I totally believe this. Not only is it a muscle, but it’s about the momentum for me. Launching a rocket into space every single day takes so much effort and energy. But once it’s up there, daily maintenance keeps it orbiting smoothly. I actually have no idea if that is true, but it’s a metaphor I’ve used for years and it works for me.
Over the course of 30 days in December I participated in an on-line Writing Review and Renewal Challenge with Jill Jepson. Each day she gave us a prompt and some guidance to help us reflect on 2013 before creating a vision for our writing life in 2014. It was an amazing process that I highly recommend. I think she may be making the program available as an e-book in the future. I loved how she had us focus on intentions rather than goals. Goals are product, intentions are process. Goals are future, intentions are present. It just really resonated with me. I created the following list of my intentions to pin on my inspiration board to, you know, inspire me throughout the year. (I found the lovely photo on Pinterest but could not find out who to credit it to.)
How about you? Do you set goals or intentions? Do you feel there is a difference? Feel free to share them in the comments.
Take advantage of this rare new moon coinciding with the new year to send your wishes and intentions for 2014 out into the Universe. If you need some inspiration, I love these wishes from Neil Gaiman:
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.