What does 2013 mean to you?
For many it means the opportunity to start over–to lose weight, make more money, to spend more time with family, or to finally clean out the garage before the producers of ‘Hoarders’ come a’calling. From the metaphysical point of view, resolutions mean nothing. It’s synonymous with a four year old wishing for a pink pony.
Wha…? That’s outrageous! We’re supposed to plan our New Year’s Resolution by midnight, December 31st, right? All the talk shows will have experts…talking about it. For the New Year, 2013, instead of a Resolution, think ‘Re-Evolution.’ Oooh. Radical. Epic. And oh, so doable. But how?
Let’s be candid. How many times have you said, “I’m going to lose ten pounds by Valentine’s Day so then I can have chocolate covered cherries!” ? Or perhaps you resolve to fix that old stationary bicycle so you can start working out again. (But in a strange way, it makes a lovely coat rack.) But what’s the reality? You start out strong, pick up steam along the way, then peter out about six weeks in if you don’t see your desired results, and default to the old programming. In other words…nothing happens.
People declare their resolutions like clockwork
It’s as if they’re trained to hit the snooze button two minutes before the alarm goes off or to put up holiday decorations right after Thanksgiving or to fire up the BBQ on May 31st. I’m planting a seed, my friend, to help you from sliding back into a post-holiday carb coma. Think about the one thing you wish were different. The one thing you were about to ‘resolve’ to do. And I say to pick one thing so you don’t overwhelm. Right there, this maximizes your successful outcome. (You can always add to the list later, but start with one thing now.)
Okay, got it? Here’s the 2013 Re-Evolution formula:
1. Write that one thing you’d like to transform about your world on a piece of paper. This is your Intention. Without an Intention, you cannot manifest anything.
2. Be WILLING to bring this intention to fruition. Without your permission, nothing will happen.
3. Make a COMMITMENT to yourself and to your Intention. Your commitment is your internal binding agreement. Your commitment means you’ll take daily action steps toward your Intention. Write down 3 action steps you can take a day toward your Intention.
4. Next to your Intention, write a realistic time-frame. Be HONEST. If you never ran a race, writing down “I’d like to run a marathon next month” is reaching toward probable failure. You see, deep down, there are many parts of you that don’t want to change, too fearful of the new. It’s up to your conscious mind to work with all parts of you for ultimate success. (See Bonus Tip below). Next to your intention, write down a 60 day plan of action. Be specific with the dates. When you start, and count 60 days from there.
5. Be PATIENT. You weren’t built in a day. Parts of your psyche will resist the new plan of action. Watch for self-sabotage! Have a buddy system for your plan. Accountability shows much greater results! (Ask me how I know!) I know how much we’re lured by the illusion of time. Time is our marker system. But now is the only time there is, truly. Think about it. If you’re focused on the outcome then you’re in the future. Or if you think back to the past when you tried this thing before but failed, you’re in the past! What happens to the present moment? It gets lost, denied, wasted.
Transformation can only happen in the now. Stay as present as possible as you take each step on your daily action plan. Keep your Intention in mind. Soon, you’ll start to form real matter. This is how manifesting works.
So then…what’s the matter? You. You are the matter. You are the mind over matter. You are the one who’s going to stay focused on the present moment, coupled with your Intention, Willingness, Commitment, Honesty, and Patience. You are one revolutionary being. And if you get sidetracked or impatient and self sabotage or give up on your Intention?
Bonus tip: grab an egg timer. Set it for 5 minutes. Moan, complain, let the victim’s voice be heard. Clout the air with frustration. Mumble about how ‘they’ have it easier. Cry. Whine. Yell with exasperation. Curse the Cosmos. Then when the 5 minute ‘ding’ goes off take in a nice, deep, slow breath and exhale. Shake off your temper tantrum. Soothe your unconscious fears with a hot cup of tea and a smile. As Harry Potter would say while tapping on the Maraurder’s map, “Mischief Managed.”
2013 is your Resolution Re-Evolution. Stay tuned to the next post for each Astrological Sign’s 2013 ‘clue.’
Elaine Marolakos Edelson is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire, a blogging community created by Annie Jennings.