So the cheer of the New Year is waning and with it many of the resolutions that we set in motion as the ball was dropping. I see evidence every year around this time at the gym. Every year gyms begin the year packed, regardless of the hour. By the end of January people settle down and lose interest in those exercise goals, as well as their other annual resolutions. Did you ever ask yourself why that is; or better yet, why do I struggle in keeping my new year’s resolutions? For years I have moved away from making New Year’s resolutions; however, my real challenge is not in the resolution, but to remain diligent in living an intention filled life – staying present to what it is I want (my intentions) and how my thoughts MUST support and nurture these intentions. For me that is the journey that I must stay present to as one-year rolls into another and time tests my resolve. And you … ?
I came across an interesting quote … “[e]veryone thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed.” Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Why remind myself now of this … well sometimes we need a reminder and encouragement to focus on what really matters … and that begins with our thoughts and intentions. Everything that I do and ultimately how I affect my surroundings is initially conceived in my thoughts.
The verb for turning thoughts into action or results is to ‘manifest’. It comes from the middle English word ‘manifestus’ meaning “visible” and the Latin word “manus” meaning “hand.” A few authors have metaphorically described this process as when you ‘manifest’ something “you reach your hand through the invisible curtain separating the tangible world from the world of imagination and pull your desired object into existence.” First you think it, then you manifest it or you ‘materialize’ it or cause it to appear. Everyone manifests. Some of us manifest abundance; while others of us manifest a lack or scarcity. Who do we wish to be in this moment … that is really the relevant question as we are continually tested throughout the year? Do you intend in this moment to be a person who resonates from abundance or scarcity?
As we move towards February, what is it that you set your intentions upon in 2010, and how are you supporting these intentions now – in your thoughts? Some people refer to the alter-ego that oftentimes subterfuges our intentions as the “drunk monkey.” If you closely observe your thoughts (‘the observer observing the observed’) in light of your intentions you may begin to recognize how or when they are not congruent. By labeling these negative thoughts as they pop up into your conscious you can begin to detach from the hold they have and begin the process of letting them go.
Professionally, I have defined my business goals for the year; however, how am I supporting these goals in my thoughts and intentions in every moment of every day? This way I will be less likely to yield to the temptation of doing things that distract me from my intentions/goals – filling my time with ‘stuff’ that doesn’t support my intentions. Personally, how am I reconciling my relationships and creating a positive loving environment for those around me? These are my questions that I want to stay present to in the moment. How about you? How are you nurturing your 2010 goals in your thoughts and intentions as you move forward in the New Year?
I hope you enjoyed the reflection, and take the time to consider what you are living an intention filled life and supporting your goals and aspirations in your thoughts. Most importantly, I hope you make it a GREAT day and week!! If you wish to read all the other Mojos written for you, then visit: http://mondaymojo.blogspot.com. As always, I welcome your feedback and if I can be of service to you or your friends, please let me know or visit us at http://www.coastalcommunityhomes.com. And, thank you for your continued support and inspiration … each of you are a cherished gift that enriches my life in ways you will never understand … Thank you!! Jim Peys