It’s that time again, when many of us are grappling with the issue of New Year’s resolutions. Should we make any? If so, which ones? How likely are they to succeed? And what will happen if they don’t?

New Year’s resolutions are admirable propositions, and they can yield many beneficial results when they manifest successfully. resolutionBut, from a conscious creation perspective, such success depends on more than just wishing hoped-for changes into being. Unfortunately, though, many of us embark on these undertakings with little more than that, and it’s simply not enough to go on.

Some might think me a pessimist for saying that, but nothing could be further from the truth; I strongly believe in the power of making positive changes in our lives. For me, however, success with New Year’s resolutions depends heavily on the conscious creation groundwork we put into place prior to their implementation. This begins with examining the beliefs associated with whatever it is we want to alter. Asking ourselves probing questions about those beliefs (and the consequences of their proposed alteration) can significantly increase the probability of success and satisfaction: Are the beliefs sound enough to make the projected changes achievable? Are they too ambitious? Too limited? Is it possible to envision the outcomes before the changes manifest? Are there conflicting beliefs or intents that could sabotage the anticipated materializations (a particularly helpful question in instances where fear, doubt or contradiction hold sway)? What are the consequences of success? Of “failure?” And will further changes be necessitated by a resolution’s successful manifestation?

Without such an analysis, the probability of achieving satisfying results diminishes, and I believe that’s why so many people ultimately fail on their resolutions – they simply don’t put in the necessary belief-related legwork in advance. Attempting to commit to change, without committing to examining the beliefs that underpin such change, is often a recipe for failure. This is not to suggest that we should dwell obsessively on how to attain success, because that can lead to the trap of semi-conscious creation, where we obsess about the form of the outcome (rather than how closely it resembles the underlying intent) that we often fail to recognize success when it materializes. On the other hand, proceeding without taking stock of our existing and proposed beliefs can usher in disappointment – undoubtedly not the best way to start the New Year.

And what happens if a resolution doesn’t appear realistic or feasible? In my view, just don’t make it. Forcing a change without the proper belief support for it is a disaster waiting to happen, and, if enough of those avoidable disasters manifest in one’s life, they can affect one’s worldview significantly. Pushing the envelope is one thing, but pushing the Universe is something else entirely.

I believe this approach to implementing resolutions is essential whenever we commit to making changes in our lives, not just at New Year’s. Given its value, then, there’s no reason why we should have to wait for the start of the year to make use of it. January 1st may provide a convenient starting point (especially for gauging results over time), but potentially every day could be New Year’s Day if we resolve to do so. Either way, just make sure to take the foregoing steps before you start out, regardless of whether or not you’re a resolution traditionalist.

Happy New Year, everyone! And good creating with whatever resolutions you undertake!

Copyright © 2013, by Brent Marchant. All rights reserved.

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