Another calendar year gone. A new one just started. And once again here I am with all my dreams, goals & wishes, planning how to make them come true & willing to do what it takes to accomplish them all.
Many times I wrote down my New Year’s resolutions list. Quite often some of them meant giving up something in order to get something else instead. However, last year and now again, I’ve changed my view slightly and gave a little twist to this healthy, and often, frustrating practice.
Firstly, I am not announcing my ‘wishes’ anymore. There is no need to tell anyone, no push to share it with the world. I don’t have to defend them or discuss them. Neither I have to convince anyone of how much they mean to me. I don’t need others to believe me or discourage me. This is a commitment made by me with myself, so I do put them in writing and I read my list & think about them whenever I have the change, especially when I come to bed in the evenings, so thinking about them becomes my sleeping mantra.
Secondly I make space in my life for all my new wishes & plans. I get rid of all the ideas, thoughts, objects & even people that are not good to me anymore, those who might not fit into the new reality I am designing. I thank them all for their service as they had a purpose, but it is time to let them go and leave clean & fresh space around me for all the new equipment I need for my new adventures.
Some of these wishes might take more time & effort to be fulfilled so my next step in these cases is visualising myself as a climber: I know where I want to get and I know that the path is long & tough in some parts, so I need to brake my journey into stages and take them one by one as they come. There is no point in stressing myself out when I am down in the valley and the top of the mountain feels miles away, mostly unreachable in an impossible ascent. Instead I say to myself ‘one step at the time’ and I focus in each day’s task. Sometimes my plan will be blown away by circumstances, inconveniences or unexpected issues. Then I will have to get all my special tools out: patience, creativity, enthusiasm, strength, good will, certainty… I might need to improvise, change things around as I go. It does not matter. The top might still feel miles away but the important thing is that at the end of the day, when I look back, I realise that I’ve moved forward.
Finally, from the moment I start my new journey, I see myself as an achiever. I focus on what I am going to reach. I see myself making the most out of my trip, climbing to the top, enjoying the moment, feeling the satisfaction. If I attract what I think, then I better think of achievements. If I think of ‘I want to reach the top of my mountain’ I am focusing in what I want, and wanting shows lack. If my mind focuses on lack, then how can I receive what I dream of? Instead I think on these terms: ‘I am a climber, I am reaching a new top. That’s who I am and that’s what I am doing’.
“"It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, or so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere through which we look. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts." Henry David Thoreau