“Happy New Year” is the standard greeting we say to everyone on this glorious day of firsts. First month of the year, first day of the year-- and for this year, when you add 2009 up you get 11! There are “ones” everywhere. As I write this, I am curious to deeper meanings of the number one and have found this:
One: One primarily deals with strong will, positivity, pure energy. The number One reflects new beginnings, and purity. The symbolic meaning of number One is further clarified when we understand One represents both kinds of action: physical and mental. This combined with Ones urgency for new beginnings, we begin to see Ones recurring in our lives indicates a time to exert our natural forces, take action, and start a new venture. One encourages us our action will be rewarded in kind.
So, in these terms, today is a very powerful day to put your energy into visualizing what you want in your life now and in the months to come. What do you want? Be creative. Use the power of your imagination to visualize a life for yourself that isn’t based on yesterday’s thought patterns. Here is a way to do this:
Goals VS Resolutions
Today is the day that everyone makes their resolutions, but in my way of thinking, resolutions are a too cut and dried list of “things to change” rather than a motivating process that has reasonable attainability. Resolutions set the bar too high for achievement because they don’t leave any room for being human. (And we are human, and we do make mistakes, and we do feel bad when we fail, and we do give up.)
Making Goals, and setting intentions are much more user friendly AND they make you feel good too! A goal is a motivating process with a timeline that makes allowances for our habits of falling back into old routines. (They allow us to be human) Goals are much gentler on our self-esteem as they are fueled from within; they are choices we WANT to make, rather than judgmental choices we think we HAVE to make. Here are some examples:
Resolution: Quit Smoking
Goal: This year I intend to look for alternatives to smoking because I want to be healthier. This month I will research ways to help me do this.
Resolution: Start diet.
Goal: I intend to change my eating habits to include more healthy foods in the next 3 months. I will start by adding a salad to my lunch and dinner.
Goals don’t have to be demanding. They work best when they are shaped around your life, rather than trying to shape your life around a resolution.
Resolutions are not realistic at all. After you have compiled your list of resolutions, how do you feel? Do you will feel an overwhelming sense of panic? Is there pressure to change and pressure to succeed? And who says you have to do all this changing at once? And NOW?
Yes, the New Year is a good time to start, if you feel it works for you, but tomorrow is also a new beginning, as every new day is. So, whatever your choice is for this New Year, be good to you and remove the high pressure demands of resolutions and make some empowering goals instead. This will definitely make the "Happy New Year"greetings you receive meaningful.
A fun way to work on your Goals:
If you haven't already taken down your tree, here is a fun way to get your creative juices flowing: For every ornament you remove from the tree, think of one thing you want to have happen for you in 2009. Alternatively, you can use this same technique for putting your decorations away, for every plate you put back in the cupboard after washing it, for every piece of clothing you fold, or even one for each sock you put on in the morning....and so on. Be creative, and get that creative muscle working in your brain, and before you know it you will be living what you have been only thinking about as you do your chores and every day routines!