For many of us, 2012 was a turbulent year of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, successes and failures. As we transition into 2013, it seems particularly important to take a moment to set our intentions for the new year.
When I say intentions, I'm not referring to what we commonly call "new year's resolutions," because, for me, these resolutions have often been nothing more that my mind's wish list of what would make me happier: lose ten pounds, exercise more, save money, be more positive, meditate everyday. While these are reasonable goals that might possibly make my life better, the fact is that I rarely followed through with them. I was not committed to most of them, so they represented magical thinking, and sometimes just set me up for failure.
This year, I resolve to set my intentions in a different way---a more sincere and committed way. In 2013, I vow to let go of the micro-managing mini-goals, and focus my attention on one or two important life areas that I am absolutely committed to working on.
Try that on. Imagine what it would be like if you stopped nagging yourself about the dozens of ways you could be better, more fit, more organized, more anything, and instead focus your creative energy on what matters most to you. It may be overcoming a lifelong obstacle or manifesting your heart's desire. It doesn't matter what it is; all that matters is that you're ready, willing, and able to put your focused intention into it, and do whatever work is necessary to achieve it (without a million other distractions and conflicting goals competing for your attention).
This year, I invite you to simplify and focus. I invite you to dig a little deeper with your heartfelt intentions and think outside the standard, prefab "new year's resolution" box. You don't have to perfect yourself all at once. Achieving one or two important personal goals is better (and more satisfying) than attempting five half-hearted ones.
So, what will you create, resolve, accomplish in 2013?
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