New Year’s Resolutions? Yay or Nay?

Happy New Year to you! I can’t believe we are in January already. The holiday season flew by. So now we are at the beginning of a new cycle with the start of 2015. This is the time of year when people set new resolutions for themselves of what they would like to create for the year. I used to partake in this practice of goal setting but have shifted my rituals for the new year.

Do you know that less than 10% of people actually achieve their resolutions? It really is quite a low statistic. My take on why resolutions don’t work for most people is because they are set at the level of the mind and are attempted by using will power. The mind and will power are very useful tools but can only take us so far on their own. What underlies our actions and steers the ship so to speak, are energetic patterns that we have taken on throughout our lifetime. Most of us are unaware of them. These energetic patterns are our thoughts and beliefs and fears and emotions etc. Another way to look at this is that our conscious mind, the mind we are aware of, is only responsible for 4% of our results in life. Our subconscious minds are responsible for 96% of our reality. Our thoughts, beliefs, unconscious commitments, fears, emotions live in our subconscious mind and run the show. So if I set a goal of losing 10 lbs but I have subconscious beliefs that it will be too hard or I’m not worth it or I tend to be an emotional eater, chances are I won’t accomplish my goal.

As a collective society, we also tend to live lives of reaction instead of creation. We react to our external environment and get ricocheted around by events and circumstances instead of creating our lives consciously by shifting energy patterns within us. How many of you use your energy to just get through the day or the week? Does that sound familiar? It is survival energy we are running on and many of us are tired and wired. What about using your energy to create a life that feels amazing to you and supports your wellbeing? Does that sound good to you? It is what I want and what I will be working on creating for myself this year.

So how will I do that? I have chosen three words to focus my energy on and will serve as my mantra (my reminders when I am freaking out!). These words are more about the energy I want to be in instead of goals I want to achieve. They are surrender, open and receive. I truly believe these are keys to my ultimate happiness instead of setting resolutions and goals. With anything I want to accomplish or experience, I know that surrendering, opening and receiving are the way to creating it. Any time I am feeling discomfort either emotionally or physically, my intention is to acknowledge the thoughts/emotions that are causing the discomfort and then let them go instead of clinging to them. I do this by opening and relaxing into them instead of closing, resisting and stressing about them. Just being present with them often allows them to move on. Then in this energy of openness, I can allow myself to receive what I need most in that moment. I have been playing with this over the past 3 weeks and have noticed a big change in myself and in my environment. Remaining calm and open in the face of discomfort has allowed me to move forward in a way that helps me the most instead of reacting. I am able to choose and create how I want to feel instead and take the steps towards my desires. I feel much more responsible for my life instead of being a victim of circumstances. It is very empowering and energy giving instead of depleting.

What are your 3 words for 2015? Or maybe it is one word. Whatever resonates with you most, go with it. My invitation to you, should you choose to accept it, is to take some quiet time and see what words come to you as you put your attention on the coming year. You will know they are the right ones because you will feel an “Ah Yes” when they appear. Then, when you are feeling off kilter or things aren’t going the way you want, ask how you can bring the energy of your words into your space. If you aren’t sure how to go about this and would like some guidance in shifting energetic patterns and creating your life instead of reacting, reach out to me and I would be happy to help you through the bumps that are getting in the way. Have fun coming up with your words!

Until next time, much love,


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