New Year’s Day 2012 is only a hop, skip and jump away (can you detect the movement of energy?) and many of us are preparing to start at least one, and usually more, New Year’s resolutions. The problem most of us have with resolutions is that our ‘resolve’ is short-lived. Were we really serious about committing to a successful outcome, or were they just wishful thoughts? I believe that we all have the best intentions of having them come true, but maybe we didn’t surround ourselves with the correct support to see them through. Here are a few suggestions to help support your 2012 goals:
1. State your desire in the positive, rather than the negative. For example, probably the most popular New Year’s resolution is losing weight – I want to lose 20 lbs. in the next 3 months. In this statement, you”re wanting to lose something, rather than gain something. Rewording your desire by stating it as a positive affirmation, such as – I am becoming fit and healthy everyday by eating healthy foods and keeping active can give you the feeling of adding to your life rather than losing something through sacrifice. Post your positive affirmation where you see it daily, such as a bathroom mirror or refrigerator, and you will be reminded of your intentions on a regular basis. Repetition, over time, creates a habit!
2. Clear the clutter to make room for the new to come into your life. This cannot be overstated! Clutter can include physical, emotional, computer or people clutter. An old Chinese proverb states that you can change the energy around you quickly by moving 27 things in your home. This re-energizes the life force (ch’i) around you. One way to do this is to replace or remove pictures, art work or other decor that does not make you happy. Only keep items in your space that brings you a positive feeling.
You can also clear out items in your closet that you truly do not love to wear (rationalizing about its cost or that you might wear it someday is holding stagnant energy in place). Be grateful for the time you did enjoy it, then donate or sell it so someone else who needs it will find it! Most of us only wear 10 – 20% of what’s hanging in our closet anyway! If you haven’t worn something in a full year, you probably won’t.
Go through your computer files and e-mails to delete what is no longer needed. This is one of my 2012 goals – keep only what’s important to keep. You will allow more room for new information and opportunities to come along! Are you holding on to emotional baggage from past situations that no longer serve you? Maybe this is the year to learn a new technique or find help to allow you to release the hold it has on you.
3. Use physical affirmations in your space to support your goals. If one of your resolutions is to become more fit and healthy, give your refrigerator and pantry a good cleaning and re-stock with foods that will support healthier eating. The kitchen represents abundance & prosperity, so keep it clean & clear of clutter. It’s where the body is nourished. If you want to become more active, have your workout clothes and gear more accessible so you can grab them and go. If you want to write more, keep your desk clear with writing materials out and available – maybe even purchase a beautiful new pen and journal to write with.
Another great physical affirmation is a Vision Board. It is a dream board made up of words, pictures and drawings representing what you want in your life. This can be made out of almost anything, but poster board is the most common. You can create an amazing visual using old magazines, photos, colored pencils, markers, glue sticks or tape you can create an amazing visual. A Vision Board get-together with a few friends can be just the ticket to bring additional positive energy to its creation! Make sure you place it where you see it daily.
We believe each new year offers the opportunity to make positive changes to our lives. Whatever you desire to have in the coming year, I wish you the best success!