I’ll be the first to admit, there’s something compelling and invigorating about a New Year. Even though it’s a random date on a calendar, there’s little else that conjures up such a sense of new beginning and possibility. It’s almost irresistible to jump on the band wagon and set New Year’s goals. You’ve probably already made them (and maybe you’ve even already broken them).
Honestly, there isn’t anything wrong with setting New Year’s goals. Setting intentions for your life. Stepping stones to mark your journey. Base camps as you go for the summit of Mount Everest.
And yet… there’s a dark side to these resolutions.
Lurking not far off is an adorable little sheep talking us into all kinds of ideas about how this year’s going to be the one—the one where you write the book you’ve been saying you’re going to write; or this will be the year when you’ll loose those 50 lbs once and for all; or this will be the year you’ll start your daily yoga practice. And by the way, have you ever noticed that some of your New Year’s resolutions show up every year? Hmmmm….
That adorable little sheep is hard to resist. She is the slick advertisement to how much better life’s going to be when you achieve these resolutions. Life after your drop those 50 pesky lbs is going to be amazing. And you’re going to feel like a rock star when you finish that book. And… and… and…
Right behind those warm, trust-evoking sheep eyes though is a cunning wolf. The wolf of “there’s something not quite right with you” and because “there’s something not quite right with you”, you’re not really valuable. You’re not really lovable. You’re not really enough and you never will be unless you fix this.
It’s the ultimate “I’ll love you when…..” When you loose the weight, when you write the book; when you break the marathon record; when you….. (fill in the blank with your own personal favorite. You don’t have one? Try just for a moment to close your eyes and take a deep breath and ask inside. More than likely you’ll here it pop right on up to the surface.)
You don’t have to throw out your resolutions. They’re fun. What I’d like you to do though is to step into them from a place of knowing you’re infinitely valuable, lovable, deserving.
Step into your resolutions this year from a place of love and ease and gentleness. You’re expanding; you’re growing; you’re evolving. But that expansion, growth and evolution doesn’t change your worth. That’s already set in stone. And just in case you need a little reminder…
Your value? P.R.I.C.E.L.E.S.S.
And PS… nothing will every change that!
And PPS… leave me a comment and let me know what your intentions are for this brand new, fresh, wide open year.