Opening to 2017 in new ways

Most of us know by now the short-lived impact of New Year’s resolutions. They often fail because we frequently attempt to create a new future based on thoughts and subconscious beliefs of the past.

Hence, we train ourselves to stay in the familiar of the old, repeating cycles that no longer serve our soul’s innate desire for growth.

This year, try changing it up. Instead of setting specific goals and intentions, begin each day in wonder and awe, staying open to what NEW opportunities or possibilities arrive. Expect miracles and surprises. Release your will and see if there is a bigger plan for your life emerging.

Life is beginning to unfold in new

When “the new” appears, instead of sabotaging it with fear of the unfamiliar, trust in the rewards of learning to come alive in new ways. It’s OK to feel a little shaky when we step out of our comfort zones. Excitement and fear often feel the same in the body.

A good way to train our minds to move forward is to begin each morning asking open-ended questions.

This past year I’ve been immersed in practicing and teaching the latest in neuroscience to accelerate transformation and manifestation of dreams. Here’s a big takeaway for you from in-depth research and experience: “What If” questions significantly help change the brain’s prefrontal cortex to achieve new outcomes.

Here are a few to play with:

1. What if I were living my ideal life now? What would I want it to look like?
2. What brings me joy?
3. Is there something new and different I can do today (and every day to keep my mind in an expansive state)?
4. Who are the people in my life who champion me, and where I can I find more of them?
5. Who am I independent of my circumstances?

In the weeks ahead, I’ll be sharing more ways to shift into a bigger life from my continued plunge into the latest breakthroughs from neuroscience, and insights from teaching my LIVE FROM GREATNESS group for the past nine months.

Wishing you a magical 2017!

In delightful anticipation of new joys,


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  • Sharon hildebrandt says:

    Wonderful blog, Gail! These five questions you pose are insightful. I have enjoyed living with you for the last four months and look forward to our continued friendship. Your 2017 is starting out magical and will continue!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Sharon for your kind words and especially for hosting me these past four months in your home so I could integrate the work I have been called to teach others. To more and more leaps of faith and magic…Big hugs, Gail

  • Barbara Geraghty says:

    As a result of Gail’s expansive questions in my conversations with her, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things. I already feel more excited and alive. Today I booked an Air BnB room with an incredible view in Queenstown New Zealand, a quiet place to spend a few days at the end of an aggressive hiking trip. I was a little nervous, especially about finding the place in a strange country, but I took a deep breath and hit Book It. Ten minutes later the owner texted me to thank me and offered to pick me up. Staying in an Asian couple’s home in New Zealand is a bigger adventure for me than the hiking trip, but I bet I learn something from the experience. Now what will I do to stretch tomorrow?

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Barbara: Thanks for sharing your BIG leaps, and your inspiration for trying new things each day. I have also enjoyed our many conversations, and have learned much from you as well. New Zealand sounds so exciting. It’s fun watching you feel more alive! Warmly, Gail

  • Susan says:

    LOVE this!!!!! Merci!

  • Gail, thank you so much for your friendship over the past few months. God is so good the way He puts new people in our lives who can help us “see” new things. Usually it works both ways. Two people brought together help one another, “sharpen” each other! I feel that has happened with you and me.

    My add-on to what you said here for 2017 is this: Jesus said, “I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.”

    God speaks to me along these lines in the Secret Place of His Presence. His Presence is where He always reveals “new things.” That is also the place where He proves to me that intimacy with Him yields joy and gladness. And that is how His joy and gladness “overflow” to others through me.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Emily for sharing your insights. I, too, have appreciated our friendship over the past few months. It’s been fun also to explore the ways to balance neuroscience with spirituality, with each of us finding our own way to embrace “the new”– and learning from one another by staying open to what each has to say. To a year of more miracles on many levels. Gratefully, Gail

  • Ann Marie says:

    Happy New Year!
    What a loving and gentle way to start refreshed.
    I have been noticing how magnificent the sunrise and sunsets have been.
    Like a child again I view the cloud formations and see birds and angels and art forms.

    Thank you for this blog which will remind me to be still long enough to see the beauty surrounding
    Us. Got to go smell the fresh brewed coffee!
    Big hugs to you:)

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Happy New Year to you, too, Ann Marie!

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful images of “being.” The more I witness the transformations of my clients, the more I see that it is in their moments of silence and being as you so beautifully described that their greatest shifts occur. We have even laughingly shared that “DOING” is overrated! Yes, we need to take actions on our dreams. Yet, we often find those dreams that bring forth the greatest expressions of our authentic selves by sitting in silence, meditating, walking in nature, and surrendering to the gentle guidance that will come forth. Big hugs back to you. Wishing you a magnificent year of increased joy! oxo, Gail

  • Kim says:

    Even though I teach a course in finding your mission and creating personal strategic plans I do believe it is so important to live in wonder, awe and dream, trusting God will provide. For me, a purpose and plan is important to have to guide me knowing that…”this or something better”. So important to have both!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Kim: Beautifully said. I absolutely agree we need both (and sometimes the purpose comes to us from more moments of “being”). Taking action on our dreams is essential! It’s not either/or. I also love your line “this or something better” to keep the plan unfolding and expansive. Thanks for sharing your great insights. oxo, Gail

  • Thanks for this powerful post Gail! You are so right that the body processes newness in different ways, vacillating between fear of the unknown and excitement of the emerging reality. Trusting in this process has been one of the loneliest and most profound experiences of my life. So grateful for the journey and that our paths crossed…..keep inspiring the world!!!:)

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Lisa: Thank YOU for so eloquently describing the process of reinvention from the inside out. I honor your sharing the loneliness of the journey along with the profound rewards. Stepping into the unknown and staying there for extended periods of time while we re-wire our brains for the new is not for the faint-of-heart. It takes vigilance, commitment, and is done best with a strong inner circle of support. I, too, am grateful for your presence in my life–as we both honored this “calling” to help others move from victims of the past to creators of the future, where one lives from a greater sense of love and purpose. To the courage of “being” more and more so we serve from a fuller state of wholeness. With gratitude, Gail

  • Marj says:


    Thanks for the inspiring “questions” to keep us on target for creating in the NEW!

    Can’t wait to see what’s next…our 25+ years of friendship has been an adventure!

    Continue your great work….we’re on our way!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Yes, Marj: We’re on our way to soaring together…My new book (five years in the works) is almost done, my classes are taking off, and I’ll be spending more time in Atlanta this year visiting you and family. So exciting. What a journey of friendship it has been. Thanks for all your ongoing support through our courageous work of recreating ourselves from the inside out! Huge hugs, Gail

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