Rebecca Rosen is a spiritual medium and the author of What the Dead Have Taught Me About Living Well.
The New Year and resolutions go together like peanut butter and jelly. We begin the year with a devout willingness and dedication to stick to our resolutions so that we can achieve our goals and fulfill our heart's desires. At first it's easy; we're so over what we don't want, all we can think and talk about is what we do want—to lose ten pounds, earn more money, find a soul mate, and make the most of our gym membership.
Motivation like this works, but only for a short while. Most of us inevitably lose our sense of resolve, and in no less than three weeks. Did you know that January 17th is National Ditch Your New Year's Resolution Day? It's official, so the question becomes, why is it so hard to stick to our resolutions long enough to enjoy a successful outcome?
What Spirit has communicated to me is that when our actions to accomplish any goal are fueled by the mind, or the ego, our motivation is certain to be short lived. The mind is often unclear, clouded by past experiences, critical, fearful and influenced by other people. The mind is also impatient. It wants the quick fix, the magic pill that it "thinks" will solve our problems. When you approach any resolution in this way, you inevitably set yourself up for failure. But when you're inspired from a pure soul level, as I'll soon explain, achieving your goals and dreams becomes much easier.
Take these 5 inspirational steps to help you get on—and remain on—track to fulfill your New Year's Resolutions.