.  Notice how many animals are represented or used in our society – sports teams, toys, automobiles, calendars, photos, artwork, advertising, clothing, food, community and street  names. 
  8. Learn about other spiritual beliefs and practices to see if anything there resonates with you.  Ask your friends if they have tried alternative spiritual practices.  You might be surprised at what you find.
  9. Find ways to stay inspired and excited about your life.  Whatever you are passionate about, do more of it in 2010.
  10. Do less of whatever you don’t like to do.  If necessary, hire someone or trade services with someone who really loved to do what you don’t like so you can have more time and energy to devote to what you love to do.
  11. Make a commitment to yourself to spend your time the way YOU want to spend it – on whatever makes you feel most alive.
  12. Spend time with people you care about.  Take time to let them know you care regularly.  That includes your employees, co-workers, customers and clients.  Let them know when they do something right.  Say "thank you" often.
  13. Be less critical of others.  When someone does something you think is "odd," just remember that they are being themselves and allow them the space to be different.  Just as you would like others to appreciate you for who you are, without undue criticism.
  14. Appreciate the best that people have to offer and focus on their strengths not on their weaknesses.  Focus on your own strengths not your weaknesses. 
  15. Do something useful in your community – something that brings you joy and a feeling of accomplishing something larger than yourself.
  16. If you have regrets over past failures or past hurts, forgive yourself for your part in the interaction and forgive the other person(s) involved, then let it go.  Holding onto old ‘stuff’ robs you of vital energy that could be better used for your passions.
  17. Be kinder and gentler this year — to yourself and to others.
  18. Be grateful every single day for the many blessings you have.
Beautiful woman blowing hearts graphic For 2010, we wish you a year of living your life to the fullest in whatever way works for you.  May your life be blessed with magical adventures and may the wind lift your wings as you soar higher than you ever thought possible.

  Internet Resources

book graphic  Books   -  Disclosure: We get a small commission for purchases made via links to Amazon.

  • The Power Path: The Shaman’s Way to Success in Business and Life by  José Stevens and Lena Stevens.  New World Library, 2002.   ISBN-10: 1577312171  ISBN-13: 978-1577312178
  • Income Without a Job: Living Well Without a Paycheck.  Michael Jay Anthony, Barbara J. Taylor., 2008  ISBN-13: 978-0-557-00377-8.  Website:  Tap into your own creativity and use  your full potential.  Learn how to see opportunities that others miss.   
  • Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small.  Ted Andrews. Llewellyn Publications, 1996  ISBN ISBN-10: 0875420281  ISBN-13: 978-0875420288.  Ted Andrews has several good books in this series included Nature Speak and Animal Wise.  
  • Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham & Donald Clifton. The Free Press. 2001. (follow-up to First, Break All The Rules) ISBN: 0743201140 
  • Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity, Hugh MacLeod.  Portfolio, 2009.  ISBN-10: 159184259X  ISBN-13: 978-1591842590
  • What Color is Your Parachute, Richard Bolles (updated annually), Ten Speed Press; (January 2003) ISBN: 1580084605 
  • Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes 2nd Edition, William Bridges, Perseus Press, 1980 (excellent for anyone undergoing change ­ which is most of us) ISBN: 0201000822

smiley graphic The Lighter Side  

  • You see thing and you say, ‘Why?’ but I dream things that never were and I say, ‘Why not?’ ~ George Bernard Shaw
  • Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long.  We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious . . . and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. ~ Walt Disney
  • The key question isn’t "What fosters creativity?" but it is, "Why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative?"  Where was the human potential lost?  How was it crippled?  I think therefore a good question might be not "Why do people create?" but "Why do people not create or innovate."  We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything. ~ Abraham Maslow
  • The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. ~ Albert Einstein
  • Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. ~ Beatrix Potter
  • Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine and at last, you create what you will ~ George Bernard Shaw
  • The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.  You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful.  What you’ll discover is yourself. ~ Alan Alda
  • There is no use trying," said Alice. "One can’t believe impossible things."
    "I daresay you haven’t had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.  Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
    ~ Lewis Carroll
  • By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it.  The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Like attracts like.  Whatever the conscious mind thinks and believes, the subconscious identically creates. ~ Brian Adams
  • You are given the gifts of the gods; you create your reality according to your beliefs.  Yours is the creative energy that makes your world.  There are no limitations to the self except those you believe in. ~ Seth in The Nature of Personal Reality
Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive, because your behaviors become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.
~ Gandhi

Disclaimer: About our resource links:  We do not endorse or agree with all the beliefs in these links.   We do keep an open mind about different viewpoints and respect the ability of our readers to decide for themselves what is useful.

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