Did it seem like the Christmas/New Year’s annual down time was longer than normal with both holidays occurring on a Wednesday, and somewhat disrupting two full weeks? It’s a fun and very different time of year to relax and hopefully recharge.
Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? I hope so.
A resolution is an intention or a destination. It’s like setting your GPS towards where you want to go. Years ago it was said by Steven Covey in one of his bestselling books, “Begin with the end in mind”. No matter how you state it, the question is “Where do we want to go”?
Where do we want to go professionally/financially, where do we want to go emotionally, where do we want to go with our relationships or our health? Have you established a clear and concise intended destination? It’s the mandatory starting place.
Regularly I’m asked, “What if I’m not sure where I want to go?” Well, where will your GPS take you if you’re not sure where to set it? You don’t need the perfect destination today, but you do need a destination. Remember you can always change your mind tomorrow. If we wander around aimlessly without an “end in mind” we become zombies living in a chaotic state, usually with a high degree of stress and anxiety. Direction and purpose give of a sense of peace and calm.
Once we have our resolution or intention how do we go about reaching it? It starts with a physical action plan.
So, what are you going to do to make your resolution a reality? Are you going to start training for a new career? Are you going to change your diet and start walking everyday to lose some weight? Are you going to join some new groups or perhaps even use the internet to meet that new relationship partner? WHAT IS YOUR DAILY ACTION PLAN???
For over half of my adult life I firmly believed that a clear and concise goal coupled with hard work would allow you to accomplish everything. I remember clearly waking up one day about twenty years ago, looking in the mirror and asking this question. Why am I not getting what I want from my work and my relationships with all the effort I’m putting into these areas of my life? It was the search for the answer to this question that ultimately changed me forever! What I have learned, and what I practice and teach is that we are BOTH physical and non physical energetic beings. The physical part we all understand, that’s the hard diligent work and precise goal planning, but the energetic part is more difficult and more powerful.
The energetic part is our personal vibration, our emotions, our thoughts, our beliefs. No matter how much we want something, unless we are a vibrational match to it, manifestation usually remains out of reach. Put another way, WE MUST FEEL TODAY AS IF WE ALREADY HAVE THAT WHICH WE DESIRE! I know this can be very difficult especially when all that we don’t want seems to be overwhelming at times, but this is where practice and discipline are required.
We must learn, usually through a meditation practice, to calm and then control our mind and emotions, and next, alter our spoken words and beliefs if they are contrary to our desires. If your mind cannot relax, then how can you relax? If you preach Murphy’s Law then how can things consistently go your way? If you exist in an emotional state of fear, how can you live a life of peace and calm?
It’s not a chicken and the egg question, it is fact. Your thoughts, emotions, words, and beliefs must be in line with what you want before it can be attained.
If you are clear on your resolutions and have a regular physical action plan then it’s time to start working on the energetic vibrational you to make your intention materialize. Set aside about twenty minutes each day and begin a steady habit of slowly altering your thoughts and emotions to be in sync with what you desire.
I’m asked regularly how do I learn to meditate? Well, how do you learn to paint a picture, or play a sport or instrument? You get a teacher, a book, or an instructional video, and you practice, right? There are wonderful teachers and material available everywhere if manifesting your intentions and resolutions are really important to you. Just one (lovingly biased) example is my wife Julie www.freetobe.co who teaches a very basic six week beginner meditation course in person or long distance over the phone.
It’s a new year once again and a new beginning if we wish. We are the painters of our life canvas through our actions and our vibrations. Life is meant to be not only educational, but fun, peaceful, and abundant!