As 2016 creeps closer many of us will begin to write out our lists of new years resolutions. For most, it’s a timeless tradition passed down through generations.
The most common resolutions are related to weight loss, eating a healthier diet, being smarter with finances, and spending time more efficiently. All are perfectly good things to focus on improving.
What’s The Best One?
Yet, there is one resolution that goes unnoticed. There is one thing you could focus on in 2016 that would make all your other goals a million times easier to reach. Do you want to know what it is?
The most important new years resolution you can make in 2016 is to live a more conscious life.
Yes, it is really that simple. Being more conscious in your everyday life choices will give you a strong foundation to accomplish literally anything you want to achieve. From your love life, to your family, to your career, or even your overall happiness, giving thought to the things that seem routine help you make decisions that get you closer to what you want.
You’re probably wondering why everyone doesn’t live consciously if it’s so easy, right?
That is because the hard part of conscious living is facing the truths uncover head on and doing something about them. Even more difficult will be learning to accept the ugliest truths for exactly what they are and finding peace in that.
Conscious Living vs Common Living
A great example is someone who makes a resolution each year to lose weight and exercise more but never manages to get in a workout.
The common man or woman would claim “I haven’t lost the weight because I am too busy to exercise.” From there, the common individual might:
- Continue to complain about their weight.
- Continue to whine about their inability to find time to exercise.
- Blame their lack of progress on other people, obligations, or their busy schedule.
- Feel with anger, shame or frustration if someone asks why they haven’t met their weight loss goals.
The conscious man or woman would claim “I haven’t lost the weight because I am too busy to exercise. I am too busy to exercise because I haven’t prioritized it in my schedule.” In that statement you see the conscious realization that it isn’t the busy schedule which prevents the exercise but the lack of prioritization. From there, the conscious individual would do one of two things:
- Accept that they are comfortable staying at their current weight because they don’t want to prioritize exercise in their schedule and make peace with their decision.
- Rearrange their schedule to make exercise a priority. This means they may have to make difficult decisions on what to remove from their schedule. Those decisions may lead to uncomfortable conversations with others regarding why their priorities have changed.
The common approach is comfortable. The conscious approach lives in truth. Knowing the truth pushes you to acceptance or action. The first brings peace and the latter brings a need to get outside your comfort zone and make change. The choice is yours every single day with every single decision you make.
How Does Resolving to Live Consciously Make a Difference?
Resolving to live consciously means you no longer accept life on auto-pilot. Your routine is no longer just a routine. You now have the power to get to the source of what you feel is holding you back from living the life you want. You now carry the ability to unveil the truths that will help you make steps to make changes for the better.
Those sometimes ugly truths may lead you to realize that it’s time to change your environment. That could mean leaving a comfortable job, a long relationship, or moving yourself or your family across the country. The truth could bring you to realize that in order to meet your resolutions you need to change your perspective. If you don’t want to do that, you can live in peace knowing that you aren’t ready to make that step.
Embrace this resolution, to live a conscious life, as your number one focus and watch your other resolutions fall into place with more ease than ever before. Your life is never going to be better than you decide to make it right now, so make a conscious decision to live out your fullest potential.