I always think of New Year’s Eve as a magical time, a symbol of new beginnings and positive change. When I was a little kid, I believed that whatever I wished for on New Year’s Eve would come true. The trick was to make my wish while the clock was striking midnight. Many years later, I am still a believer, although not as ardent. The problem is I can only make one wish, which I need to have all figured out beforehand, otherwise I’ll forget it or get the details wrong. And you know what happens when you get your wish wrong. Right. Nothing good. 🙂
So, I decided to take a different approach. Instead of making just one wish and trying to get it right while under pressure and being distracted by the clock, I’ll write down an entire New Year Petition stating my vision and goals for the new year.
If you think I am talking about New Year’s resolutions, you are right, but only in part. Although these resolutions are made of the same stuff as our wishes and desires and ultimately are our goals, there is one significant flaw most of them share. These glorified laundry lists lack wings and energy to lift us off the ground.
A true goal or vision generates the energy and motivation required for its achievement. To be true though, it needs to be authentic (meaning it’s our goal, not someone else’s), crystal-clear, specific, and well-articulated. Above all, it should make us feel good and elated. If a goal fails to make us feel good, it needs to be re-formulated or discarded. I don’t think it’s possible to achieve a goal that doesn’t emanate sufficient inspiration.
Of course, most of these goals are very personal and don’t have to be shared with the rest of the world, but, in my view, they have to be recorded one way or another, with elaborate detail. They also need to be positively charged, because the more positive emotion we invest in our vision, the sooner it will become a reality. But what if we took the time and effort, and came up with a goal or vision that appears to be so grand, that we are not even sure how to approach its realization? I wouldn’t worry about it. It’s a magical time, remember? Anything is possible. Just make your wish and let the Universe take care of the rest.