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Making Meaningful New Year’s Resolutions – Day One

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All this week I will be doing a series of posts on how to make meaningful New Year's Resolutions that will last and will make a significant difference to your life. Each day there will be a short journaling exercise which will take you one step closer to setting up that resolution. It may seem at first that the exercises are irrelevant but as the days build up you will see that they come together to give you a strong doable resolution with in built success mechanisms

Today we will look at how to choose a resolution. So often we snatch one out of the air. Usually the old hoary ones like: I will lose weight this year. We like the idea of. a fresh start, a clean slate. However, we don't choose our resolution with understanding and do not implement it with good foundations, the result being that it lasts all of about ten days then is put to the back of our minds to be dragged out next year. This year I really will lose weight.

The first problem we face in making resolutions is that we choose at random, we choose what we think we ought to pick because of societal or family pressure or we choose without a real understanding of what, deep down we want and need in our life.

So the first two days are going to be looking that that issue before we move on to how to make the resolution stick.

For today's exercise I want you to imagine your future life has been made into a film. You are watching one of those montages of snapshots from the film, meant to give you a flavour of what it is all about. Journal about what you see. Be specific in your descriptions. Use the prompts below to assist you if need be. Let fantasy reign. Do not stop to think: but that can never be. This first step is about wild ideals and imaginings. It is about letting your hidden instincts loose on the safety of a private page. It is not about guessing what your real life is likely to be like tomorrow. It is about reinventing your life so it has all the good bits of now and the good bits you long for. Its is about resetting you life if you want to do that.

Write and do not censor yourself. Journaling wisdom says that if you do this for at least twenty minutes you will get over early inhibitions, get into the flow and will get to the real buried treasure deep within.

When you are finished close the book and leave it be until tomorrow. But you are allowed to carry your dream with you as you live the next 24 hours

Prompts:

Where is the film set?

Who plays you and your family members?

What do you dress in?

Where do you live?

What do your days look like?

What are you eating?

How do you speak?

What is the plot? What do you overcome?

What are the people like that you surround yourself with?

What is NOT in this life?

 

 

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  1. MikiJones #

    Thank you!!! A few years ago, I did a 13 week facilitated Artists Way workshop (which was a wonderful experience, BTW) and I continued Morning Pages for a long time. But a few years ago, life got in the way, and I stopped that really wonderful practice. This is a perfect exercise with which to begin my MPs again – many thanks for this!

    December 31, 2012

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