2012: Predictions and Resolutions for 2013
by Curt Remington
What didn’t happen in 2012?
We’re at the end of 2012, a wonderful time to review the past year and plan for 2013. As you probably noticed, the world did not end in 2012. So what did happen on the key dates, like 12/12/12, 12/21/2012 or throughout 2012?
It appears to me that something much more subtle occurred, a shift in vibration, or an increase of light/love on the planet. If I simply went about my day, as the vast majority of the population does, I probably wouldn’t have noticed a thing. But, during meditation on those days, and actually throughout the year, I’ve noticed a more electric, tingling energy in the air, more of a sense of bliss, love for my fellow inhabitants of this planet, and more of an appreciation for the planet herself. These are the sort of effects increasing our energy vibration provides, although I have to admit, I was hoping for something more dramatic. In Matthew’s Messages, you can find a more detailed explanation of what happened on 12/21/2012.
Alas, I’ll keep moving ahead, one step at a time, which brings me to the main point of this blog, reviewing the past year and planning for the new one. Like millions of other people, near the end of each year, I review what I accomplished, then set new goals and resolutions for the coming year. Laurence J Peter once said, “if you don’t know where you’re going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” This “somewhere else” may be nowhere near where you’d like to be.
According to a University of Scranton study, forty-five percent of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions, and the rest of the population probably should. Bo Bennett, a fellow Toastmaster, displayed an excellent balance between overachieving and The Power of Now, when he said, “success is about enjoying what you have and where you are, while pursuing achievable goals.”
In reviewing my own 2012 goals, I see that I didn’t attain the celebrity meditation author/speaker status that I’d hoped to achieve. Maybe that had to do with making “achievable goals.” I did do well on the goals related to recreation, family, and enjoying life. In other words, I did a lot of hiking, kayaking, and camping. For 2013, I’ll focus more on the author/speaker stuff and try to keep my goals more achievable. How did 2012 work out for you? Did you have goals or resolutions for the year? Did you accomplish what you set out to? Here are some steps that have helped me be successful at accomplishing my goals most years.
Steps to Success at Achieving Goals and Resolutions
- Make sure your goals are attainable. If they seem almost impossible, you’re likely to give up. On the other hand, don’t aim too low, or you won’t accomplish all that you can.
- Post your goals in a prominent place, like above your desk. If you forget about your goals, you’re not likely to achieve them.
- Consider breaking goals down into monthly, or even weekly. I’ve had goals like “work out 150 this year.” This makes a lot more sense as 12 times a month or three times a week.
- Make your goals or resolutions specific, such as the above goal, rather than “exercise more.”
- Create a plan and track your progress.
Goals and Resolutions to Create for 2013
The University of Scranton study I mentioned earlier came up with a list of the most popular “Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for 2012.”
- Lose Weight
- Get Organized
- Spend Less, Save More
- Enjoy Life to the Fullest
- Stay Fit and Healthy
- Learn Something Exciting
- Quit Smoking
- Help Others in Their Dreams
- Fall in Love
- Spend More Time with Family
The list has some very logical and worthwhile resolutions, however I’d like to suggest two that aren’t on the list, that could help with every resolution that is:
- Meditate regularly, like five or seven times a week
- Get out and connect with nature
By doing these two things, you’ll be calmer, happier, think more clearly, and work more efficiently. For more information on mediation, please explore visit the meditation page of my website or check out my book, Simple Meditation: A Spiritual Connection for Transforming Your Life.