2009’s Creative Aspirations

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Use the following guidelines for creating your 2009 List of Creative Aspirations:

1. Relax and prepare for the task at hand. Your environment is important, put on some relaxing music that makes you feel good and burn a candle or some aromatherapy oil. Or head to a café and order your favourite coffee while you journal.
2. Most people either love or hate the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. I personally hold the view that if ‘you fail to plan you plan to fail’. I do recognize however that for a lot of people their New Year’s Resolutions usually leave them paralyzed more than creatively motivated. In fact when they don’t master their resolutions again for the fifth year running they believe they have now managed to undeniable prove they are a failure.
3. It is for this reason that I call these Creative Aspirations. They are a list of ideals and dreams to aspire to during the year. By simply thinking about them and committing them to paper you are already on your way to obtaining them, so failure is just not possible.
4. Worded as statements, write 5 creative aspirations for 2009 in your journal. Include with each statement an explanation of why this is one of your aspirations for the year. This explanation will be handy during the year when you are lacking motivation and can’t remember why that aspiration was important to you.

For example: I will observe my surroundings more as I want to be more sensitive to the needs of those around me and I want to find inspiration in nature.

Now that you have finished your 2009 Aspiration List you may want to reflect on the experience of creating this list, Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:

· Were you surprised by any of the aspirations you wrote down?
· What have you gained from the experience of committing your aspirations to paper?

Remember this is a list of ideals and dreams to aspire to in 2009. Achieving them or not is not a reflection of your worth or value as a person. You are wonderful simply for being you not for what you achieve or do. This list simply creates a horizon to aim for during your journey.