Powerful Intentions for a New Year
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree of Contrast.
It hit me on my way home from work. I already know what my intentions (not resolutions) will be for 2007, and Iâ€™m going to get a head start on them. As of tonight.
Last year, the phrase I lived by was: risk everything! That was hard. Iâ€™ve Â been doing that one for 3 years in a row now, taking really scary risks Â and Â putting Â my heart out there (my heart being the most terrifying thing to risk after a divorce) and going after what I want. It hasnâ€™t always yielded Â a payoff Â to embrace Â literally, Â and Â yet, Â the Â best things that have come to me in the past 3 years have been because I risked everything.
Risk is about fighting the fear of loss. Itâ€™s about deciding that the gain received from the risk is and will always be worth more than any potential for loss. Itâ€™s also about focusing on Â the Â success Â that Â comes Â with Â risk, Â because why risk if you think itâ€™s going to fail. So thatâ€™s a Â good mindsetâ€”the idea that if I can just force myself to move on Â something that captivates my heart, then the results will be worth the effort and then some.
This year, Â itâ€™s time to start reaping the rewards of all that risk. Â But of course, Â how can I reap Â the rewardsÂ Â if I deny myself? Â So Â this yearâ€™s phrase of intention is: Â Allow miracles! Not just to expect them Â (yes, folks, I am expecting things to happen again, Â good things, Â and itâ€™s okay for me to have expectations Â and to expect things and if you think Â otherwise, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â then steer clear of me because I donâ€™t Â need Â that kind of limited, damaged thinking from you anymore!). No, not just to expect miracles, but to let them come to me, with my arms open wide and excited to see them coming and knowing that theyâ€™re there. No more beating myself up and telling myself that I have to â€œexpect nothing.â€ Â Honey, Â I am Â expecting Â everything and Iâ€™m allowing all the good stuff to come into my life that Iâ€™ve been unwittingly pushing away by telling myself I had to Â â€œexpect Â nothing.â€ Â Ye Â Gods, Â what Â terrible Â advice Â I swallowed! â€œNothingâ€ was what I got, and from now on, itâ€™s good Â stuff… though Â to Â some, Â that Â good stuff Â may seem like a miracle. And thatâ€™s okay, because this will be a year of some wonderful miracles and Iâ€™m now open to receiving them.
Each year, I also pick a verb, a good solid action word to constitute my focus for the year. Last year, it was manifest. I wasnâ€™t doing much with manifesting, I didnâ€™t think, at the time the verb first came to mind, but it really has been my focus all year and Iâ€™ve brought many things from the Ether to the mental and emotional and some are already in the physical and others are very close behind. So everything Â I Â expect for 2007 has already been put into play and is manifestingÂ for me now and in the next few months.
So my action verb for 2007 is a result of all that manifesting. Thatâ€™s because I know the results of what Iâ€™ve risked are Â coming to me presently Â and Iâ€™m excited and intending to savor these new successes, Â new friendships, new prosperity, and love.
Yes, my action verb for 2007 is…enjoy.