Are you setting New Year’s resolutions this year? Setting resolutions is a time-honored tradition for many who want to start the New Year off on the right foot with thoughts of self-improvement and change for the better. The difficulty is that most of us fail in our resolutions shortly out of the gate or we achieve our goal but are not able to maintain the goal. Why are resolutions so hard to attain? Why do 80% of us fail in our New Year’s resolutions by the second week of February? Why do only 8 percent of people ever achieve and maintain their New Year’s resolutions?
Could it be that resolutions are flawed goals or ideas that we have determined need to be changed in our lives to bring us ultimate happiness? Is it possible that what we think we need – and what we actually need – are two entirely different things? Maybe resolutions haven’t worked year after year because we weren’t focused on the goals that would enrich our lives?
Starting Over and Changing Focus
Let’s try changing focus for a bit and start over. First, drop the word “resolution” from your vocabulary. Resolutions, for most of us, bring up memories of past failures and unattainable goals. We’re also going to drop:
** Strict calendar-based resolution time frames for achieving goals.
** Struggling to achieve something we may not even need to truly make us happy.
** Setting goals we cannot maintain or sustain permanently.
Why? Every time we fail at self-imposed resolutions, we add another negative thought, word, and idea to our already burdensome self-limiting belief system.
Now shift your focus to the word “intention.” Intentions are different than resolutions because when you set intentions you work with the Universe to make change in your life. I’m defining Universe as the higher power most of us believe in. Because you are working with the Universe when setting intentions, you’re asking for assistance to create positive change in your life by first clearly defining what actually needs to be changed. The Universe has the bigger picture and can see down the road and at all angles of your life, so it’s important that you let the Universe step in and guide you in the process to achieve your goals in the way that’s best for you and in a time frame that works within the boundaries of your life.
How Do You Find This Guidance
What if the resolutions you have set year after year were not the important changes you needed in your life at this time? Maybe the change you’re not working on is actually the answer to many of your life’s issues. Sometimes we need to fix what is broken within us or around us before true change can take place. But how do we know what is broken? How do we know what needs to change to bring more joy into our lives?
You learn what needs to be fixed, adjusted, or changed by setting a meditation intention using Creative Meditation® (CM). Even if you have never meditated before or have had difficulty meditating, I ask you to try my simple meditation technique. Anyone can do this type of meditation because it does not require you to quiet your mind. In fact, for CM intentions, I encourage you to let your mind chatter flow. Through CM you find answers by getting to the bottom of what you really need in your life to make it a more joyful existence. CM gives you an opportunity to let your conscious mind settle back while letting your soul define your true needs.
Intentions discovered through CM are different because these are the ideas that come to you when you are mindful and in a place of stillness. These are ideas that you may not have considered needed to be fixed or changed before proceeding with what you thought your resolutions should be. By correcting personal ideas about what you need to be happy through CM intention, you’re better able to manifest the life you desire because you’re focused on what you actually need, not what you think you need.
In tomorrow’s post, I’ll show you step-by-step how to use Creative Meditation to create a list of real, life-changing intentions. In the meantime, consider diving in on everything I am discussing in these New Year's posts by actively engaging in the Creative Meditation process and exercises in my book: Creative Meditation: Using Your 21 Innate Powers to Create Your Life.
– Much love, Amara