We are leaving January and moving into Imbolc/the beginning of February. Spring, believe it or not, is on its way. Beneath the frozen surface, things are stirring, driven by the demands of life.
It’s a good time to see how all those resolutions/words/phrases for 2014 are going.
How ARE they going?
Yesterday I gave myself space to image the coming year – images speak to the subconscious. I did find the conscious kept wanting to sit and makes lists, or at least capture a few ideas in writing. It’s always good to move from the abstract ideas in one’s head to the concrete reality of words on paper, but all in good time. Today images, tomorrow, words.
In my quest for images rummaging through old “O” magazines (they have the *best* words and phrases!), I came across something of help for the words. Thought I’d share in case you need a boost.
First off, let me say that a grand plan isn’t necessary. An intention, a wish, a longing – all of those can lead you in the right direction if you will listen. But you will only hear in quiet grand plan or no. Make space for quiet so you can hear!
Steps to your Grand Plan (adopted and enlarged upon from an article in the October 2011 edition of “O”)
1. Go public. Tell your grand plan to at least one person you trust. Not to judge, but to listen. That person can hear your dream with no questions – they don’t have your blocks. Let them believe for you until you can. Saying out loud is like writing it down: it forces the brain to put order to your thoughts.
2. Find support. This isn’t the first time you’ve heard this here. Having a group of folks to travel toward your dream with is mandatory. They can share your dream or you can support them as they support you: regular meetings and progress reports. Discuss the bumps. Pick each other up. Onward.
3. Don’t let anyone tell you no. One of my lessons from 2013 is “asking one time or one person is not enough. Keep asking until you get the answer you need to move forward.”
4. Rely on the kindness of strangers: use Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, RocketHub or any of the on-line ways to crowdfunding sites for your project. Believe. Let others believe. Accept grace when it comes your way (one of my wishes for myself this year: accept grace).
5. Spread the word. Networking works (another 2013 lesson). Get out and talk to people. Everywhere.
6. “Your fuel source and your reserve is wonder – curiosity and willingness to be delighted.” Practice at least ten minutes a day. And then say thank you, thank you, thank you to yourself, to the Universe, to whomever or whatever aids you along your path (grace, friends, goddess).
7. Don’t let the turkeys get you down. Naysayers are talking more about themselves than you. Thank them for their concern and keep moving. Do not drag them along with you.
Now, go get a fortune cookie, because you just never know where grace will come from.