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Manifest Success

The state of being comfortable, healthy or happy.

By Karen Forshaw
GP Doncaster (Yorkshire & the Humber)

By Chrisssie Mowbray
Chartered Physiotherapist (Yorkshire)

With the arrival of the first of January comes expectations to set New Year’s resolutions. Common ones are to do more exercise or introduce other healthier lifestyle choices, driven largely by the excesses of the Christmas period. For healthcare professionals we may choose resolutions related to passing exams, our ongoing professional development, or an expansion of our skillset or job role.

What is a resolution?

Resolution, Noun: a firm decision to do or not to do something.

To be resolute means to be determined and purposeful.

In truth choosing a New Year’s resolution is the same as setting an intention. When we want to achieve something it is vital we first set this as our intention. When we set clear intentions and engage in positive, appropriate behaviours to move us towards our intended goal we will manifest success. If we do not set clear intentions then we are not sure where to put our attention and we will manifest chaos.

You will have all experienced this yourselves many times. When thinking about multiple things at once – multitasking, we rarely do a good job. When we are worrying about a situation that happened yesterday, we are not focussed on what is happening right now and we miss things. When we are not looking forward to something or are worried we may not do a good job, we procrastinate and set ourselves up to fail.

In all these scenarios, nothing gets done. We do not manifest our intended goal and we achieve little. It is then easy to put aside our resolutions and tell ourselves we have failed. We then use this as evidence to reinforce the common underlying negative core beliefs that we are not good enough or defective. This negative spiral can be crippling. 

www.resilientpractice.co.uk shares a large number of diverse tools and techniques to get you started.  Click the button below.

This year let us then make the effort to set clear intentions and manifest success.

Write your intention down. When setting intentions, follow the following guidelines:

  • Use positive language. It is widely understood that the unconscious mind does not register words such as no and not.
      • For example: If you are setting an intention to reduce your screen time, instead of saying “I will not spend hours on my phone” try  “I will cut my screen time down to less than one hour”
  • Keep instructions simple and sentences at a low word level. The unconscious mind processes most efficiently when given one suggestion at a time
      • For example: instead of saying “I will eat food that is healthy for me and exercise every day,”  try “I will eat healthy food every day,” followed by a second intention,  “I will exercise daily.”
  • Next ask, “Is this precisely what I want to happen?”
      • If not, go back and reword your intention.
  • Now visualise this intention as already manifested.
      • Picture it clearly. Make it vibrant. Call in all your senses. Use the picture to evoke the kind of emotion that you will feel when you have your success. Feel it fully and see it as a certainty. Keep your written intention somewhere you will see it regularly.
  • Next, compile a complete list of the actions that are required to bring this change about.
      • Plan how you will give them your full attention. How will you weave them into your day? How will you prioritise them?
  • Now you must emotionally detach from this outcome.
      • When we are emotionally attached to an outcome, we are affected by need. This is closely related to the fear of how life will be if we don’t get what we want.   The presence of fearful thoughts engages behavioural strategies that stop us from moving forward.   This contaminates our ability to visualise success and follow through with positive action.
      • When you plant seeds, you cultivate the ground, provide light, water and nutrients. You trust that these actions will manifest fruit. Digging the seeds up to see if they have germinated and are growing as they should will manifest death.

In setting a clear intention and appropriately focussing your attention there is no place for worrying or wondering if you will be successful. Continue to visualise your goal but step back from any fearful thoughts or feelings of need or longing.

If you want something, behave as if you already have it and it will be yours.

Move into 2022 with the power to manifest success.

There are many recognised benefits to practising Mindfulness.

  • Stress relief
  • Reduces BP
  • Reduces pain
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Improves overall wellbeing

There are several ways to improve your mindfulness skills. Follow the links below for in-depth articles and step-by-step tools.

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