La Pine, Oregon

Where did January go? I was getting that alarming feeling, and I suspect that I may not be the only one, that life was speeding up like a runaway train, and if I didn’t jump into the cab and take a firm hand on the controls the next 12 months were going to whizz by in an ever-accelerating blur.

And that blur might not be taking me where I wanted to go.

Mixing my metaphors horrendously, I was reminded of the saying that “A sailor with no destination never has fair winds”, meaning that if you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect the universe, Lady Luck, fortune, God, the law of attraction – whatever you want to call it – to give you a helping hand?

So I spent much of yesterday working on defining my goals for the next 12 months. A fun way to do this is to cast your mind forwards into the future, and imagine yourself in 12 months time. 21st January 2009. What will my day be like? How will I feel when I wake up? How will my body look? What good news will my emails bring? What will my workout be? What friends will I spend time with? And so on. This really opens up the scope for some blue-sky thinking without the constraints of what might be feasible. Just daydream.

Then, figure out what needs to be done, day by day, in order to get to that ideal vision. By this point I was feeling inspired and enthusiastic about this dream day, and this fuelled my determination to make it happen. So I broke it down into its elements and put them in a spreadsheet, with columns for dependencies and deadlines i.e. is there something else that needs to happen first? and when am I going to achieve this by?

Of course, some elements of my daydream are outside of my control – I definitely need a helping hand with those – but by writing them down and putting out a powerful intention that I want these things to happen, i have just improved my chances that they will indeed come to pass.

If they really DO all happen, it’s going to be a heck of a year. I’d better hang on tight to those train controls – it’s going to be quite a ride!

[photo: blue sky thinking – a photo I took last month in the Badlands of South Dakota]

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