At the start of this year, I shared with you how to positively end the previous year -- seven ways to optimize your year-end ritual. This powerful tool combines mind, body and soul. It not only completes the year-reducing clutter, and starting the year on a fresh page, but it also invites exciting new beginnings.
The year 2015 is well underway. Perhaps like me, you've been swept up with life and its busy schedule, unable to yet make a start at achieving some of those dreams you wanted to realize in 2015?
Don't be tempted to put them off until next year, but rather why not follow a few simple steps to help create your magic in 2015.
At the start of every year, I set meaningful and powerful intentions, intentions that are focused commitments. I like to think of intentions as beacons shining the light of our soul's desire.
So, ask yourself what you really want to pay attention to this year, and spend just a few minutes working through each of the seven dimensions highlighting just ONE aspect from each dimension for the year.
Maybe you've considered several things you'd like to achieve this year, instead focus your efforts on one intention at a time. Listen to your soul's calling for your deepest dreams and desires and only pick from ONE of the seven dimensions. By concentrating your efforts on one intention at a time, you will minimize stress and make way for clear, precise and achievable steps.
Follow this seven-step ROADMAP to fulfill your intention.
1. Refine your intention -- write it down; define it.
2. Open your mind to it -- engage all your senses in it. Notice how you feel; how is smells and tastes; where are you? How is your heart responding to it and so on. This vision will keep you on track when you face challenges.
3. Articulate your intention -- make it short, sharp and powerful.
4. Draw up a vision board or mind map where your written intention is supported by images. Put it in a prime position in your home to regularly focus and ignite you.
5. Maximum focus -- pay 100 percent attention towards what you want. In his book "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success," author Deepak Chopra reminds us that: "Attention energizes and intention transforms." Whatever you put your attention to will grow stronger in your life. Conversely, whatever you take your attention away from will wither, disintegrate and disappear.
6. Actualize your intention. Visualize it before settling into your daily meditation practice, or mentally rehearse the future you. Each day set some time to do this, preferably first thing in the morning.
7. Plant your intention firmly in the ground. You need to switch it on and allow your brain to develop the new neural-pathways needed to fulfill it. From a neuro-scientific point of view imagining an act and doing it are not as different as they sound.
Your intention might be to share more kindness during your day or you may like to integrate more peace, joy, and gratitude. Whatever your intention is I wish you well with it.
My overriding intention for 2015 is ...
I am focused on what I want. I plan my time well
I'm on time. I take time to do nothing.