Self Help Newsletter
This week I’m at a 5-day retreat with Gay & Katie Hendricks in Ojai, CA, pursuing my certification to become a Conscious Living & Loving coach. It was one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2010, so I’m super excited to already be accomplishing one of my goals for this year!
Along those same lines, now is the time when most people begin to fall off the wagon so to speak, and any New Year’s resolutions they came up with at the beginning of the year are quickly becoming a thing of the past, if not already entirely forgotten! Therefore, I wanted to take this time to encourage you to do a check-in of sorts with yourself, and see how you’re doing with the resolutions or intentions you set for 2010.
If you didn’t actually come up with any resolutions for this year, have no fear! There's still time to come up with some goals and plenty of time left to achieve them. Don’t beat yourself up for not having come up with anything; instead, just get back on the horse and decide your direction for 2010.
I stumbled upon a great product by Goddess Leonie called 2010: Creating My Goddess Year Workbook & Planner, which has really made planning my 2010 much easier. At only $9.95 not only is it super affordable, but the workbook guides you through the process of wrapping up loose ends from 2009 and deciding what you want your life to look like this year. I’ve never formally written down my resolutions better, but this workbook has made it a very fun and enjoyable process for me, and I plan to do monthly check-ins with myself to monitor my progress on my goals.
For those who already know what they’re heading towards this year, bravo! Whether or not you formally wrote down your goals, how are you coming with the intentions you set for yourself? Have you made any progress towards them? If yes, celebrate your progress! If not, what is holding you back?
If you’re encountering any resistance to moving in the direction of your goals at this point, a tool which I particularly like is writing a letter to yourself (or someone else) as if it were the end of 2010. In this letter, you want to describe all the accomplishments you achieved in the past year (i.e. this year). Include everything you are hoping to accomplish during the course of this year. Because you’re writing the letter from the standpoint of having *already* achieved your goals, this sends a strong message to your subconscious mind (and the Universe) that these goals are already a done deal. This helps eliminate resistance you might be feeling because your subconscious mind thinks the goals have already been achieved! For tips and suggestions on writing this letter, go here to read my blog post entitled "Writing a Letter from Your Future Self."
Don’t forget to also put things in your letter that seem so far out there that you have no idea how you would ever accomplish them! Sometimes we limit ourselves by not pursuing dreams if we don’t see a clear path to achieving them. Go ahead and put them down in your letter, and you might be surprised by the end of the year that they’ve come true in ways you never expected! Actually, sometimes these goals are even easier to achieve because you’re more unattached to them and the results.
Here's to your best year ever! As always, let me know if I can be of any service to you in creating your ideal life. You are welcome to contact me any time.