Resolution Number One and Number Two are the base to uplifitng the spirit. Those resolutions transform our perspective and focuses on the good things in life.
Resolution number three focuses on mapping out your year. We tend to do this at work all the time. It's called a quarterly or annual goal. It's so easy to map out our work goals, but for many, it's difficult to make a plan to take of themself. Some people thrive on a rigid plan, others with no plan at all.
I believe in "flexible plans." I think it's good to set goals, but it's also good to be flexible. For example, something unexpected may come up (good or bad) or your ideas may change in the next six months. But it's still a good idea to have a plan.
What are somethings you'd like to accomplish? Or have always wanted to do? Why not try something new?
One example that I will share is that I wanted to take a calligraphy class. I love writing and quotes. And after living in Germany, I found a deep appreciation for historic lettering. Last fall I searched for classes. I found a couple that fit my schedule, but the energy in the air was stressful. I needed art more than ever, but felt I couldn't focus on it or give my one-hundred percent.
So the new year came and I thought about calligraphy classes. Should I do it as a birthday gift? Or should I save money and focus on writing? I took a walk on a 32-degree day in Queen Anne. On the corner of a street that I never go down was a posterboard, marked "free," with three books on them. One book was about the history of lettering and how the Romans got the alphabet. I got so excited over the topic because after discovering how the Romans changed the New Year to January (and named this month because of the two-faced God Janus). I will begin my calligraphy adventure January 16th.
Pretty much, the writing was on the wall. A message, a sign, whatever you want to call it, some plans take longer to come to fruition. It's why I believe in being flexible, but never losing sight of what you want to do.
If you need further motivation, read about Belshazzar's feast where we got the term, "the writing is on the wall." Now, the story signifies that danger is present when you "see the writing on the wall," but sometimes this helps us overcome challenges in our life to make room for the new. For example, if you eat high bouts of sugar and your doctor tells you that you are "pre-diabetic," the writing is on the wall that if you continue the same path you'll get Type 2 Diabetes. The message can't be any more clear.
So dream big, think of what you want to accomplish and think of the mini-steps you need to accomplish your goal. You can't climb Mount Everest without climbing to the peak of various "mini-mountains." Goals are the same.
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com