How to make New Years Resolutions Great
Great New Years Resolutions are a powerful tool for enlightened living.
We have all experienced the enthusiasm of New Years Resolutions wane, fade away and become dust in the sand of life.
How does this happen?
What to do about this?
Lets look first at how this happens.
There are two types of goals, the first is a defined objective such as ” I will walk on the Moon”
The second type is a value based goal such as “I am radiating bliss all year to everybody”
Much of the problem with goals comes from the first type. Not that setting huge goals is a problem, it is when we do not achieve them that there is a problem. That is when we feel like we are no good, or worthless, or useless, and we go ahead and beat ourselves up over this lack of success.
And there can be many reasons why we did not achieve that goal that can be beyond our control, such as bad weather on the moon, the lack of a rocket ship etc.
However the mind tends not to look at those factors, it tends to go into self criticism because we did not reach the goal itself.
This creates so many problems for ourselves including depression, grief sadness, discouragement and blue funk!
The other types of goals are more values based, or we could also call them attribute based. These goals are about us expressing an attribute, or way of being in the world that serves ourselves and the world. Some examples of these types of goals are as follows:
- I express gratitude regularly to all events that happen in my life
- I eat healthily
- I exercise regularly
- I am kind to everyone around me
- I listen carefully
- I enlighten others through my actions
Values Based Goals
Goals like this can be assessed on a daily or even minute by minute basis. This helps us review and shift our performance, and allows us to reduce the likelihood of self criticism and worry , while giving us an opportunity to improve our performance the next moment, or day, or week.
Another benefit of this type of goal is that the performance “goal posts” associated with reaching these goals are constantly shifting to higher and higher levels. Lets take the goal of ” I listen carefully”
When we first start with this goal and we examine how we are at this goal, we may find we are listening only 10% of the time and interrupting 90% of the time.
As we start checking on with ourselves on our performance we are actually bringing increased awareness to our habits. The increased awareness usually shifts the performance to a higher level. After 2 weeks we may notice that we are listening 60% of the time and interrupting only 40% of the time. When we miss, and observe that we have started to interrupt again we are not as prone to beating ourselves, up because the action is easier to update and improve upon.
Another benefit of these types of goals is that they contribute to the big goal directly. When we are better listeners, better eaters, better exercisers, kinder, more focused on our work tasks the results are large increases in human performance.
This reflects the old adage, “Small Steps Make a Big Difference”
Many many spiritual teachers are saying that 2017 is the year for even greater spiritual awakening, for greater enlightenment. They are saying that the energy on the planet is shifting even more to higher frequency. When this happens it makes it easier for more people to move faster in their spiritual development.
How to Create Big Goals
We need both types of goals the attribute type listed above and also the big goals that scare us.
For your Big- Long term goals I recommend:
- Set goals that resonate in your whole being that ignite a fire in you. let that be the main criteria for any goal. If the goal does not create that, no matter how awesome it may look, nothing will happen!
- Once the goals are set, create a list of the steps to reach that goal
- Make a paragraph of the goal that reads in the present tense. as though you have reached that goal and all is fulfilled and complete.
- Print it out
- Read it twice a day. Read it with total feeling of success for the goal as though it has already happened. Read it so that you are jumping up and down with excitement at it being realized. If that does not happen on the first reading then read again and awaken that excitement in you. Sit in Meditation with the goal in mind.
- Take action from the action list you created.
- Share the goal with a few close friends. Ask them to help you and remind you and support you daily or every few days. Ask them not to take excuses,but to hold your feet to the fire, by first of all checking to see if you are reviewing the goal daily and feeling the success of the goal.
- Create a mastermind team who can help you with specifics for the goal in terms of advice.
Finally, a reminder,
Your goals will ideally have you jumping up and down with joy and excitement every time you think of them.
They awaken your whole body, they cause you to become vibrant. If they don’t, then drop those goals and take on something else.
The goal of doing the Pole to Pole project, that involved a journey of 25,000 miles from the North Pole to the South Pole to inspire millions of youth to take action for the environment, was so inspiring for me that I would wake up out of a deep sleep at 3 am to work on it. The inspiration caused me to move 1500 miles to a new town to live. It caused me to go through much more than most people go through to earn $100,000 a year, long hours, no sleep, intense work, and I went through all that with willingness, love and commitment.
Then when it manifested it was even bigger than I imagined. At the South Pole we received word that the United Nations had over 60 million promises of action they wanted to add to our collection.
That is the power of setting a powerful goal and then taking action.
This video here is about the joy of enlightenment, I thoroughly enjoyed it!