Resolutions anyone?

CandleAt this time of year we all get a bit reflective.  Another year has passed and we are wondering what the next will have in store.  Sometimes we look back on the year with fondness, whilst other times we have regrets of things left unfinished or wishes that we could have done things differently.  Are you starting to think about resolutions?  Things you want to change or improve in your life?  Many of us will be and how many of those resolutions will make it through until the end of January?  If you’re in that group of people who would answer that final question with ‘not many’ or ‘none’ then you definitely need to read on.  If you’re not, then great, but read on any way…

I’m not normally one for making resolutions at this time of year.  With the excess of Christmas and the cold, dark mornings of January and February to come, it simply doesn’t feel like the time to be ‘super-positive’ and the time for big changes.  However, I’m thinking that this new year’s eve is different.  For the first time in 19 years there is a new Moon on the 1st January.  AND it’s a supermoon!  New Moons are the perfect time to set goals and intentions for the coming days, weeks and months ahead.  This is the time to plant the seed, which will grow and blossom into something wonderful.  This is true of every new Moon, but it seems so perfect falling at the point in the year we see as a new beginning (even if it is a made up new beginning!).New Moon

And as if that wasn’t enough the new Moon falls within a degree of Pluto.  If this isn’t the perfect time to think about transformation and change then I don’t know when is!  There might be areas of your life you are already thinking about, or you might like to consider where Capricorn falls in your birth chart.  The astrological house where you find Capricorn is where the new Moon is happening and will give you some indication of the area of life that might be most ripe for change.

However, I’m all for starting small.   After all, acorns make oak trees!! If you haven’t come across the superb Zen Habits then I’d highly recommend you take a look.  There’s lots of inspiration and the gentle Buddhist approach of author Leo Babauta shines through.  He doesn’t talk about whole sale instantaneous change, because how many of us can truly manage this, let alone sustain it?  He advocates small, almost minuscule changes that are sustainable and eventually grow into something much, much bigger.  Using this approach he has turned his life around and is happier and healthier for it.

The key to setting goals it that they must be measurable.  It’s no good saying, ‘in 2014 I’m going to get healthier!’, because what does that actually mean.  Does this mean exercise, food, giving up smoking, drink, drugs?  Set yourself a measurable goal and you are far more likely to be able to achieve it and be able to work towards it.  For example, ‘I’m going to be healthier by eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day’.  Now there’s more clarity and you can start to plan.  Or, ‘I’m going to be healthier by exercising four days a week for 30 minutes’, okay, so what’s the exercise going to be?  Walking four days a week for 30 minutes is a measurable goal.  Why not tell someone, or ask them to join you?  That way not only is the goal measurable, but now you’re accountable too.  These are the small things that make it possible to not only make our resolutions achievable but to actually achieve them.

Setting goals and being accountable is where a coach can help you.  Coaching is another technique we’ll be adding to our services in 2014.  Our goal for 2014 is to launch our (in-progress) new website that will better let you know the range of services we can offer.  I’m really excited about this and am looking forward to seeing it all come together.  I’ve got a few other more personal resolutions forming too, but my goal for this afternoon is to ponder how to make them measurable and put a timescale on them.  That way I can make the most of this new Moon energy and tap into the power of the supermoon.

Whatever you decide, we you all a happy, healthy and fulfilling 2014!