May I Assume…? A More Effective Strategy for Achieving Your 2020 Resolutions


                      All transformation begins with an intense, burning desire to be transformed.
The first step in the “renewing of the mind” is desire.  You must want to be
different (and intend to be before you can begin to change yourself.  Then you
must make your future dream a present fact.  You do this by assuming the
feeling of the wish fulfilled.
                     From “The Power of Awareness” by Neville Goddard

This is not just any old year; We are about to embark on the third decade of the twenty-first century, so maybe it’s time for a redux of the old, tired New Year’s Resolution.  Every year, we make out a virtual or actual laundry list of the things we feel like we need to improve or change in the new year.  But for most of us, they fizzle out by January’s end (if you want more information on why this is so, check out this article)

The verb root of resolution is to resolve:   Deciding and/or committing firmly on a course of action.  So, here is one obvious reason why so many resolutions fail.  Making a mental or physical list is not the same of entering into a pledge to make a lifestyle change or break/make old/new habits, which takes focus, commitment and knowledge of how to galvanize the subconscious mind.

All habits originate in the subconscious mind, the largest portion of the psyche, which also plays a role in wiring our neurotransmitters and influences our body chemistry (via brain and endocrine system) so that our actions and reactions are pretty much hardwired.

Most of the times our resolutions are nullified virtually upon utterance, because they are stated in words that have no power to change our actions.  They are more like things that we are a wishin’ and a hopin’ for, rather than committed to making happen.  Better habits come through consciousness of our actions and by making concentrated effort to rewire our thought patterns and neural pathways.

Neville Goddard was one of the most powerful authors and lecturers on Law of Attraction and Conscious Manifestation and was a major influence on Dr. Wayne Dyer’s magical legacy.   Neville’s work is predicated on the assumption that each-and-every-one of us carries a spark of the Divine within – what has been referred to as the I AM Presence.  This Inner Divinity is the cause-substance of all manifestations.  We can assume, because we are infinite Beings infused with Divine Creativity, that we can bring that which we most need and/or desire into our lives providing it is in alignment with Divine laws and ethics.

Knowing that you have a spark of the divine within you, it is safe to assume that you can pretty much create anything you want, providing it is not a danger to yourself or others and that it ultimately serves your growth    Neville proposed that a renewal of the mind comes through the power of assumptions; By assuming that we are what we wish to become and supercharging those assumptions with faith and imagination, we are transformed.

According to Merriam-Webster, an assumption is a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.  Resolutions are all about what we are lacking; Assumptions should be attitudes that we take to be true.  In the Old English, to assume also meant to put on or don a role or a garment.

I am personally going to start 2020 ready to take on a new role, assuming new powers and responsibilities.  Want to join me?  Here’s my plan of action:

Setting Your Assumptions for 2020

Step 1Pare down the list to ONLY 1-3 items.  Maybe pare it down to one single resolution aka assumption.  One that you can really commit to, wrap yourself around, let it incubate and incarnate from your own imagination.

Focus is required, so you want to make sure you have enough bandwith to stick with it.  You can also set a time frame, so that perhaps you start with one and plan to bring it into your reality in the first 90 days, or 120 days or half a year.  When completed, you can set a new one.

Step 2Break it down into smaller parts which will help you discover the crux of what you truly desire.

What is it that you really want when you resolve on January 1st “I will be more organized this year” for instance?  What does organization mean to you?  What is the core of what you really want?  Does being more organized mean more free time?  More freedom?  More success in your life?  A more manageable mind?

Let’s say that by becoming more organized, you can free up more time to spend on creative endeavors – Your core desire, inspired by your Indwelling Divinity  might be intuitively guiding you to a creative expression or masterpiece that can greatly shift how you perceive yourself and your sense of self-worth and accomplishment.

Step 3:  State out loud or write your Assumption.

For example:

I assume that 2020 brings me greater organization and frees up time for me to express myself creatively.  I assume both the responsibilities and gifts that come from this commitment. 

 Step 4:  Spend at least 5 minutes every day (better yet, twice a day – this can even be in the shower or before sleep) imagining yourself assuming those new responsibilities or that new role.  Get a really strong inner picture or feeling of it (or if you are more of an auditory type tell yourself the story about it.

Make it be how you want it – fill in all the details. See-feel-hear-imagine the OUTCOME, the wish fulfilled.  This strengthens the assumptions and takes the manifestation energy to a higher octave.

Most importantly, assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled. 

More from Neville:  …to assume a new concept of yourself, you possess what the rest of Nature does not possess – Imagination – the instrument by which you create your world…Imagination is the only redemptive power in the universe.

 So, in 2020 it’s time to assume your new role, your new responsibilities, your new self-image and put in play your most powerful asset – your imagination.

Happy New Year.  Happy New You.

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