Friday, December 31, 2010
I do not believe in making New Year's resolutions. I find that it's too easy to say what you *want* to do and that making a bold declaration that come a certain date, everything is going to change when in reality, it doesn't. For me, there are several parts to successful and lasting change:
1. Make decisions that will create a permanent and sustainable lifestyle change. I have found that in order to achieve something I sometimes require taking baby steps towards those goals - breaking them down into manageable pieces if that's what it takes.
2. Do not judge yourself. As in "I need to lose weight" "I need to join the gym." Saying that "I need" or "I should" is a judgment that I haven't yet started to do the thing I want to accomplish. A better idea? Turn off the inner critic and instead, imagine your desired circumstances as if they have already happened as in, "I am a healthy size 12."
3. Believe in the Law of Attraction.What you put out, you get back. State what you want and move from there. Books upon books have been written about this subject. Call it "The Secret," "The Power of Positive Thinking," "Creative Visualization" or to "'Ask and it is Given," the key ingredient is to act "As if."
4. Create a manifestation list. In lieu of making resolutions for the New Year, I create a manifestation list. I write out what I will achieve, and whether or not I have a clue how I will accomplish it is irrelevant. I let the universe take care of it. It's as if you start the ball rolling simply by stating what you want and believing that it is possible.
5. Create a personal mission statement. I've got to thank my friend Jim Donovan for this one. He taught me to create a personal mission statement that could be used to measure any personal action against. My statement is as follows:
My world is one of abundance. I believe there will always be MORE than enough. I create this reality by modeling openness, living in a mindful and compassionate way, and by working to inspire others through my own means of honest self expression: art, writing, music, teaching.
Happy New Year to all of you! And a big huge THANK YOU for your comments, feedback, motivation, love & encouragement on my journey. I wish this next year to be your best ever in whatever you wish to acheive.