“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’”

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson


Let’s begin 2021 envisioning, and collectively creating, a more compassionate and loving world.

One way to create anew is by asking open-ended questions, which help the pre-frontal cortex of the brain open to new possibilities.

To start, shift the focus off of your current circumstances, go within, and ask:

    1. How can I be more compassionate and loving to myself?

  • Praise yourself for all you endured and/or overcame.
  • Do something extra gentle or nurturing to reward yourself. That act can be as simple as crossing your arms over your chest and giving yourself a hug, or taking a day off, totally unplugged, doing absolutely nothing.
  1. How can I extend compassion and love to others?
  • Look at others who have hurt you, and wonder what pain that person must be in to project their wounds onto you. As the saying goes, “Hurting people hurt people.”
  • Seek knowing these others, too, were born as love. While we don’t have to accept their behavior, we can pray that they be given the courage to explore their own healing journey, instead of projecting their pain onto others.   May we also move from pain to peace as our own wounds are healed from others’ misdirected anger.
  • Our life lessons may differ, yet we can respect our common humanity honoring that we are all here to grow and learn.

Then, with a stronger foundation of compassion and love, ask:

  1. How can I be more powerful?
  • We are born whole, worthy and with an innate greatness. Look for ways where you have given that internal power to others instead of claiming it for yourself.
  • Express your unique talents and gifts, and stop comparing yourself to others. Do one thing today, or in the next week, that is a reflection of some expression of yourself you might not have shown before.
  • Take a risk outside of your comfort zone. Join a new MeetUp group (check out MeetUp.com for groups in your area), find a new hobby, or speak up in new ways.
  • Come out of hiding. Give yourself permission to be seen, heard, valued and acknowledged.
  1. Is there some contribution I can make towards improving our world, or the lives around me?
  • Smiling, taking time to listen and be lovingly present to someone else, and choosing not to judge others who have a differing opinion, are just a few ways you can make a difference.
  • Listen to the nudges to “give back” and see where you may be of service this year. The happiest people are those who serve—and they are sure to fill their own tank along the way, so they give from fullness, not exhaustion or resentment.

STARTING AGAIN-honoring body, mind and soul

Honor each day for the new beginning it is.

First of all, know the power of your body to create anew.   Each day, the body produces about 100 billion new red blood cells and over four million epidermal skin cells, according to Ken Sladain, a former professor of histology (microscopic anatomy).

How will you treat your body this year? Besides choosing with more awareness what you eat or how you much you exercise, remember: Changing our thoughts changes our bodies. What does your mental diet look like? What words do you speak to and about yourself?

My wish for all of us is that we choose to begin each day with a clean slate, which is found in moments of silence. It is from that silence that we find our grace and direction, and move beyond darkness or despair to reconnect to our light.

Then, fill those empty spaces with nourishing thoughts, particularly the first five minutes of the day or the last five minutes before going to bed a night.

Here’s a prayer for each of us (from the Metta Institute):

  • May I be happy.
  • May I be well.
  • May I be safe.
  • May I be peaceful and at ease.

Extend that prayer to those placed before you:

  • May you be happy.
  • May you be well.
  • May you be safe.
  • May you be peaceful and at ease.


We’re stronger together!  Rich connections improve our health and well-being.

If you would like to kick off the New Year with a greater sense of community, join my first group coaching program Jan. 17th. Learn key concepts for creating a vision board, based on neuroscience. Registration details are at the end.

Three distinguishing elements of this innovative vision board workshop:

  1. The sharing of my personal vision boards, and what images and actions I took to manifest my dreams.
  2. Learning how to use very specific empowering words, which I fine-tuned based on decades as a journalist and writer, to help you shift your mind to greater possibilities.
  3. Holding the higher vibration of new creation collectively, with like-minded others, accelerates change.

You also can feel a greater sense of connection this year by signing up for my new podcast launching January 5th. I will be sharing insights on claiming your worthiness for transforming your life. I have a wonderful lineup of inspiring guests scheduled for future podcasts.

My first guest, who will be appearing Jan. 12th, is Kathy Dempsey, bestselling author, a top healthcare speaker in the country, change expert and the founder of The Shedding Revolution. She will be sharing ways for “Shedding 2020.”

Step out of isolation, beyond your comfort zone, and come grow with us in new ways, feeling championed as you reach for new dreams.

Happy 2021!

Blessings and cheers to moving forward,


Sharon Spector captured the above photograph of the spring cactus flower getting ready to burst with life in Carefree, Arizona.

Sharon is a Sarasota, Florida-based photographer who is passionate about the unexpected moments and whimsy in life through bright colors and a joie de vivre. She studied photography at Jeff Bernier’s Photography Studio in Montmartre, Paris.  To see more of her work, email sharingjoy@ymail.com.



My recent appearance on CBS-TV is directly related to the dream I placed on my vision board for becoming a nationally recognized expert on worthiness.  In fact, 90 percent of the dreams I have placed on my vision boards in the past three years have come true. Why? I incorporate neuroscience and other unique tools in creating my vision boards and spend time getting VERY CLEAR beforehand.

 I would like to help you do the same, using the power of group energy to accelerate the process.

Coach Gail Jones Zoom Group Coaching Classes

Coach Gail Jones Zoom Group Coaching Classes


“Harnessing the Power of the Vision Board Using Neuroscience”

…Creating anew beyond just the pictures

(Via my new ZOOM group coaching class)

Sunday, January 17, 2021

3 p.m. EST

Special introductory session, $25

SIGN UP EARLY as this group coaching session is filling up fast, by emailing gailjones@claimyourworthiness.com. Payment is due by January 12th to secure your spot.


A subsequent, four-session (February to May) monthly group program to follow: “Using the Vision Board as a Catalyst for Change”—Opening the door to expanding your life in unlimited ways, and staying on track with your dreams. (Price to be determined later based on the size of group.)


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  • Marta Tracy says:

    Best post ever, Coach Gail Jones. Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your insightful and reflective ideas for entering this New Year 2021.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thank you, Marta, for recognizing the care and thought that went into creating this post. Glad you found my ideas so impactful. Happy New Year. Blessings, Gail

  • sharon says:

    Gail, thanks for putting and sharing your passion into an inspired roadmap to claim our worthiness… and into this beautiful platform. You have inspired me to take a deeper dive into the world of neuroscience behind it. Onward we go into 2021.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thank you, Sharon. I was deeply moved by your eloquent words of support: “an inspired roadmap to claim our worthiness” and “this beautiful platform.” After years in development, working solo as a pioneer (like many others I know) it is so wonderful to see my work touching others’ lives in such significant ways. I look forward to expanding the community here, teaching more about using neuroscience and others tools to help us all create our best lives. Blessings, Gail

  • Laurie Gills says:

    Such a great post, Gail! Upon reading, it immediately placed me in the present. Thank you!
    I was instantly drawn to #4 – as I am physically feeling healthier these days, I’m now feeling more motivated exploring my gifts, my contributions to the world.. to our home : )

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Laurie, and so wonderful to hear about all the positive shifts you have made recently. What a great way to start the new year! And I love how you added making a contribution to your home…such a sweet idea. Blessings, Gail

  • Lisa May says:

    Happy New Year, indeed Gail! Thank you for this beautiful post, so much goodness and clear guidance here. I love “STARTING AGAIN-honoring body, mind and soul!” Deeply resonates. Here’s to an amazing year ahead!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Happy New Year to you, too, Lisa. Glad that STARTING AGAIN section deeply resonated with you. Yes, to an amazing year ahead! Blessings, Gail

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