The festivities are over. Extreme socializing done. Now is the time put into effect the means to achieve the intentions that will find us in better shape next year at this time–physically, economically, emotionally—any aspect of our lives that is begging (maybe even screaming) for help.
Having a clear intention is a skill I have learned to hone as an acupuncturist. When I insert a needle to reduce pain, relieve anxiety, or improve sleep, I am always crystal clear on what I would like to achieve. Here are some tips on improving intention.
STAY PRESENT. What is it you would like right now? And then you might ask yourself, “Where would I like to be with this in a month from now, a few months, and then, next year at this time?” I know when I insert a needle in the foot to reduce irritability that it will take more needles to achieve my goal, and most likely, more treatments. But being present with my intention sometimes produces miraculous results.
BE REALISTIC. So you would like a million dollars? How about beginning with making the same amount that you spend? I have a friend who had a two year campaign called “operation get out of debt by 2012”. She just announced that she did it! It did not happen overnight, but with a slow and steady pace, and when she finished it was with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and pride. Try to use the same grounded approach with weight loss, relationships, work, etc.
FALL DOWN SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT. I love this Japanese proverb because it speaks to our humanity. Most goals that have meaning for us require clarity, discipline, hard work, and perseverance. Keeping our intention clearly in mind with confidence in success helps dispel discouragement when the things do not happen immediately.
Finally, learn from your mistakes, don’t be afraid to take some risks, and be sure to ‘keep it real’. Here is to your happiest, most joy-filled New Year. EVER. Go ahead and make that list of intentions now and let next holiday season find you in the ‘shape’ that you envision yourself in. ONWARD!