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Resolution Challenge #5 – Sacrificing for Your Higher Good

Every goal requires sacrifice of some kind, and it's easy to forget this sometimes. Most often we tend to focus on what we stand to GAIN from the achievement of our goals, not what we stand to lose. However, failing to acknowledge and prepare for the sacrifices can set us up for a rude awakening and threaten our eventual success.

What kind of sacrifices have you made for your goals in the past? Did you give up some of your favorite television shows so you could spend more time working on your goals? Did you give up your favorite dessert when you started a new health regime?

Let's face it; sacrifices aren't fun. It usually means giving up something you enjoy, even if temporarily. But, does that always have to be true? You may be surprised to learn that with the right outlook, sacrifices can seem like a good thing.


The Remedy:

When it comes to sacrifices, only two things matter:

Willingness: Very often when you are willing to release something that is no longer serving you, it becomes a simple act. It's only when you keep clinging to something that letting it go seems really difficult.

It also helps if you keep affirming that what you stand to gain is worth the cost of what you're giving up. Rarely are these rigid concepts; more often they will change according to your perceptions.

For example, when you first set your goals and start working toward them you may believe that your sacrifices are well worth it. Your motivation is strong and you're feeling optimistic that you can overcome any temptations to slide back into old habits.

But as time goes on and you begin to miss the things that once provided a sense of comfort or pleasure, you may wonder whether you can continue making these
sacrifices. In fact, the question "Is it worth it?" is one you'll probably have to answer over and over again until you reach a point where your new habits have overridden the old.

Trust: Even more important than being willing to let go of destructive or unproductive habits is the ability to trust that the actions you take today will pay off in the future. You have to trust that the situations, people, places and things you are releasing will be replaced by even better things later.

Belief comes into this step in a big way – if you don't believe that your goals will be realized, you may have trouble trusting the bigger process of manifestation. However, you can work on this by consistently affirming your belief and your trust day by day. The more you do, the stronger your belief will grow and the easier it will be to trust.
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Re: 2012-14: Predicions, Feng Shui, Astrology, Resolutions

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Resolution Challenge #6 – Believing in Yourself and Your Abilities

Lack of belief in your own abilities is also a common reason why New Year Resolutions fail. Let's face it; if you really believed you could achieve your goal, you probably would have done it before now! (Unless your goal is brand new, of course. But most people set the same goals multiple times before they actually achieve them.)

How can you tell if you don't have a strong belief in yourself?

Probably the most telling clue is that you'll hesitate when it comes to taking risks. You may find yourself holding back on something you really want to do, or you might procrastinate on taking action steps related to your goals.

In order to achieve any goal, you first need to believe you CAN. This involves much more than hoping or wishing -- it requires an unshakable core belief in your own ability to work through challenges, stay committed and do whatever it takes to be successful.

Most importantly, the Law of Attraction will only deliver outcomes that do not conflict with your existing beliefs. If you believe you cannot achieve a specific goal, the Law of Attraction will simply make sure the outcome validates your doubt.

But how do you build belief in yourself and your abilities? Most of us are not born with this level of confidence; we have to build it little by little.


The Remedy:

There are two angles from which you can approach this challenge:

Mentally: One of the best ways to build up your belief is to keep envisioning yourself accomplishing the goal you have set. Did you know that athletes have participated in studies where they mentally "practiced" their sport over and over – and their physical performance improved as a result? It's true! Visualization is incredibly powerful, so use that tool to your advantage.

You may also find it helpful to recite some powerful affirmations like these:

"I can do this, I know I can."
"I'm willing to believe that I can handle this challenge."
"I'm nervous, but I'm going to do it anyway."
"I grow in confidence with every step I take!"
"With enough practice, everything becomes easy."

Additionally, you may also want to take a few minutes each day to think about some previous accomplishments. What other activities did you once feel nervous about, but have since mastered? Relive those old fears and feel proud about your ability to overcome them! Remind yourself that you can do the same thing with your current goals.

Physically: Do the very thing you fear! The more you do something, the more confident you'll become with it, right? It's just like anything else in life. The first time you drove a car you were probably shaky and nervous. The first time you gave a speech you were probably standing in a puddle of sweat.

It's the old "fight or flight" response to a perceived threat – and it's completely normal! It's your mind's way of telling your body that it may be entering a dangerous situation. But if you can keep pushing through that fear, it will eventually go away because you'll condition yourself to believe that there is truly nothing to fear.
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Resolution Challenge #7 – Transforming Fear of Failure

Fear of failure is one big reason why many people can't seem to move forward in life. They constantly dream big dreams, set big goals, create big plans – only to find themselves procrastinating, holding back, or making little progress.

Worse, how does the Law of Attraction respond to fearful thoughts and feelings? It simply delivers exactly what you're focusing on, positive or negative. If you fear failure you are essentially setting yourself up for failure, or at least constant obstacles or problems that block the progress you want to make.

Even if you don't think this challenge applies to you, remember that a fear of failure isn't always obvious, either. Our minds have ways of tricking us that are very convincing.

For example, let's say you set a goal to lose weight and get into better shape for the New Year. You start out very well, sticking to your workouts and eating right. The numbers on the scale are beginning to creep downward -- when all of a sudden you find yourself in situations that are ripe with temptation. You forget to bring your nutritious lunch to work one day, visit the cafeteria and choose the most fattening meal on the menu -- then you wonder why you did that? Or you call a friend and invite him or her to dinner at a restaurant and use the outing as an excuse to eat more than you should, effectively blowing your healthy eating plan for the day.

You may not realize right away that you're sabotaging your own efforts. In fact, it's usually quite the opposite: you feel frustrated because these outer influences are interfering with your plan to lose weight! However, if you dig deeply enough and look closely at what's really going on, you'll usually find some fears lurking beneath the surface.

You may realize that your shrinking size brings up feelings of fear because you know that other people are going to start noticing, which will put more pressure on you to keep going. You may be afraid of reaching a plateau and getting stuck there – so you invent external situations that you can point to and say, "I failed because of that."

There are many possible ways for a fear of failure to make itself known, but you'll usually notice it because of an inner sense of hesitation or dread, or even a lack of self-belief like we covered previously.


The Remedy:

In order to overcome a fear of failure, you have to first understand that goal achievement is not a "one shot deal". Rarely are situations so black and white. In fact, the only way you can truly fail is if you stop trying.

You may fear slipping up with your healthy eating plan because it will mean "failure" -- but the only person who can decide whether you've failed or not is YOU. If you decide that one slip is not a big deal and get right back on plan, have you failed? Of course not.

The concept of "failure" is based solely on your own perceptions. If you refuse to buy into a rigid concept of failure and success and instead just take the process one day at a time – one moment at a time – you can't fail. You will simply keep making positive choices and enjoying the progress that comes along with them.

It's also important to keep reminding yourself that the Law of Attraction will deliver exactly what you focus on and believe. So, make it your mission to focus on success! Focus on believing that you can accomplish anything you desire. Focus on how great you will feel when your goal has been manifested in full living color.
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Re: 2012-14: Predicions, Feng Shui, Astrology, Resolutions

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Resolution Challenge #8 – Transforming Fear of Success

Closely related to the fear of failure is the fear of success. It may seem that these two challenges are complete opposites, but they are more similar than you may think. Both of them involve one common belief: that you won't be able to handle the consequences of the outcome.

A fear of failure raises worries about the consequences of not achieving your goal, while a fear of success raises worries about the consequences of succeeding at your goal. In both cases, you doubt your ability to handle the results.

Using the same weight loss example from above, a fear of success may cause you to worry that your friends and family will treat you differently if you lose weight. Or you may wonder how you'll ever be able to have a good time at parties if you can't enjoy your favorite foods – after all, a "skinny" person doesn't pig out on junk food.

You may worry about the expense of buying a new wardrobe to fit your smaller size - or any number of other fears related to the outcome of your goal.

Once again, you are operating under the assumption that you won't be able to handle such a possibility, or that it would be somehow "bad" if it happened – and the Law of Attraction will simply deliver an outcome that matches your fearful feelings.


The Remedy:

Overcoming this fear is simple if you come up with some coping strategies ahead of time. Start by making a list of your specific fears, along with things you could do to cope with them if they happened.

Fear:
I won't know how to relate to men when I'm thin and attractive.

Strategy:
I would relate to them exactly as I do now, but I could also work more on building my self-confidence to deal with unwanted advances, etc.

Fear:
I really can't afford to buy a new wardrobe right now; maybe I should hold off on this goal until spring.

Strategy:
I won't need smaller sizes immediately. Between now and then I can set aside the money I used to spend on junk food, cut back in other areas, and even check out some consignment or thrift shops – they always have great deals on clothing. The universe will provide everything I need; I do believe that.

Whatever your specific fears are, addressing them will convince you that you CAN handle the outcome, no matter what it may be.

Even better, be sure to keep visualizing the strategies being easy and fun. Visualize yourself feeling confident and strong. Visualize yourself having plenty of money to cover everything you need, and so on. Then you will be focusing on solutions, not potential problems.
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Re: 2012-14: Predicions, Feng Shui, Astrology, Resolutions

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Challenge #9 – Dissolving Obstacles

It's happened to the best of us; we're moving steadily along toward our goals, feeling motivated and empowered -- when all of a sudden there's an obstacle in our path and we freeze like a deer caught in the headlights of a car! What do we do? How do we get around this? Yikes!

Unexpected obstacles are responsible for many unrealized goals, simply for one reason: the goal seeker didn't have a plan in place to deal with it, so they gave up. Preparing for obstacles is one of the most important parts of goal-setting – but few people take the time to do it. When most of us set a goal, we're optimistic and confident that we can succeed. We don't like to think about possible obstacles that may threaten our dreams.

However, not planning ahead for obstacles practically guarantees that we won't know how to handle them when they appear – and appear they usually will. This is true even when using the Law of Attraction – in fact, many of the obstacles you encounter will likely be the result of subconscious limiting beliefs that you may not even know you have.


The Remedy:

The solution to this challenge is clear: make obstacles a non-issue and they will dissolve.

Believe it or not, your own reaction to the obstacles usually determines how tenacious they are. If you get flustered, upset, or intimidated by them, you will only make them seem stronger and more intimidating. If you react with calm and positive expectation, they will usually resolve themselves -- or you will be shown solutions to move beyond them.

This nonchalant attitude does require a bit of faith and trust that the universe is working with you to manifest your dreams. Rather than seeing obstacles as roadblocks, you have to elevate your vision and choose to see them as nothing more than momentary stopping points.

If you keep focusing on the fact that there is a solution for every obstacle (even if you don't yet know what the solution is) you will call forth that solution from the universe.

Most often it happens quickly as long as you don't block it with negative thoughts and emotions!
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Re: 2012-14: Predicions, Feng Shui, Astrology, Resolutions

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Resolution Challenge #10 – Surrendering Your Need to Control

Have you ever set a goal to accomplish something where much of the outcome was out of your control? For example, let's say you set a goal to secure 10 new clients each month for your consulting business. That sounds like a fine goal, but the outcome is dependent upon the actions of other people; in this case, your clients. You can't force new clients to seek your services. You can't control whether they sign on with you or not. And if you try forcing the outcome, you're probably going to end up feeling frustrated and disappointed.

The Remedy:

A better way is to set your intention for the outcome you would like to achieve, and then let the universe help you achieve it – even if it happens in ways you didn't expect. For example, rather than intending to secure 10 new clients each month, why not decide how many active clients you would like to have 3 months from now, and then ask the universe to show you the best way to achieve it?

Keep visualizing yourself servicing the exact number of clients you wish to have. Visualize being paid by those clients and enjoying productive, beneficial business relationships with them. The more you focus on this, the more the universe is going to start sending the means to make it happen.

Either new clients will find their way to you by word of mouth or previous marketing you did; or you may suddenly receive an inspired idea to attract the attention of new clients. "Inspired actions" like these are usually unexpected and very easy to put into motion.

Even if you don't receive "inspired actions" from the universe, you can certainly start taking your own actions day by day. However, do so from a detached, calm state of mind. Your goal is not to force the outcome to happen, but to do your part in the co-creative process.

Don't worry about how everything will come together; simply do what you can and then let it go. Trust that the universe will help you in ways you couldn't have imagined and enjoy the process that unfolds before you.
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Resolution Challenge #11 – Opening to Universal Guidance

Part of releasing control of the "how" and working in partnership with the universe involves actively seeking inspired guidance each day. Most of us have a lot of mental static, scattered thoughts, doubts and worries fluttering around in our heads so that we aren't aware of our own inner wisdom - but it's always there, available for our use.

In the process of goal-setting, this wisdom can be a powerful tool for success if you remember to use it. Unfortunately, many people don't use it, and they end up struggling and floundering about and making very little progress on their goals. Or, as described in the previous challenge, they try to control the entire process and end up creating more obstacles for themselves.


The Remedy:

What if you had an advisor that knew everything about you and your life and could give you answers for every question you have ever or will ever have? Would you consult this advisor? Of course you would; who wouldn't?! Well, that advisor is your own inner wisdom and it is always there for you, always connected to universal wisdom, and can show you the easiest path to achieve all of your goals.

To tap into this wisdom, all you have to do is get very quiet and relaxed. Do your best to quiet your mind, release scattered thoughts, and then focus your attention inward. You may not feel anything in particular, except perhaps very calm. Asking questions in this calm center will usually result in answers coming back to you. They may be very soft or subtle, like a fleeting thought, a few brief words, or even a quick mental image. As simple as the answers may seem, they almost always hold a solution or opportunity that you probably didn't see on your own.

For example, with the goal of securing new clients, you might ask your inner wisdom if there is anything you can do to help the goal become reality, and you might suddenly get an idea to run a special holiday offer that would entice new clients to sign on with you. Or even if an answer doesn't come to you immediately, you may recognize an opportunity a day or two later while you are going about your normal activities.

Like any skill, tuning into your inner wisdom gets easier the more you do it. Get yourself a notebook and create a daily practice of asking questions and jotting down any answers you seem to receive. Over time you will be amazed at how much insight can come to you in this way.
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Resolution Challenge #12 – Eliminating Conflicting Priorities

Another big challenge that can derail your resolutions is conflicting priorities, or even conflicting intentions. You know what you want and you probably know what you need to do to get it, but following through can sometimes be difficult. You may have demands in other areas of your life, such as family or work that prevent you from sticking to your plans. Or you may have a lot of distractions that make it hard to stay focused.

Conflicting priorities can cause such a heavy sense of defeat that you may be tempted to give up on your goals altogether. Even more importantly, feeling conflicted within only communicates that conflict to the universe, which means you keep attracting more conflict and split intentions.


The Remedy:

The good news is that there are several ways to handle inner conflict.

First, consider whether your outer distractions might actually be caused by you, and you are creating chaos without realizing it. For example, if you have a fear of success or failure related to your goals, you may find yourself agreeing to extra obligations so you can avoid working on your goals. The extra work provides a great excuse for why you failed to achieve your goals again. Or you may procrastinate to the point where everything converges at once and you need to scramble to meet deadlines at the last minute. Sometimes what seem to be outer distractions may actually be caused by inner conflict. That would be the first place to look, and resolve any fears, doubts, uncertainties or problematic issues you find.

If you discover that you're not sabotaging your efforts but still have a lot of chaos and disorder in your life, do what you can to get balanced and organized again. You may need to cancel a few unnecessary obligations so you'll have more time to work on your goals, or speak to your family members and ask for their support and cooperation. Remember also that the calmer and more centered you feel, the more your outer circumstances will reflect that essence. Take time each day to quiet your mind, relax your body and create harmony in body, mind and spirit.

If you can't seem to find time to work on your goals, remember that "priority" means taking precedence in order of importance. That means you'll probably have to decide what's most important to you, moment to moment. Just how important is your goal? Is it more or less important than your other obligations and commitments? If your goal is truly important to you, you will do what it takes to make time for working on it – no matter how much juggling or eliminating unnecessary obligations you may have to do.

No matter the causes of your inner and outer conflicts, you will find that they can be easily resolved if you focus on the solutions rather than getting upset about the challenges.
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Resolution Challenge #13 – Strengthening Your Commitment

This challenge goes hand in hand with prioritizing because if you are not truly committed to your goal, you simply won't make it a priority in your life. When you first set a resolution, you are "resolving" to do something. That means pledging, or swearing to the fact that you will follow through. But how often do you really mean this when you set goals?

What many of us do instead is attach little addendums to our pledge, like staying committed until we lose interest or obstacles threaten our confidence. That's why getting crystal clear about what you really want (as covered in Challenge #1) is so important. You're much more likely to go the distance for something you want badly rather than a vague desire.

Still, no matter your objective, you'll need to make a firm commitment to achieving it and believe that you will achieve it, no matter what. That's what commitment is; a pledge of constancy and loyalty. Believe it or not, the universe absolutely reads the "signals" of strong commitment or wishy-washy intent and delivers outcomes accordingly. But how do you get and stay committed?


The Remedy:

The number one way to strengthen your commitment is to make your goal so vitally important that quitting is simply not an option. Imagine what it would be like to have a goal that you simply couldn't give up on; a goal that you would work toward for years on end if you had to. Is your goal that important to you? If not, you've got two choices:

Make it that important: Take some time to think about the negative consequences of abandoning your goal. What would the likely outcome be? Poor health and reduced lifespan? Professional stagnation? Depression and emptiness? Are you willing to accept those outcomes? You've got to convince yourself that there is no other acceptable outcome for your goals but success.

Choose a better goal: If you can't seem to summon the level of commitment needed to achieve your goal, it's probably not as important as you'd like it to be. Take some time to think about what you really want, and set a goal that WILL be vitally important; important enough to inspire a rock-solid level of commitment.

Keep affirming daily that your goals will be your reality and you will not accept anything less. Insist that they will be manifested in full physical form – and the universe will receive your signal of unwavering faith and deliver exactly what you intend to see.
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Resolution Challenge #14 – Devoting Time and Energy

Closely related to commitment is willpower – or what could be called "strength of will". Willpower could accurately be described as the unyielding determination to follow through with an intention.

This is a little different than being committed to a goal. Willpower focuses more on the moment to moment decisions we make in relation to our intentions. Let's face it; you can set all the intentions you want but if you don't have the willpower to stick to them you won't get far.

Most of us have strong willpower until it's tested by temptation or challenges. We'll be sticking to a new healthy eating plan, feeling fine – until a coworker brings in a box of donuts, or until the scale stops being cooperative. We're committed to working on our goals every day – until we decide we're not seeing results as quickly as we'd like.

In order to achieve a goal and manifest the outcome you want, you need to work on it daily. Not just physically, although physical action is part of it. But I mean also mentally and energetically - building up the energy, intention, and inner vision in addition to taking action.

If you don't do that, you won't be putting forth enough focus to make the goal reality.


The Remedy:

How do you strengthen your willpower so that you will put forth the time and effort to keep working on your goals? The best way I've found is simply to create a daily practice. Set an intention to work on it consistently and stick to that intention like glue. You could start with smaller intentions if you feel overwhelmed by bigger ones; for example, set an intention to avoid eating sugar for just one day, or an intention to work on your goals for just 10 minutes each day.

The most important thing is to not give up when you slip. If you give in to temptation once, simply strengthen your resolve and start again. The more you do that, the stronger your willpower is going to get. It is a process, however, so don't expect yourself to display tremendous willpower right away. Just keep practicing setting intentions and following through with them and before long it will get easier to dismiss any temptations that come your way.

You can also use the power of visualization to strengthen your willpower. Visualize yourself easily being able to ignore temptations; or eagerly spending time working on your goals each day. The more you focus on being committed and empowered about your goals, the more you will find yourself displaying that strength and focus when you really need it.
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