Every year in December, we all start thinking about those New Year’s Resolutions. Then there we are in January – and yet again, we’ll show up, hoof it up for awhile, then, by Valentine’s Day, we’re done and back to the usual. We’ve all “been there, done that.” You know the most popular ones “Get Organized”, “Be More Spiritual”, “Lose Weight”, “Quit Smoking”, and “Spend More Time With The Family”.
I don’t know about you, but this kind of To-Do List approach to life doesn’t inspire me. It doesn’t do anything to feed the soul. You come away from it kind of feeling empty because you can’t seem to be able to do enough in order to have what you want. I think that’s looking at it from the wrong end. We should start with being and then the doing will create the having.
Instead I began to be really committed to choosing a new ritual. It actually started this when I was quite young, but I used to do it on my birthday instead of New Year’s day. I used to dream about where I’d be on my next birthday, what would have happened to me in that year and what exciting things I’d have been part of. As I grew older I realized that I could make those things happen by deciding them and so I would dream of the vacations, people and things I wanted and then would go out and purchase or meet them, if I could. But somehow it still didn’t quite do it. Things still didn’t come my way. Then one day my life coach of many years suggested that I be more proactive about it and intend it. Well (slapping forehead) I’m all about the laws of attraction, why didn’t I think of that sooner and the Word-Of-The-Year began.
This didn’t mean that I didn’t take action it meant that my actions were inspired from the being part of me. In fact, I took more action than ever with this new approach!
That’s because intention is unfathomably powerful. Resolutions are fine, but they often come from our thoughts and are motivated by lots of “shoulds.” A “word” however contains energy and images and meaning, things our hearts and souls get excited about.
This is how transformation begins and how one can start to create the life they want. Rarely does transformation happen because of our mind – or our “shoulds.”
To give you an example in 2014 I realized I needed to make some changes in my business life. Quite frankly I was bored and knew if I didn’t stop doing things the way I had (status quo) my business would be done. I had to reinvent myself and my business. So my go to question for everything is “How else can I do this?” After contemplating this for a bit I realized that I needed to change me first. So my first word was “Pioneer”. At first I thought it was a dumb word, but for some reason it felt perfect. So I looked it up and it resonated with what I wanted to do with my year. I wanted to explore new places, things, ideas, and go where I’d never gone before. I had not idea how this was going to come about, and that wasn’t my worry, I didn’t need to control that, I only had to INTEND it. Well let me tell you, I had the most amazing year, people I didn’t even know found me and I was recommended to the SNBA in Paris, France. I showed my work there for the first time and had a lovely trip meeting new people and even won my first medal. That was the biggest thing but there were many others. My word for 2015 was Thrive, oh could I tell you stories! I met loads more people, and we had a severe economic downturn in my city, but I continued to sell well in all my spring and fall shows. I was thriving beautifully. My new word for 2016 is Rise because I want this to continue. I want to keep climbing higher. Experience more things on ever increasing levels. I want to be uplifted with joy on a regular basis and I want my creative ideas to continue to float up higher and higher. it feels like my truth right now and I’m loving it. Have you chosen your word today? How will you intend your life in 2016?