Before you get all caught up in the new year and your resolutions, I beg you to take a moment to get really real about what you really want.
Below are some resources for writers and yogis that I’ve been using the last week or so to find some clarity about the year ahead.
First things first, SELF-LOVE
Then there’s self-love + clarity:
* The Chopra Center 2013 Guided Journal
For even more clarity…
For Writers, definitely check out:
* How do you get perspective on your creative enterprise? by the fabulous Jeffrey Davis
He takes you through mapping out your 3 month horizon– but you need to sign up to receive the article. Here’s a taste:
Your 3 Month Horizon: look forward to the immediate horizon in front of you. Imagine yourself three months from now. Where do you want to be with your business, enterprise, or creative project?
- Who do you want to be as a professional, enterpriser, or creative?
- Who will you be relating to?
- How will you feel?
- When was I engaged with my work?
- *When was I passionate about my work?
- What practices added to my productivity? (Please define productivity in any way that works for you: writing more words, beginning and completing pieces, putting in a certain amount of time, etc.)
- What practices or situations challenged my ability to be productive?
- Based on the above, what would you like to do more of? Less of?
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK:
- What would you do if you had nothing to lose?
- What would you do if money were no object?
- What would you do if you didn’t care what people thought?
- What would you do if you knew you would not fail?
- What would you do if you knew you had one year to live?
The two highlighted above are the ones that really got me. If I had one year to live (and didn’t care what others thought), I would:
- finish my novel
- go on a crusade telling people (and myself, definitely myself too!) to follow their heart/dreams already and really really try to love themselves. See I can’t love yourself for you (Tired of judging/perfecting yourself? See The Right Way To Do Yoga) or follow your heart for you. This is something we all have to do for ourselves. But saying so is part of my dream and that’s the best I can do for now. And think about it- if you only had a year to live, wouldn’t you tell me to do the same thing?
Finally, Dan Blank’s article reminds us not to take life and our work too seriously: Your Legacy is Written in the Thoughts, Attitudes, and Actions of Others:
“The effect of your work is often a little below the surface. People who love your books or whatever else you create will rarely send you a message telling you. Instead, your legacy is forged in silence, often unknown to you, the creator. You inspire someone in a small way, help shape their worldview, and down the road, these things affect an action they take.”
here’s to love + following our <3 + being radically present to our lives (good + bad)
ps- “You have done the best you can this year, and it is enough“- Christine Arylo
It is enough, it really is.