As we head into yet another year full of great promise, the reality is that most of us go back to ‘living by default’ after only a few weeks into the New Year. It can be overwhelming, and it may seem impossible, to step boldly forward into manifesting your goals/dreams into real experiences. These dreams are possible! If we get clear with ourselves and access the right goal/dream and then deepen our commitment, it then becomes possible. I love the quote from, Napoleon Hill that states “that whatever the mind can conceive, and believe, the mind can achieve.”
Most of us begin our New Year Resolutions right after the holidays. As evidence, I share my own yearly observation of attending my local gym. Every year, the yoga classes I attend swell with newbie’s eager to step into their New Year commitment of losing weight and getting into better shape. All month long there is barely any elbow room, but I don’t sweat it, because I know that when February hits, many will burn out. Then, once again, I will have plenty of space to flay my arms and legs around without bumping into anyone.
Why did so many people start the New Year with a bang, but then so quickly quit on making good on their well-intended resolutions? The reason, from energetic perspective, is because most of us are not taught the energetic and soulful way to set a goal. Most of us start a goal from a reactionary desire, rather than a real heart’s desire. The real heart’s desire is only revealed through self-inquiry. The truth is that any real change takes work, discipline and, most of all, a deeper level of commitment.
Here are a few ways to have an energetic edge on becoming successful at your New Year’s hearts desires.
- One reason that goals/dreams are not realized is that we begin them too fast or it isn’t simply the right timing. When we rev-up our energy up too fast – it burns out. Liken your goals and dreams to running a marathon and not a short sprint. It may take you a bit longer than you think and that is okay.
- Build your goals/dreams by making small and consistent daily action steps. That will gain participation of the parts of you that are not all in the same game yet. You have to befriend the voices that are resistant to change. When we go too fast or too direct, we build resistance, allowing our inner voices of the perfectionist, critic and saboteur to turn-up their volume, making the task too difficult.
- Doing “nothing” is not easy. When is the right time to begin your goals? One can make a hundred changes, but the right one is what is most important. The new energy of the year does not come into the universal grid until Chinese New Year which begins this year on January 27, 2017. Every year, the Chinese New Year falls on the first New Moon, so you have to check the arrival of Chinese New Year every year. It is the lunar, not the solar, calendar that affects our emotional shifts and changes. Your personal timing also has to be considered. You have to be aware of when your energy has shifted and when the time is right for you.
Begin anew this year by starting out, “Nice and Easy.” Carve out some time for exploration and self-inquiry over a period of several weeks. Ask yourself a line of questions, starting with what is important for me to experience this year? Make a list and then ask why it is important? As you drill down you will begin to get to the heart of your desires which will help you in setting a trajectory for the New Year. This” nice and easy” approach is sure to bring greater clarity that will help you set an intention that is right for you.