Frivolity around the tradition of making fresh resolutions for the New Year have largely reduced them to little more than empty statements devoid of power.
No wonder they’ve fallen out of favour.
However, my experience of setting clear intentions without attachment to final outcomes proves beyond a shadow of doubt that being in alignment with your highest priorities attracts all that you need to follow through.
Commitment to Begin
I’ve had countless conversations with people who are interested in working with me individually, for example, who later report that the decision to book an initial chat and then commit to proceed with their preferred option initiates an instant shift.
This echoes the inspiring and well-loved quote from William H. Murray*,
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too…
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Declaration of Intent
Perhaps it’s time to reframe New Year’s resolutions as Declarations of Intent?
Declarations involve using language to craft order from confusion, open up previously unimagined possibilities and create a new version of reality for yourself – one that you make a conscious choice to experience.
A declaration is a sincere pledge to harness the power of the present whilst devoting yourself to a future way of being that leads you to take awakened action and move towards what’s truly important for you.
This supports you to avoid losing yourself in the minutiae of daily life which readily take over when there’s no awareness in place to prevent your automatic pilot from returning to its habitual position of control.
It also provides you with a “North Star” for who you want to be and what you genuinely want to do with your priceless time and energy.
With this in place, as the stuff of life unfolds, you’re empowered to decide what constitutes a distraction from your primary purpose – or not as the case may be.
A Declaration of Intent always needs to be written in the present tense and phrased so that it is more than just an intellectual concept.
Embodying who you want to become and the activity you’re willing to embrace in order to achieve your intentions requires a specific phrasing; “I am a commitment to…”
As the alpha energy of the New Year unfolds, how about using this powerful reframe to give yourself the best possible chance of 2019 being your most consciously chosen and creatively inspired year yet!
What are you a commitment to this year? Please share your comments below. Thank you!
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* This quote is often attributed to Goethe. However, the Goethe Society specifies that the correct attribution is in fact William H. Murray.