”There are 2 primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept responsibility for changing them.” -Denis Waitley
Ah, it’s the beginning of a New Year and we are roaring to get going……or not. Yes I know it’s the start of the New Year and we are all thinking of beginning the resolutions we set at the stroke of Midnight. Some of us might have already begun and for the rest of us we might feel like there is a trailer of dead wood we are dragging around with us…we feel like we are stuck in the mud.
I personally gave up on the whole “resolutions” mania. As a recovering perfectionist, I was tired of beating myself up when things did not go according to plan. I think it’s time to ditch traditional New Year Resolutions entirely in favor of something a bit more attainable: let’s call them New Year’s Intentions and creating a daily ritual.
Because unlike an unattained resolution (sometimes because we set them unrealistically), an intention is an ongoing effort. When you stray from an intention one day, you can come back to it the next day and pick up where you left off with new commitment to your aim. It’s a more malleable approach, because, let’s face it, life throws curveballs and some things we have no control over. But to reset the course.
Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
What I prefer about setting ‘intentions’ is that for me it’s more ‘flowing’ in my life. When I find myself overindulging in sweets on Halloween, I simply acknowledge that I didn’t fulfill my intention to the fullest and cut back the next week. By continually working on our intentions through the good days and bad, we may just find that we drop those pounds without the strict timeline or all-or-nothing approach. When we align the power of our word with the a feeling we are able to manifest abundantly.
This positive approach to intentions is often more effective (avoiding that burnout factor that resolutions have) and kinder. It allows you to celebrate the journey, not just the destination.
So what I do after I have become clear on all my intentions for the year I set about summing them up into one word (e.g. abundance). Then each month, an aspect of that intention (such as receiving) becomes the focus for my daily meditations . Then each time I am faced with a decision, I think about my word. Does this get me closer to my word? If not then maybe isn’t in my best interest right now. Set a timer for 30 minutes and use that time to focus and get clear. Remember the way we do anything is the way we do EVERYTHING , so if you want to not repeat last year’s habits etc start now with this little step.
To help get you started try the following and let me know what word you choose for 2016……I’m always curious:
- Write out your 2016 intentions
- Pick one word to summarize your intentions
- Create a visual of your word and intentions
- Create your plan of action for 2016