New Year Resolutions and Visualization.

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
January 1, 2011 8:46pm CST
Why do our New Year's resolutions so often fall by the wayside? Our hope for a brighter future could make us feel optimistic today, that is unless we've already broken the resolution we made last evening. Since most of us are aware of the effect of positive thinking, we may also recognize that looking at our future in a way that is upbeat and positive can help us attract this energy. This may be a good time to create a visualization that can help manifest what it is that we really want to do. Sometimes it's a good idea to write down the goal we wish to attain,noting with as much detail as possible what our expectations will look like. After looking this over, we can close our eyes and picture it as if it already existed. We might try picturing our surroundings or the feelings and sensations. Should negative thoughts enter our minds, we must gently release them and come back to our ideal picture of the future. Did you make a New year's resolution and have you broken it yet? Do you think that visualization might help you?
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Personally I use visualization for almost everything...I find the task are easier to get done when I do this. I really don't make a resolution for the New year. The last one I made was three years ago and I stuck to it for three years! LOL....that was to send everyone in my family a birthday card....all forty some of them!
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 11
Hi jillhill, Thank you for sharing and visualization really does work. Blessings.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
2 Jan 11
Well, my New Years resolution is to pay all my debts ,support our kids in every possible way ,so they can continue going to college. Also, make a plan ,so withing 2 years and 6 months we can relocate to St.Augustine, Florida and this way I can be close to my family again and away from the winter since is really hard to deal with cold weather when you have a thyroid problem. I also need to start selling my house after the winter ,so I'm hoping to be able to sell the house in at least two years from now. Oh I almost forgot, I also need to loose 25 pounds ,so I can reach my ideal weight and be sexy again Ha Ha!
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 11
Hi Mirita, Thanks for commenting and I hope you reach all your goals. A lot of us need to lose weight, I wouldn't mind losing 35 pounds but I'm not sure about looking sexy even then lol! Think positively and use visualization. Blessings.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
2 Jan 11
I don't make New Years resolutions any more, not because in the past I have made them and broken them, it's just to me if you are going to make a positive change why New year's day? Why not tomorrow, why not 14th March for example. Make it today, doesn't matter if it's the 1st or the 21st. I did write goals down in the beginning of 2009, positive goals that I wanted to achieve, sadly I didn't achieve them and it plummeted my self esteem and worth, ok maybe those achievements were giant leaps and I should have made small steps and I probably set myself up for a failure. I know what I want to achieve but at the moment for me it feels like an impossibility, so I don't reach for it, because to me reaching for something and not getting it just adds to me feeling I am a failure. I live more for today and have things to look forward to in days to come rather than months or years because no one knows what's around the corner. I need to work on being positive for TODAY, not tomorrow or what the future may or may not bring.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 11
Hi wolfie, Thank you for responding and I think you have found the best way of all. Set small goals, ones that you think you can achieve, and work on them. Setting big goals and failing over and over again is discouraging for everyone. As I said, even in small goals practice positive thinking and visualization. Remember too that you are not a failure just because you've failed at a lot of things. Never call yourself a failure. Blessings.
• Philippines
2 Jan 11
i want some action this 2011. i have many plans and i want them to be realized soon. if plan A doesnt work, then proceed to plan B. i have many options if a certain plan fails. i just hope this year will bring me luck in terms of money, love and career.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 11
Hi sweetmarie, Thank you for responding and always remember that you can create your furure. I wish you well. Blessings.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
5 Jan 11
I have used this power for many years and I feel that it works, sometimes it take a long time, but if you cannot continue to visualize what you want or need then it just shows that it was not important to you at that time. It took us many years of visualization to obtain our goal of our home, but we both stuck to it and anytime one got discouraged the other reminded what the goal was. Hubby and I have now lived that dream for over 20 years. I use it each day on small things also. How much it helps I can't say, but by doing this I feel that I contribute to my life and not just wait for it to happen.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 11
Hi savypat, Thank you for sharing you experience and I couldn't agree more. We must want something or we won't be able to visualize it.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 11
Blessings my friend.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
7 Jan 11
I used to make them but never kept to it so for many Years now I do not make them any more, I take day by Day now I do not think that visualization would help me either Taking a Day at a Time has helped me a lot over the Years to cope with what has hit me and to solve it so that is how take it
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 11
Hi gabs, Thanks for sharing. Many people have given up on New Year's resolutions in recent years and taking one day at a time is best. As for visualization, it works for many people but unless you believe in it, you will have a problem visualizing it in the first place. Blessings.
@buggles64 (2715)
• United States
4 Jan 11
I see you are a believer in the natural forces of energy too, practiced by many including Jim Kerry. The book "the secret" reveals much of the positive energy that the universe has in store for us. And yes, it does help. If I put my mind on something, then surely if I keep thinking about it, then I will of course achieve it. But just thinking of it doesn't help, you have to put yourself in motion too. Great topic, thank you for posting.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 11
Hi buggles, Thank you for responding and we agree. Blessings.
• United States
2 Jan 11
Pose- I just did a discussion like this in our teaching group posing the question that we should give up having New Year's resolutions. The point you bring up is a very valid one and one I think that truly occurs with people. They make their resolutions, but then don't think about them again until the following year. They do not planning, no goal setting, and no mapping. I agree that visualization is a very important skill to work on. It's one of those things that the more you practice the better you get. One of the top ten common resolutions is weight loss for many people. Visualizing how one wants to look is key to weight loss and will help people to promote the right internal energies necessary for this transformation. For myself, I have goals but they are goals that I have been taking small steps to gain success through out this last year. In our group we've been discussing having small goals throughout our journey and not making grandiose ones just once a year. Life is a journey and one in which we continually grow and change. Namaste-Anora
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 11
Hi Anora, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the last respondent made a similar comment. Life is indeed a journey where we experience different things and where there is always change. A positive view always helps. Blessings.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
2 Jan 11
A New Year's resolution is a recipe for disaster. All you are doing is setting yourself up for a fall! Forget your New Years Resolutions,get hold of yourself, and realize that you need to do better. When you set up an improvement plan for yourself you can improve gradually, whereas with a resolution its all or nothing, and will often result in Failure,which can be a blow to your dignity, and self respect.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 11
Hi barehugs, Thanks for sharing your views and you do make a good point, it's all or nothing with a resolution and most people seem to fail, often putting them in a more negative mood than before. My thinking is that since most people make resolutions anyway, starting with the idea that we can create our future is a step in the right direction. Blessings.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
2 Jan 11
Happy New Year, dear Pose. I am so happy to read this new discussion of the new year. I think that every one of us would like to have some new resolutions for the new year. Before making the new resolutions of the new year, it might be more rational for us to recall the past resolutions we made last year and figure out how well we fulfilled them. If we have already made it, it would be great, but if not, we might have them again as part of the new resolution in the new year. I have succeeded in realizing some of my resolutions ever made last year, though not all of them were made. I still have some more to make in the year of rabbit. Resolutions accompany us all of our life, which is like a ladder to the top of the sky, if I may say so. I wish you a promising and healthy new year, my dear Pose friend.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
24 Jan 11
Hi william, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and sorry for being late getting back here but I hope the new year has been good to you so far and the remaining months will be even better. Our positive thoughts will always help. Blessings.