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3 Ways to Make a New Years Resolution That You Can Actually Stick To!

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Happy New Year!
Tis the season of fad diets, new gym memberships, and closet organizing!  Before you run out and purchase the latest juicer or sign up for Orange Theory though…here’s a few tips on how to make a New Years Resolution that you can actually commit to and feel grateful for.

1. Choose a Resolution that Really Resonates with YOU

  • What really matters to you, and only you?  Dig a little deeper this year and uncover your true desires. Our western culture focuses on external change.  Resolutions often come from a place of "I'm not good enough and this is what I need to change to live the life I want"... but Yoga brings us the concept of "Sankalpa"... a concept of transformation which comes from a place of self-love.
  • What is "Sankalpa"?  Thanks for asking... its our favorite!  In fact, its the second half of our name "MeraKalpa".... "Sankalpa" embraces the idea that all you have ever needed to achieve your greatest life, your dharma, is within you already.  All you need to do is look within.   Creating a New Years Resolution that connects to your Sankalpa is a more meaningful commitment that truly matters to you.  Choosing a New Years resolution that supports your INNER desires rather than your exterior appearance for example, will have longer lasting power and help you achieve your goal.  Here's our favorite article about How to Create Your Own Sankalpa

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2. Create a Ritual to Commit to Your Resolution

  • Rituals and ceremonies, are simply practices that mankind has used since creation to mark important events and significant experiences.  Consider creating your own ritual or practice to solidify and commit to your Resolution.
  • Here are a few of our favorite practices to set and commit to an intention or resolution:
    • Create an Affirmation for your Resolution.  Turning a resolution into an affirmation empowers you and states that you already have or are, what you seek.  Example: Resolution: “To be kinder to myself this year”….. Affirmation: “I approve of myself. I love myself deeply and fully”
    • Making a 108 Mala Necklace
      • You can choose a Mala Kit based on your resolution or intention.  For example, maybe this year you would like to feel more calm, relaxed, and at peace.  Do you struggle with anxiety or feelings of being overwhelmed?  Howlite is a stone that eases stress and anxiety.  Making your own Calm & Peace Howlite Mala can help you in set this intention.
  • Journaling - Writing down your goals and thoughts helps you get clear on what you desire.  But don’t stop there!  To truly attract the life you desire, you need to visualize yourself already living that life!  If your resolution is to exercise or practice yoga daily…write about what activities you can do daily to achieve this goal, how long will your daily activity take? How will you feel after your yoga practice each day? How will you schedule time daily to make sure you allow yourself this time to exercise daily?

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3. Set Realistic Goals

  • Set small, short, realistic goals!  Research shows that it takes 66 days to form a new habit.  Consider setting a 2-3 month goal and breaking that down into "bitesize" weekly, daily goals.
  • Track Yourself! Tracking your progress in a planner keeps on track to achieve your goals.  In our business at MeraKalpa, we love using the BestSelf Planner (P.S. this is not an ad... just our personal preference!) . This planner walks you through setting 3 Month Goals and it really helps you stay on track!
  • Reward Yourself!  Set a goal date and a reward for yourself.  How will you celebrate sticking to your resolution in 66 days from now?  

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 "What You Seek is Seeking You" - Rumi

Listen deep within to what is stirring your soul, create an intention or resolution around this spark, and let 2019 bloom into a year of manifesting your true self!  Don't worry if you didn't start right on January 1 either.... any day is the best day for setting a new path and working toward becoming the best version of you!  

What Is YOUR New Years Sankalpa?  We would love to hear about your journey!  Please comment below or drop us a line!  We are always available to help you in your journey too! 

Order Your Mala Kit Today and get started on your new journey of Self in 2019!

 


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