A new year means a new theme! Woot woot!
I love new years. I love a new start. I love making resolutions. I love feeling like things are going to be different. And most often then naught, I’m caught up in the same situation over and over again. The same problems roll around and the same issues find me another year later. I tend to repeat history over and over again and think “how in the world did I end up here AGAIN?”
There are a lot of reasons why I end up in the same place. But it all comes down to one word.
Not like the workout by Shaun T, not that Insanity. I’m just insane. I keep doing the same things over and over again and I expect to get different results. Redundant isn’t it?
Well for 2016 I decided to begin differently. I am a different person. As I wrote on my Living Whole As Heilala blog, I am me again. 2015 was a year to Renew and resume to my former state. I feel like me again. And because I am me again, I can now create the world I want to live in.
The past few years has taught me so much about myself. After Joshua and I got married, I went through a sleep-like state of “going with the flow”. I wasn’t even reacting. That’s how you know things are bad. You just don’t care. And I didn’t. I just let things happen and didn’t expect much of life. Thanks to a few people and a few life changing experiences (one of them being the loss of my sweet angel Maria) I woke up. I began reacting, and now that I’ve recognized my reaction, I am now aligning myself to create, to manifest, to bless, and to be blessed. I am acting to make things happen instead of reacting to whatever happens.
Why did I choose “Align” as my word for 2016?
Well, I began learning about creating the life you want, and manifesting, and the law of attraction, and all that good stuff a few years back. I never actually tried to put things into practice until recently. Then I read about Self I-Dentity Ho’oponopono, which is a self-internalization of the ancient Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono. (Read Zero Limits by Joe Vitale to learn more.) I realized that it is more about aligning myself with my high purpose and my God and allowing myself to be who I need to be. I can manifest what I want, sure. I can create the life that I want, yes. I can become blessed and bless others, of course. But to receive the greatest fulfillment and to really achieve my greatest potential, I realized that I can’t be in charge. There has to be someone greater, someone all knowing, someone else who is in charge. There just had to be a master planner. Because if it’s just me, then there is no way on earth for me to receive what I needed to receive or to become my highest self. I have to align myself with that greater power, for me that is my God, to be able to create, to manifest, to bless, and to be blessed in the highest way possible. It’s much bigger than myself. It’s much bigger than changing the world. It’s much bigger than anything I could comprehend. It’s about being a part of the grand plan. I intend to play my part the best way that I can.
What do I plan on doing differently?
The basics. That’s what Josh calls them.
Alma 37:6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. (from LDS.org)
Or in the words of one of my favorite church leaders:
This means that each day I will do something small to achieve my goals. It isn’t about the huge ginormous tasks that make the difference, it’s the small, insignificant (or so we thing) things that matter. I love the proverb that says, “How does a man move a mountain? One stone at a time.” This is what I plan on doing different.
The reason why I never got to where I wanted to go, or why I sat in the same crap over and over again, was because I was doing the same little things over and over again. Sleeping in late, staying up late, playing games, putting things off til the last minute, rushing everywhere because I didn’t get things done on time, always going out to do things or sitting at home on my phone, instead of putting in a little time each day.
What does that look like exactly? Well for me it’s reading in my Book of Mormon each day. It’s meditating for just 5 minutes. It’s taking a green pill or drink (because I’m not about that green smoothie life). It’s taking 5 minutes to just talk one-on-one with one of my kids and letting them know how much I love and appreciate them. It’s listening to an audio book for like 20 min. My coach calls his system Core4. I could never get it down, so I changed mind to a Perfect10. If I could do just 10 little things each day, then my day is set. I just told you 5 of the 10 things I’ll be doing daily. If you think about it, listening to a good audio book (I am currently listening to “Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy) for 20 min a day, 7 days a week, that is 140 min of learning. And I can listen while I’m driving, or doing the dishes. I am actively feeding my mind for 140 min a week. That’s 7,280 minutes a year. Do you know how many audio books I could listen to in that amount of time???? If an audio book is 8 hours long, and there are 60 min in an hour, that is 480 min. Divide 7,280 by 480 and that’s technically 15 books I could finish this year. Just 20 min a day. Catch my drift?
So here’s to the little things. And as I do the little things, I will align myself more and more each day with my purpose, my God, and my highest self.
How do you plan on changing 2016? Or do you have a word to describe this new year?
Let me know in the comments below!