New Year’s Eve is around the corner. Worldwide, many people make plans to celebrate the coming of the new year. It has also become a time-honored exercise to think about and hope to accomplish good intentions, new beginnings. Often, many of us set up New Year’s resolutions for positive change.
The tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates from 153 B.C., when Janus, a mythical two-faced king of early Rome, was given the honor of being placed at the beginning of the calendar year as the first month-January. Janus had the magical power to examine past and future events. This is when he became the ancient symbol for resolutions.
As we strive to incorporate our resolutions into our daily lives, we may encounter frictions that make our goals more difficult to achieve. For instance, if we resolve to lose weight, having time to prepare healthy meals might be a challenge, or food cravings might pop up. Or, perhaps, we might resolve to be a more compassionate person, but anger and impatience quickly overwhelm us when feeling stressed or tired.
However, Sadhguru offers us assistance with making and keeping resolutions.
Sadhguru: “If you have a vision of what you wish to do with yourself and the world around you, it is not beyond your capacity to create it. It is only because you are a bundle of confusion, most of the time seeking what you don’t want – that things that you really want never come to you. This lack of vision and will in your life is fundamentally because of a distorted understanding of the world around us.”
Now, this isn’t to say that setting an overarching, enduring vision is enough to magically manifest your desired reality on command. Realistically – depending on the scope of your vision – a single lifetime alone may not be enough to realize all of the different things you envision.
But by focusing on the best possible vision for our lives, we automatically give ourselves the ability to create it. It doesn’t matter how far from our current realities these visions are – simply accepting our visions as our highest priorities enables us to transcend concerns about what’s realistic or possible. What seemed impossible a few hundred years ago –flying for example, is now possible for everyone. So instead of chopping down potent and infinite possibilities, we can simply become that which we seek to bring into our lives.
If you’re currently struggling to build your life around the tiny, fractious goals you believe will make you a better person in some way, just stop. Stop worrying about whether or not the future you want is attainable based on where you are today and instead, set a clear vision for what you’d like your life to be. Dismiss all other thoughts of confusion or self-doubt from your mind and start living the amazing life that’s always been possible for you!”