It’s that time of year. Everywhere you turn there is talk about making resolutions and finding ways to improve yourself. Exercise more! Eat more nutritiously! Get your finances in order! Do this! Do that!
We so often make false promises about how we will act and the changes we will make in our lives. In reality, what we are doing is setting ourselves up for a major guilt trip in the coming months.
Enough with the doing. Enough with the fixing. Let’s short-circuit the guilt.
What if you started this New Year with an emphasis on who you will be in 2012? I’ve posed some questions to get you started.
- How do you want to feel during the year? What experiences will generate or reinforce these feelings?
- Who are you when you spend time with the people you love having in your life? What if these delicious moments increased?
- What would cause you to leap up and shout, “It is so great to be alive!” every day in 2012?
- How can you experience more passion in your life?
- What will it feel like as you share your unique gifts more often with the world?
- What if you love yourself, just as you are?
While I am still reflecting on these very questions myself, I’d like to share what I have written in my journal today.
I want to feel gratitude every day. I want to push myself to take risks for the sheer joy of the challenge. I want to savor every moment and to really notice what is happening right now. I want to be open to the lessons life will be presenting me, knowing that there is always something to learn, from all situations. I plan to have more fun in my life, by myself and with those in my inner circle. I want to celebrate who I am and what has gotten me to this point in my life. And I am giving myself permission to be creative often, in a multitude of ways.
I will be spending some time over the next few days completing this assignment, focusing on my heart’s desires — before the New Year and my calendar get away from me.
Your call to action:
The really wonderful thing about a New Year is that you can use it for a springboard for your intentions. Consciously choose how you will be in 2012. Don’t worry about the doing. That will take arise naturally from your state of be-ing.