If you are like me it is easy to begin a new year with all the excitement and energy towards a particular set of intentions…and by mid-January it starts to feel like life is back to its usual self.
And, here is where you begin to see what you are really committed to…a vibrant, expressive creative life or your usual evenings on the couch, feeling worn out and tired.
An intention is the seed from which an idea or desire begins to sprout and grow; it is the creative spark which can fuel a particular passion. However, without commitment, an intention is merely a good idea.
Line Up Your Head and Your Heart
A commitment is a promise or pledge you make to yourself. And, it is the way to line up both your head and your heart.
Your head likes to problem solve and your heart wants to fly, soaring like a bird on a wind current.
What to do? What to do?
3 Easy Steps….
1. Create a juicy COMMITMENT statement to capture the zest your heart feels.
What did you want for yourself? For the sake of an example, perhaps it was to more fully express your creativity in 2015.
Take that statement of desire and turn it into a juicy, tantalizing commitment statement. Allow yourself the energy of your heart’s desire and create a statement which will have you leaping off the couch on a Sunday to pursue your artistic longings.
“I commit to gleefully and with a-kid-in-a candy-store-delight, breaking out my paints, and opening to and allowing swirling, vibrant, magical energy to flow through me and onto the canvas as a vibrant expression of my soul.”
2. Decide on a specific STRATEGY to help you fulfill this promise to yourself.
Deciding on a specific action is where you make a commitment, this promise to yourself, real and tangible. Otherwise, your problem-solving brain is running around like a sheep-dog trying to round up the correct actions and enough motivation you need to follow through on your intention. Without some specificity, it will not have much luck bringing the sheep to the proper pen.
Intentions are lovely, and they can spend all day languidly grazing on a hillside, moving from one clump of grass to another, not really going anywhere, following well-trodden paths.
So, what will be your strategy, which your determined, problem-solving, energetic sheep-dog-like brain can use to give your intention some momentum?
Will you sign-up for a painting class? And by when?
Will you commit to blocking out time on Sunday afternoons to paint?
Will you enroll some friends to paint with you once-a-month?
3. Commit and RE-COMMIT.
Commitment is a beautiful thing; it gives you something to come home to, a purpose or promise to fulfill.
“I commit” is an energetically, powerful statement.
Even more powerful, perhaps, for its forgiving nature, it the idea of being able to commit and re-commit to our intentions and the goals they represent. There is permission here which allows you to start again, and again, until you find what strategy works best for you.
Unlike resolutions which are often seen as “broken” once the paints aren’t broken out on a Sunday afternoon, as you resolved to do; you can simply re-commit to this pledge of authentic self-expression.
Let 2015 be the year you commit and re-commit.
Here’s to your commitments!