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Thursday, January 6, 2011

2011 New DAY Resolutions

Here we are another year later. We are optimistic and enthusiastic about all the goals we have created. However, deep down there is a small pit of doubt in our stomach. We find ourselves asking, "Am I really going to do it this year? Am I really going to accomplish all these goals or am I going to give up on them in 3 months?" I don't know about you, but this has definitely been the case for most of my life for New Years Resolutions. Don't believe me? Just check out my Bikini Body Challenge I posted on my blog in 2009. When it comes to making changes, the ones I have kept were never because of New Years, but they were decisions I made just because I wanted to do it. There was no expectation that I HAD to do anything. Somehow, New Years can bring a sense of overwhelm that we MUST do something. We generate these amazing goals with a big gusto and before we know it that goal has somehow vaporized into thin air! Well, I don't know about you, but I am done with that cycle. After all, the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over expecting different results. This year I have opted to do something else.

What am I doing different?
I have gone simple. I took time to gain clarity on my intention. Then I created daily FEEL GOOD habits. You know, the ones that make you feel good when you do them. It is my goal to create daily disciplines that feel attainable. They require effort, but they don't burn me out.

My Intention
This is not just about this year, but it's about how I want to feel and experience life today and everyday.... for 2011 & for LIFE. That intention is to FEEL GOOD & BE HAPPY. That's it! I want to enjoy & celebrate life, to feel in love with myself & my life, and pay it forward. My intention is on creating and living a lifestyle I want to live now. To start practicing becoming the person I want to be & do the activities I love. I want to live as if I died today that I would be satisfied with the way I conducted myself in my life. If I knew my time on Earth was limited (which we all know it is) I would choose happiness no matter what. I would KNOW I can do anything. I would see my beauty, focus on progress & not perfection, open up & be vulnerable. I would drop fears and just do it! I would allow that creative expression to flow through me and into my life. I would feel a deep connection to my spirit and operate on high vibrations.

I recently watched a video from Brian & Alexandra Jaye Johnson and I heard him refer to daily disciplines as daily Blissaplines. I fell in love with it immediately because it shifted the feeling of strictness into blissness. My goal for today and everyday is to be consistent with the following feel good habits:
Rise w/ the sun - don't let the sun catch me in bed :)
Contemplate & Silence (ask & see what shows up)
Hydrate- yummy tea
Exercise- get sweaty
Savor slowly: Green, Clean, & Lean Foods (after elimination)
Gratitude Journal
Create & Fulfill Goals
Allow (eliminate resistance/fears)
Study, Practice, & Share
Express My Creativity
Practice Impeccability
Choose happiness
Be a good friend to those around me

The Cool Thing About This Approach
When you are focused on just on doing things that feel good then you just let the outcomes take care of themselves. Perhaps, life will show you results that you may never have imagined. Living this way automatically reduces stress and brings a sense of peace and balance. You will feel yourself taking daily steps that close the gap from where you am to where you want to be. A new day resolution doesn't give you time to put things off. Procrastination ends and living now begins.

Where Things Go Wrong
We forget our intention, We disconnect from spirit by getting so mentally cluttered that we forget what is most important. The best way I am finding to stay connected to my intention is to take time daily to collaborate with God. You know, contemplate (it's on my list of daily feel good habits), be silent and give the mind time to detox from incessant thoughts that distract us from what we really want. We all need reminders and this one seems to do the trick! You realize that there is nothing you HAVE to do. These are all things you GET to do.

What You Don't Want
If you are anything like me you don't want to put off life. You are done with overwhelming and defeating yourself before you even get started. You are done with frustration and stress. There is no way you can keep going and living with regret. So cheers to turning your life around, one day, one habit at a time. Let life flow through you and enjoy the ride!

Now that I have shared a little bit about my new day resolutions, I'd love to hear yours!

Cheers to LIFE!



Matt said...

Lori, you Rock! Your messages always seem to flow into my life at just the right time. Thanks for being you! Love :)!

James M said...

For 2011, I wanted to create 3 simple rules that I could follow for three different aspects of my life that I am passionate about. I outlined everything on my blog, but keeping it simple will help me succeed.

I'm certainly glad that I haven't chosen to rise with the sun, especially if I decide to move back North. In the winter, the sun won't rise until 9am and sets at 3pm. In the summer, it will set at 1am and rise at 4am. My lifestyle would be screwed up severely!

Lori Painter said...

@ Matt- Thank you and You're welcome! We are all in this world together! :)

@ James- LOL....yeah, rising with the sun is definitely not fun with that kind of schedule! :) It reminded me of how nice it would be to live closer to the equator. :)

Anonymous said...

thank for this video Lori, it is very helpfull to be reminded to stay tuned to the present moment.