This time of year our focus shifts to reaching goals.
We talk about New Year’s resolutions which usually reflect goals for where we want to be six months or a year from now. We also make huge promises to ourselves about what we will do and why this year will be different from the last one. These goals and resolutions sparkle with promise on New Year’s eve when anything seems possible. And it is…possible that is…except…
On the one hand resolutions are very positive; they are a way to paint a picture of a different reality…and that is like
opening a window in a stuffy room and letting in some fresh air and sunshine….a huge relief. Unfortunately these resolutions rarely work. All too often they are made and forgotten within a few days or a week.
Part of the problem with reaching goals or resolutions is that they are always about something out in the future.
This is not to discount all the analogies and arguments about goals. I know I can’t get from here to there without a road map, and if I plan on reaching goals I need to know where I’m going.
The problem with staying focused on the future is that it removes us from the present moment. But ironically, the only way to really change the future is to stay planted firmly in the present because that’s where the power is…it’s only in the present that we actually take action. ..and it’s action that will manifest the goals.
So how do we move beyond this paradox of reaching goals but staying in the present?
The answer is to just bring the goal into the present where we can act on it.
For example, if your goal is to be 40 pounds lighter in 6 months what do you need to do? Start by committing to a way to get the job done. For example, one way to lose weight is to change your diet to one that is more alkaline…which means letting go of meat, dairy, sugar and coffee and shifting to a plant based diet that includes drinking green tea and sweetening with stevia.
But if you choose that route, you probably will need to do some research to find new recipes and create new
menus. And then you will need to restock your kitchen shelves to be sure you have the ingredients you need.
In other words, reaching goals about weight loss out in the future starts with a shift in attitude about the food you eat today…and then taking action with something as simple as a trip to the grocery store with a list of ingredients. Without any of that, your weight loss will remain a goal…unattainable and out in the future somewhere. And what good is that?
Another piece of this puzzle is that while resolutions may be a breath of fresh air in a stuffy room, they probably are not by themselves powerful enough to really clear the place out. If you are overweight, chances are it took you awhile to get there and involved taking on some habits that will keep you stuck unless you change them.
So the next step in reaching goals is to create some new habits that support the resolution. That way you’ll be more likely to stay on track.
I used to think that changing habits was difficult and took a long time. I’ve learned that isn’t the case. Recently I took part in a free mini-course on habits which changed the whole way I think about them. The network marketing company I am committed to has a daily motivational and training call which I usually miss due to other commitments, but I have access to a recording which is available for 24 hours.
I had the intention for weeks to listen to that recording every day, but most of the time I didn’t. After taking the habits course I used what I learned there to create the habit of listening to that call. It took less than a week. Now I rarely if ever miss it. And this habit supports my goal of sharing a powerful anti-aging product and increasing my income.
Do you make resolutions in the new year? Share your experience with resolutions. If they have helped you, what have you done to make them come true in your life?
Happy New Year everyone! Celeste
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