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What new and improved patterns - ones that will serve you well - will you take with you into the New Year?

Change your life: Patterns

22 December, 2014

“Awareness is the precursor of change'”

When we stop and think about it, we can probably recognize many different behaviour patterns in our lives.

Some of these might be having a positive influence,whilst others could be doing quite the opposite. With the holiday  season fast approaching, it can be valuable to take a few minutes to think about some of your behaviour patterns.

Congratulate yourself on those that are likely to contribute positively to your enjoyment of the festivities – and take an honest look at those patterns which are likely to produce less positive results.

“As a silversmith sifts dust from silver, remove your own imbalances little by little.” –  The Dhammapada

  • Do you tend to run yourself ragged as a result of other people’s expectations?
  • Do you tend to eat or drink far too much over Christmas and the New Year and neglect doing any exercise?
  • Do you take the love and support of those round you 101 granted?
  • Do you over-spend and then have to spend months repairing the damage to your bank account or overdraft?

Step One: Make yourself AWARE of existing patterns.

Step Two: Recognise that you have a CHOICE:

a)     to continue the existing pattern, or

b)     to consciously let it go and adopt a new pattern that serves; you better.

What new and improved patterns – ones that will serve you well – do you want to take with you into the New Year?


  • Annabel Sutton is a Professional Certified Coach and Author.  She has lived in Los Angeles and Indonesia; survived earthquakes and riots, lived with head-hunters and enjoyed a portfolio career.  She now enjoys a somewhat quieter life in Somerset!  Her latest book, 52 Ways to Transform Your Life (Weekly Wisdom for Busy People), contains 52 inspiring, quick-to-read life tips and is available from . Find more information at