Overheard the other day that most folks give up their New Years resolutions by January 8th. True or not, in an attempt to stave off the deteriorating motivation for self-improvement, we figured it would be the perfect time to post a reminder about setting sights for this new year. However, instead of goals, let’s set creative intentions.
What are the difference between goals and intentions, you ask? Found this article that describes the difference as such: “Goals focus on a fixed outcome in the future, while intentions focus on the present and provide the guiding light to living mindfully moment-to-moment.” With that in mind, here are questions to help you set your creative intentions for 2015:
What is your biggest desire? No limitations, no constraints. Without judging yourself, if you could do anything, what would it be? Don’t worry about having the natural ability to do it or not, there’s a path to getting where you want to go.
What is you’re biggest fear? What are you most afraid to look at? Be brave enough to see what you really don’t want to see in yourself. Truly accepting that this exists will open up doors to change. In a recent interview with philosopher Peter Rollins by comedian Pete Holmes (worth a listen), Peter Rollins states, “For me you don’t start anything new, you bring up the brokeness and the darkness in what’s already existing and the new will arise”.
What patterns do you wish to change? See these patterns without defense. Accept them. And believe in your ability to change them. Remember, nothing is fixed, you can and will inevitably change. And you can choose in what direction that change occurs.
The beautiful thing is that everyone has the ability to be creative simply by the fact that we are human. The breadth of emotion and creation is all part of the human experience and therefore each person is capable of accessing it, just by the fact that they are human. Sometimes we find creativity, sometimes it comes to us, and always it flows through us.