Every January, I am filled with a natural sense of excitement, anticipation, and motivation. As we celebrate a fresh start to the year, we each have the opportunity to create the life we want. And basically, it boils down to two things: 1) Releasing old habits that are not serving you, and 2) Having the intention to develop and foster new habits to expand your awareness. Each has the ability to completely change your life and allow you to tap into your own Mojo.
Releasing Old Habits can be a hard pattern to break. To do it effectively, you have to understand what the habit is, have a desire to release it, and come up with an action-oriented plan to accomplish it. Most importantly, remember to accept yourself just as you are, and understand that guilt should not be part of the release process.
Creating New Habits may or may not be easy. I believe the key to creating a new habit is attaching a value to it. Not a monetary value or a reward when you achieve it, but a personal core value. For example, if you are exhausted after working all day, a core value would be having enough energy to enjoy your family after a long day at work. When an intention like this fuels your decisions about exercise and healthy eating, you are more likely to make choices in the moment that will help you achieve the energy you desire.
Awareness is the first step to breaking any habit or behavior that is not serving your best interest. Once you are aware of the pattern or behavior, you are able to think about what you can do to change or eliminate it.
How do you become aware? Just ask. You may know exactly what you are doing that is holding you back in the area of health, production, or happiness. On the other hand, you may be focused on what’s not working—physical ailments, lack of motivation, or frustrating relationships—and not even realize your part in developing a solution.
So, just ask. Just ask who? You. We all have an internal knowing. Whether you call it Intuition, Spirit, God, Universe, Source, or something else, we each have the ability to access “Wisdom” that will give us answers when we pose a question. Pay Attention. It may come to you right away, or it may be a gentle whisper that taps on your shoulder when you least expect it. The saying, “Trust your gut” is just one other way people describe this phenomenon.
Intention is the second step. Once you are aware of what you don’t want (releasing the old), or what you do want (fostering the new), you are ready to start using the laws of the Universe to your advantage. Being clear about your own desires and intentions, and focusing your attention on how you can achieve them, is the key to using your intentions effectively.
GETTING CLEAR + FOCUSED ATTENTION = EFFECTIVE INTENTIONS
Intentions are very powerful tools everyone can use every day and in all kinds of situations. Your thoughts become feelings, your feelings become energetic frequencies, and those frequencies create the world around you. You truly have unlimited power to make things happen in your life. Trust that.
Creating an Action-Oriented Plan is the final step to making lasting changes in your life. Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If you truly want to make lasting changes in your life, you have to take actions to support those changes. If you are not sure what you can do, ask for help. Read a book, go online, reach out to someone who is already successfully doing what you desire. Write down the action items that resonate with your personal situation, and put your attention on them each and every day. Remembering once again, to accept yourself just as you are and, understand that guilt should not be part of the process.
Life is a journey, and the process of releasing old habits and creating new ones is how we grow as individuals. Your own personal evolution to becoming the best person you can be is not measured by a checklist. It is measured by the decisions and choices you make every day with the understanding that tomorrow, there will be another opportunity waiting for you.
What are your intentions for 2013? I’d love to hear your goals and dreams for this year! Please share.
Happy New Year~