As we embark on the New Year, many of us have made resolutions for how we want to be in 2018 and what we wish to experience.
The gym will be packed today by those resolving to be healthier by exercising daily. Unfortunately, most people do not succeed in keeping their resolutions. In fact, it has been estimated that between 80-90% of New Year’s Resolutions fail. Thus by March, the gym will be much less crowded. For more information about the difficulties of keeping your resolutions, James Clear has an excellent post on 5 Common Mistakes That Cause New Habits to Fail.
In order to make it through the tough times of adopting a new habit, it is important to have a sense of purpose. This purpose should also be in alignment with Divine Energy – God.
Why are you wanting to make this change and why do you want the things you are striving for in 2018. Simon Sinek has a great TED talk How Great Leaders Inspire Action about the power of WHY and the golden circle.
But think on an even deeper level. Why is your why, your why?
What are the hidden motivations and influences that are shaping your answers?
While each of us will have unique answers to our various questions, Albert Einstein provides guidance on the most important question for us to consider:
“I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.
“For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger walls to keep out the unfriendliness and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly and I believe that we are getting to a place where technology is powerful enough that we may either completely isolate or destroy ourselves as well in this process.
“If we decide that the universe is neither friendly nor unfriendly and that God is essentially ‘playing dice with the universe’, then we are simply victims to the random toss of the dice and our lives have no real purpose or meaning.
“But if we decide that the universe is a friendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to create tools and models for understanding that universe. Because power and safety will come through understanding its workings and its motives.”
“God does not play dice with the universe,”
Love or Fear
Our answer to Einstein’s question will she insight on whether we are acting out of fear or from love. Our response provides the framework for everything we experience.
Fortunately, this is a most important question has multiple choice answers that we can change upon reflection. So as we welcome 2018 let’s check in daily to see how we are answering the question.
When we act in alignment with our Source, the universe conspires with us to achieve our desires.