Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s the beginning of another year and some of you are coming up with resolutions or goals for the new year. Resolutions are made for the upcoming year and often by the end of January, they are forgotten or abandoned because “they are so much work to keep doing". This is usually done with great intentions but often makes you feel badly when you don’t complete them.
What if this year, you set goals and intentions in a slightly different way? Instead of coming up with a list of goals that you think you “should” work on, what if you came up with a list that comes from your heart and feels good? Instead of thinking and rethinking what to do, get into your heart and see what feels right to do. I know you can come up with goals and resolutions that you would enjoy completing.
Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions have to do with losing weight, being healthy, work or relationships. Often resolutions are made with a specific, detailed result. That is the old way of making resolutions. Want to try the new way of setting goals that is more empowering?
What if instead your resolution is to be happy? Or healthy? Or working in your passion? Rather than a specific goal of getting healthy by losing 25 pounds while going on ABC diet and working out 5 days a week, you have a goal or goals that are broader. Your resolutions now allow you more freedom to create happiness or health or your passion, in every moment, whatever that means for you.
One day being healthy will mean that you are taking steps to eating better or exercising more. You may realize that you are not getting enough quality sleep and you start going to bed earlier. It is brought to your awareness that emotions affect your physical health. You decide to go within to look at what emotions you are carrying that may be causing your body to be less than healthy.
When you set goals that are specific and you aren’t able to be consistent all the time, you get frustrated or upset with yourself. In this new way of setting goals or intentions, you have more “wiggle room”. When you set a goal of ABC and you feel that is what needs to be done, you are limiting yourself. What if something D through Z is more beneficial for you? In the new way, you are allowing for more helpful possibilities to come to you.
You may believe you know what is best for you but sometimes you don’t always know what is best! Allow space for the unexpected, beneficial event or person to come into your life. Make a commitment to yourself that this year you are going to be more open, less rigid and controlling, to allow unknown and unplanned gifts to come to you.
The first of the year always brings hopes and wishes of new beginnings or beneficial changes in your life. This year, imagine each day to be the beginning of something new and wonderful in your life. Stay in the moment and be aware of all that is unfolding in that moment.
It’s a new year and every day is a new day . . . what will your intentions be for each new day? Wishing you a year filled with days that are better than you can imagine! Happy, exciting, 365 new days this year!
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