02/02/2011 12:37 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

2011 Shift: Prepare and Make the Most of This Opportunity

This is the year when the contraction, fear and lessons of the last few years shift into expansion mode. Don't miss this opportunity!

What really happened from 2008 to 2011?

From December 2007 to early March 2011 our need to grow as a culture called forth in everyone a sense of idealism that lead us to face some hard facts. December 2007 to July 2009 was a period that offered idealism. This idealism resulted in the election of President Obama in 2008, as well as the financial meltdown. For each person and social group, our idealism and practical reality were "working out" their differences.

In August 2009, we entered a period of facing reality. What were our "face the true music" lessons and what did we need to embrace to be free? This has been tough for many, as we worked through (or tried to manipulate) a crisis of fear. It happened to me and many people I know and love, so I understand.

It is also crucial to understand it was not our fault. There were things we did not know.
There were many things about our lives we needed to discover, face and embrace.
The upside, personally and socially, has been a slow, but real initiation of true maturity and purpose in many people. The downside has been a fear-driven impulse to protect vested interests.

The 2011 shift

In early March 2011 till late August 2012, this all moves to the next level. Here, expansion and inspiration provide the solution and a resolution of what we have all been through.
As we develop true maturity, authentic goals and character, this is the time to be a beacon of expansion and inspiration and the beneficiary of its abundance. It comes as no surprise that to respond to this "unexpected" bonus will take real wisdom. In January and February, therefore, it is crucial to make time to face the facts and learn the lessons from last three years. This will prepare you to pursue expansion based on what truly inspires you.

Making 2011 your turning point -- the best year of your life so far

This January, I have been doing amazing consultations with clients to help them plan the year ahead and make this the best year of their lives. This work is my gift, and at times like these I see the true value of conscious mentoring. Without an authentic personal vision, this time of expansive opportunity from March 2011 to August 2012 can be fearful and full of mediocrity.

I invite you to take advantage of this unique time. Make this year the foundation to the fulfillment of your highest dreams. I know this message sounds counterintuitive to many in the context of the times and to people in real pain and struggle. I get it; I have been there. However, historically and now culturally this is when the biggest breakthroughs in personal lives, business and cultures occur. My suggestion: Don't wish for it -- act now, and prepare to receive the bounty of the next year and a half.