Many of us set resolutions at New Year’s. It is a significant time in our calendar year where we sort of begin anew. Because we measure our time by a calendar, we, as a society all over the world, also measure progress based on time as well.
The average year has 61,320 hours, at 168 hours per week, at 24 hours per day, 3600 minutes per day and 86,400 seconds per day. We all have the same time available to us, no more, no less. Yet some people achieve and others don’t. Not real news to most of us. So what is the trick?
The reason why resolutions don’t work for some of us is because we set them only in statement form rather than actually envision or see them happening with an image of them complete. Understandably, the excitement of the celebrations usually is the reason they don’t get embedded into our subconscious minds. Writing them down at least does put some degree of action to the desires, but we misplace the paper and then the next New Year’s Day comes and we start all over.
Perhaps this year, there is another way to do this process so that when 2012 comes, you will be able to have more confidence in setting more resolutions. Perhaps you made some resolutions over the last couple of days, last night or even today, or maybe tomorrow. This is what I did, and it isn’t new, however I had never heard of it before, so perhaps you didn’t either.
My friend Maggy Whitehouse in the UK suggested writing a letter to your ‘self ‘ on her FaceBook Page dated December ??, 2011. In that letter, you give appreciation for having completed all those things you made a resolution for now and describe how you feel about it as you write. I set 3 hours aside and wrote six (6) pages to do mine for this year. When I was done, I went back through and wrote out the items in point form on a piece of paper with a general time-line to take advantage of the seasons. I then folded the letter, sealed in an envelope marked 25 Dec 2011, put it in my dresser drawer, updated my yahoo calendar to remind me Dec 25 to pull it out and read it.
I have taken the first, second, third and fourth actions of completing my goals. The thought, the visualization with the emotion or feeling of each item completed and wrote them out and I have a to-do list as a reminder of the things I want to do. I have posted the list by my desk to glare at me each morning when I check my email. I then can set an agenda for the day to do something that feels right for the day on that list. That is inspired action.
I know other things will come up along the path through the year and will weigh their importance to my list each day to determine my agenda. I never beat myself up about not completing a daily to-do list because I always set up more than I can do. They then get weighed in for the next day’s to-do list. It is surprising how much one can do and accomplish this way. Perhaps it will work for you also.
Feel free to comment on your ideas or ask any questions about my method.
Until next time….