As I write this blog we in the Eastern Time Zone in the United States are less than 4 hours away from the New Year. In a few hours champagne glasses will clink, lovers will kiss and friends and family will wish each other a Happy New Year while versions of Auld Lang Syne play on the radio, television or digital music player. Many will resolve to stop eating sweets, exercise regularly, read more books, watch less TV, lose weight or stop smoking. Most resolutions are set in earnest, but soon forgotten or abandoned. Less than 10% of people who make resolutions actually achieve them, which makes you wonder why we make them in the first place.
In prosperity studies we learn that without the proper consciousness, we will not hold on to money even if we win the lottery (I mentioned this in a previous post). Similarly, we will not lose weight if our consciousness is focused on despising ourselves with extra weight and we’ll not manifest a better job if we are consumed with hating our current one. After being introduced to these principles a number of years ago, I began to view New Year’s resolutions as truly backwards. As a culture we seem to whoop it up and party hard on New Year’s Eve, toast the passing of the old (“good riddance to everything that didn’t work for me over the past 12 months!” [burp] ), then ring in the new with very little contemplation of our own role in creating the things that didn’t work last year.
I think New Year’s Eve ought to be more contemplative that celebratory. How can we expect to make things right in the new year if we’ve not even addressed how we manifested the negative stuff in the first place? We can’t, and that’s a major reason for the paltry resolution results.
This year in my New Year’s email to my staff I suggested that each one of them think about the previous year and what they might want to leave in the past (as opposed to dragging it along with them into the new year). I asked them to visualize an old, abandoned shack, and to see themselves walking up to the shack, opening the front door and depositing a sack filled with the things they’d like to leave in the past onto the floor of the abandoned shack. Next, I told them to see themselves turning around, and walking away from that sack and out of the shack, closing the door behind them and not looking back.
Famed physicist Albert Einstein is credited with saying, “Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.”
If we want to improve any aspect of our lives in the coming year, we need to understand the consciousness, or mind set that allowed it to manifest in our lives in the first place. Then, we must heal that belief or thought pattern before we can expect the new year to bear different fruit.
If you struggled with money substance in 2014 and your New Year’s resolution is to have more money in 2015 it is important that this resolution is not based on disgust for the lack you experienced in 2014. Instead, you need to turn your thinking around toward gratitude for all the good that you experienced in 2014 and leave those thoughts of lack on the floor of the abandoned shack. Being grateful and recognizing the abundance that was around you at all times in 2014 (whether it felt that way or not!) is the first step toward shifting your consciousness into a place that can bring forth more abundance, including money substance.
“I am grateful for the abundance I experienced in 2014!
I give thanks for the many blessings I received
and the Good that came into my life because of these blessings.
I am particularly thankful for ______________!
I welcome this New Year with happy expectation, knowing that all is well.
And so it is!”
In the demonstration of abundance known as the parable of the 5 loaves and 2 fishes, Jesus took what he had and gave thanks. He didn’t say “Oh holy crap! We don’t even have enough for the 13 of us – how are we going to feed this crowd!?” He gave thanks, and moved forward in faith, knowing that what he needed would be provided,… and it was.
17 [the disciples] said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. [Matthew 14:17 – 21]
So on this cusp of another new year, give thanks for the loaves and fishes in your basket (your 2014 experiences). Don’t look too far ahead and proclaim that success is never going to happen for you, or fret that you can’t imagine how things will get better. Leave those negative thoughts and beliefs in that abandoned shack and turn your back on them. Give thanks for what you have in front of you right now: your health today, your bank account balance right now, your current job and salary – then step forward in the knowing that 2015 is going to be your best year so far.
I am knowing that a happy, blessed & prosperous New Year is already yours.
And so it is.