I wish I could lose weight.
I want to balance my finances.
I need to get more organized.
Do these statements sound familiar? Perhaps you have uttered one or more of these, or something similar, when setting your New Year Resolutions. Maybe you have created vision boards, wrote SMART goals, set intentions, but each year find yourself continuing to struggle with finding success.
The problem with goal setting is that it seems to end at thinking about what you want. Just wishing or dreaming about what you want is not going to get you anywhere. No one is going to do it for you. YOU have to create your success. You need to put the work into it. You need to identify the steps, walk the walk. Sounds tough, right? Well, that is where the difference between wishing and achieving lies. It is in the sacrifice. It is the blood, sweat and tears that make you stronger.
Keep reading for a new look on how to set your New Year Resolutions, intentions, goals or whatever you want to call them and set yourself up for success!
Manifesting: preparing your mind, body and spirit to help you take the action to get what you want.
I am a self proclaimed brain geek. I love reading about the brain, learning about the different parts and functions of each area, the process of relaying messages throughout the entire body and the power and control this three pound organ has. The reason I share this fact about myself is that, while researching manifesting, I was sucked into the various pathways and areas of the brain this practice touches upon...likely way more than you are willing to read about here. That said, as you read on please know, there is scientific evidence that proves manifesting works.
One important takeaway from my research, and something you should be aware of, is the brain is neuroplastic. There was once the belief that at a certain age, the brain stops developing and growing new brain cells. Science has disproven both of these theories. Neuroplasticity is the scientific verbiage used to describe the brains ability to change. Yes, the brain has the ability throughout life to change, build new pathways and learn. Pathways and connections change with experience, through learning from mistakes and even through visualization. Visualizing, or going through the motions of achieving your goal or intention actually creates new neural pathways in your brain that actually increases your chance of success. This is manifesting!
Dr. Carol Dweck is well known for her work with students on Growth Mindset. Her research and findings reinforce the science behind manifestation. A growth mindset is believing you can do something. When you believe you can do something, you are more likely to take action. It increases the likelihood of learning from mistakes and becoming more resilient. Believing you can do something leads to a willingness to do the work which leads to action which results in an increase in your chance of success. I'm not very good at math but this is an equation I can get behind!
One of the most powerful tools you have to manifest and create your future is mindful meditation. In a 2018 study published in Neural Plast, evidence showed that mindful meditation can induce plasticity in the brain. Mindful Meditation is taking time to focus on and visualize the actions necessary to achieve your goal. For example, if your goal is to train for your first 5K, your daily meditation may include visualizing yourself lacing up your sneakers, running your training route and crossing the finish line to the sound of a crowd cheering you on. Repeatedly doing this, even for just 5 minutes a day, and consistently showing up for this practice creates new pathways and connections in the brain that make you more likely to head out on a training run and take the actions necessary to run that 5K! That, my friend, is the power the three pound organ between your ears has over your body, health and wellbeing!
This new year, take a new approach to your resolutions and goal setting. Don't wish or dream of a healthy, prosperous 2023, manifest it. Here are the four steps to take as you embark on this leg of your journey:
What is your 2023 goal? What actions will you take to achieve it?
Please share in the comments and then join my Facebook group Manifesting 2023. While you are at it, share this info with family and friends you feel will benefit. Together we will manifest the best 2023!
HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!
I'm Liz. Mom, wife, teacher, Health Coach. My passion lies in everything health and wellness. When new research and trends pop up, you can bet I am finding the best resources to information, weeding out the not so good and making the great easy to digest. From meal planning and recipes to exercise and mindfulness, wellness touches upon so many dimensions. Your path to optimal health is out there and I can help you find it.