Thursday, December 27, 2012

What's your New Year's Resolution?

Have you made your New Year Resolution?  To eat healthily, stop smoking, exercise more, make more time for you.

Did you make the same one last year?

Oh by the way, I want to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR, one that is full of every blessing that the Universe can bestow upon you, and all for your Highest Good.
I also recognize that the world is in turmoil, and some of you may be feeling helpless and overwhelmed by it all. Perhaps 2013 will be just as challenging as 2012 turned out to be.

Making the decision is the first step, and it’s an important one; but it’s only the first step.  So how do you make it actually happen?  There’s a common misconception that change has to be slow or difficult to be real and worthwhile; and this isn’t the case at all.  You learn amazingly quickly – when you were little, you probably didn’t have to touch many hot things before you learned not to do it anymore.  You carry out immensely complex tasks like walking and talking every day, so effortlessly that you take it for granted.  And you can harness that same learning capacity to change your habits, boost your motivation – whatever it is that makes you who you really want to be.

Lasting change takes part unconsciously, so it doesn’t need willpower or effort:  They key is in getting a clear, consistent message about what you want into your unconscious.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t know how to do this, which is why so many resolutions don’t make it far past New Year.

Try this simple technique, used by sports stars and top business people alike:
Close your eyes, and take a few moments to breathe slowly and deeply, and relax.  Now, imagine the you that you want to be standing in front of you – the you who’s achieved the resolution.  How does that you look?  How are they standing or moving, how do they sound, what’s the expression on their face?

Imagine walking all the way round that you, fine tuning all the details until it’s exactly as you want it to be – maybe they’re not looking quite radiant (or smug) enough – remember this, you had achieved exactly what you set out to do.  Make any adjustments you need, then when you have it perfect, step into that you.  How does it feel to be standing that way, moving that way, wearing that expression on your face?  Really immerse in all those good feelings, and the immense sense of achievement.

Now turn and look back towards the you of the present time.  From this position of already having had achieved your goal, look back on the steps you took.  We often say that hind sight’s invaluable, so why wait?  Look at the milestones you passed on the way, maybe how you celebrated.  What will make that journey to this new you even easier?  And when you have a good sense of all it means to have achieved your goal, step back out of that you, bringing with you all the experience and good feeling, back into the here and now.

Now, go and be awesome. 

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