Congratulations. You’re a month along in this exciting journey. You set out to do something new, like learning archery or volunteering at a soup kitchen or enjoying life more, and something bigger happens along the way. You’ve become more aware of yourself–how you get in your own way, how you get unstuck, how you sustain momentum. And because how you do anything is how you do everything, what you’re learning applies not only to archery or becoming happier, but to everything in your life. You now know much more about how you tick, what motivates and discourages you, and what inner qualities you have available to apply to any situation. This kind of self-confidence is not the kind obtained by surface affirmations, but one hewn of the sweat of lived experience. You know you can do what you set your mind to because you have.
When we set an intention and follow through with it into action, ultimately we are involved in the grand act of conscious self-creation. Rather than being stuck with the way we are now, we can actually choose the habits of mind and qualities of soul we wish to cultivate. We can consciously choose the behaviors and skills we wish to learn, the life we wish to have, and follow through to a successful conclusion. Not perfectly, not always, because we all come with a load of baggage and life isn’t always kind or fair. But to a much greater degree than we could before because we’ve had an experience of success to draw on. In these ways, creating a new habit brings us two precious spiritual gifts: Hope, that our future will be brighter than today through the efforts we make, and faith, that we can bring into being more of what we desire in ourselves and in our lives.
What more do we need to weave a life of meaning and beauty?
Each of us has the opportunity to change and grow until our very last breath. Happy creating.
To Try: Keep on going! You now have the tools to change anything you want in your life.
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In this monthlong learning series, M.J. Ryan, author of the best-selling book This Year I Will…: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True, will take you through four steps, each lasting one week, to help you figure out what your most important intentions are and give you the tools to make each a reality. Just joining the learning series? Go here to start at the beginning. Intent.com provides content and community for who you aspire to be–personally, socially and globally.