The new year is nearly upon us and talk of New Year’s resolutions will soon be inescapable. Madison Avenue makes it sound as if we can say some magic words and poof! Everything will be different as soon as we tack our new calendar to the wall. Of course, the reality of life is very different. Whether it is your intention to effect change or you intend to continue to attract what you want and need, persistence will be required.
What are you willing to do to live the life you desire?
We all have desires. We seek love, improved health, financial stability, and more. Setting an intention is like planting a seed. The concrete steps that we take to attract what we want are like sunlight and water, allowing the seed to blossom. Here are some strategies for you to try in the new year:
- Clarify your intention. Be specific. Instead of “I want more money,” tell yourself, “I will find a new job that brings me professional fulfillment and increased compensation.” Instead of, “I want to do more yoga,” try, “I will attend three weekend workshops” or “I will sign up for a Yoga Teacher Training.”
- Visualize yourself living your dream. Imagine yourself working at that new job or taking notes at that YTT. Create a vision board. Write in your journal.
- Use affirmations. These are powerful tools! Speak to yourself in the present tense, saying things like, “I am capable and deserving of professional success” or “I have studied yoga for years and I have wisdom to share. I am ready to take the next step.”
- Take action. For many of us, this is the hardest part. Identify the things that you can do to manifest your dreams, and then do them! Make a grocery list and bring it to the store. Tell your supervisor that you’re ready for more responsibility. Sign up for an Ashaya Yoga workshop or retreat.
- Trust that your efforts are bearing fruit, even if you can’t see it. Gandhi is quoted as having said, “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” Of course, this is a variation on the Bhagavad Gita, which says, “You have a right to your actions, but never to your actions’ fruits. Act for the action’s sake.”
We must exercise agency to bring our dreams to fruition. Be an active participant in your life, and your dreams will come true.
Make 2020 your best year ever! There are still a few spaces left in the Ashaya Yoga New Year’s Retreat at Kripalu, December 27-January 1. I invite you to join me there or at another workshop, training, or retreat in 2020. I look forward to celebrating the new year with you.
I wish you only good health and unlimited happiness, today, tomorrow, and in the year to come.