New Year New You, Or Same Shame?

6 January, 2016

Mathieu Nicolet

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt intimidated by this, the season of the spiritual loofah.

You know – time to clean the slate, jump-start the new year, turn over a new leaf, set your intentions, find your power word, shed dead skin….

Yip. All this do-gooding can be pretty daunting. You’ve tried to set goals, but like everybody else they don’t last; your intentions to eat nutritiously are constantly thwarted and as a fairly regular gym-goer you’re irritated by the sudden influx of slightly overweight but gung-ho perky people.

*Roll on February*

It doesn’t have to be that way.

If this annual date on the calendar doesn’t inspire a new you, then you’re ready for a different way to get your mojo on. All it takes is a mug of tea, a comfy couch and pen and paper. No thinking allowed.

Close your eyes and ask yourself:

“What am I yearning for?” While that might sound a little melodramatic, the word yearning taps into a desire that sidesteps the mind and connects directly to the emotion. Words like fun, adventure, inspiration, growth, or peace might pop into your head. Jot them down before your inner censor kicks in.

“What’s right for me this year?” Listen to your body with this one. If it feels open, expansive, light and happy as you answer this question, then it’s right for you. If you feel heavy, constricted or bored, then it’s not.

And lastly, “Wouldn’t it be great if…” and then list all the things that really excite you. Don’t block the flow by trying to figure out how to make it happen – leave that to the powers that be. For now your task is to pay attention to your inner wisdom.

Once you’ve answered these questions, think about how you want to enjoy your life more and set goals around that. Stack the deck in whatever way motivates you.

Tapping into your intuitive wisdom means tapping into your authentic self. There’s no better way to set yourself up for success than to get up close with the real you. Loofah-ed or not.

So, in 2016 I’m going for energy, abundance, an online course and a book (okay, an ebook). You? Tell us in the comments.


Thanks to Lynne Robinson for the inspiration for this post.

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