New Year’s Resolutions Are a Bad Idea!
Get a Free New Year’s Vision Instead.
As common as New Year’s resolutions are, they really are a bad idea. In fact, nearly 80% of people who make them report they’ve broken or abandoned most of them (http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/dec/28/new-years-resolutions-doomed-failure). That ever happen to you? If so, how did it feel? Did you find the guilt or the self-reproach a little debilitating, maybe?
The New Year – this new year, or any other new year – can be a time of renewal, a marker for a new start. The problem is not the desire to do things differently, though. It’s the belief that a simple declaration of intent is all it takes to make a new start. Real change involves more than intention; it involves calculated action, and more importantly, what I call a “New Year’s VISION.”
A vision is different from a dream.
We all have vague, floating ideas of what we’d like our lives to look like. We see ourselves as being rich, being happy with our families, enjoying a life of carefree relaxation or exhilarating achievement. We see ourselves healthier, more productive, free of a compulsion or even an addiction. Those of who get to see our lives unfold the way we want to, though, are the ones who have a VISION instead of a dream.
The power of accomplishment doesn’t come from the next thing I keep doing, it’s what happens between the dream I have and the steps I take. The connecting link between dreams and action – the thing that makes a dream a vision, in fact – is COMMITMENT. Commitment has its own energy. There’s a powerful quote, often attributed to Goethe, but which is actually from W. H. Murray in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951, that explains the magic of commitment:
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back— Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Goethe’s contribution to the dialog is: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
The bottom line is that where there is real commitment, the universe tends to align itself to bring that commitment to fruition, and part of that power exists outside one’s own ability and desire.
Here are the actions we propose as a path to achievement of your New Year’s Vision:
Visualize the END of the year. Look around you and see what your life will look like if you spend the coming year living your best life. What tangible things will you have? What relational and spiritual gifts will you be enjoying?
COMMIT to having what you have visualized. Affirm in your heart that what you want WILL be what manifests. Know that the very power of your commitment will help fuel the journey.
TELL SOMEONE who can add their energy to your vision, and who can serve as a sounding board as you measure your progress throughout the year. Telling someone makes the vision real; it takes it out of the realm of a pipe dream and brings it to the realm of possible.
LET GO of the expectation that your vision will look exactly like you see it now, when it is ultimately manifested. The great paradox of creating a New Year’s Vision is that you don’t know enough to be able to predict what it will look and feel like it when it actually blossoms in the context of your what your life will look like when it happens.
TAKE ACTION. Plan and execute the steps you will take over the next 90 days.
MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS. Moving toward the fulfillment of your vision is a continual process involving three critical, repeated exercises: Act, Review, Redesign. Continual tweaking of the plan is crucial to keeping a proper trajectory.
DON’T TRY THIS ALONE! Get yourself a professional coach! Coaches are experts in the technology of success.
Manifesting a New Year’s Vision (as opposed to keeping a resolution) can be a complex, ongoing challenge (if it weren’t, you wouldn’t need to make to make a resolution, right?). So start today with complimentary coaching session. Walk away with a New Year’s Vision for 2012 in your hand.
Contact Kim Sawyer at theWealthSource.com or call 832-298-0143.