Ah, the blank canvas of a new year. Excitement thrums in the air, mingled with a touch of wistful anxiety, “What will I conquer in 2024?” Before we charge into a frenzy of resolutions, let’s pause. This first step isn’t a sprint, it’s a deep breath, a plunge into the wellspring of our desires. It’s about uncovering your North Star, the “why” behind your “how.”

Unmask the Masked Ball of Aspirations:

Think of your goals as a glamorous masked ball. There are dazzling possibilities waltzing around – writing a novel, mastering French, launching a bakery empire. But which one makes your heart skip a beat? Which whispers promises of fulfilment and purpose? Filter with intention. Ask yourself:

  • What would make me feel truly alive? Think passions, not pressures. Is it the creative fire of storytelling, the intellectual intrigue of a new language, or the joy of crafting delicious treats?
  • What legacy do I want to leave behind? Imagine your future self, looking back with a satisfied smile. Did you write a book that touched lives? Connect with a distant culture? Create a community around your culinary creations?
  • What aligns with my deepest values? Is it the freedom of expression, the pursuit of knowledge, or the act of nurturing others? Choosing a goal that resonates with your core values adds an invisible fuel tank to your journey.

Examples in Action:

  • Aspiring novelist: Not just “write a book,” but “share stories that spark empathy and understanding.”
  • French learner: Not just “speak French,” but “connect with a rich culture and unlock new perspectives.”
  • Baking enthusiast: Not just “open a bakery,” but “create a space for community and joy through the magic of homemade treats.”

Remember: Don’t let societal pressures or other people’s expectations dictate your desires. This is your North Star, let it be yours alone.

Step 1: Unearthing Your Golden Desire - Find Your "Why" Before Your "How"

Quotable Wisdom:

  • “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela.
  • “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell.

Bonus Tips:

  • Journaling: Write down your hopes, dreams, and anxieties. See what recurring themes emerge.
  • Mind Mapping: Visually connect your interests, skills, and values. Find the intersection points where passion and possibility meet.
  • Seek Inspiration: Read biographies of inspiring individuals, watch documentaries about people who followed their dreams.

With a clear “why” guiding your steps, you’ll move from a bewildered partygoer to the confident dance floor commander of your own dreams. In the next step, we’ll unlock the secrets of visualizing your success, transforming your “why” into a vibrant, tangible vision.

Stay tuned!

Prof. Dr. Prahlada N. B
10 January 2024

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