As we bid farewell to one chapter and eagerly flip the calendar to a brand new year, it’s time to put on our imaginative hats, pick up our pens, brushes, vintage typewriters or whatever tools spark our creative magic, and set the stage for a dazzling year ahead.
In this post, I am diving into the heart of what makes our creative souls sing – goal-setting rituals. But fear not, I am not talking about stuffy, rigid New Year’s Resolutions that fizzle out by February. On No! This is all about infusing your aspirations with the kind of magic that turns your dreams into reality.
So, grab your favorite sketchbook or open a new document, because together, we’re about to embark on a journey of creative goal setting that’ll make your heart dance, your mind buzz with excitement, and light up your path forward.
Are you ready to sprinkle a bit of stardust on your dreams?
I have a New Year’s ritual that I have done for years. It involves going to the beach or a large body of water and then writing my problems in the sand. I learned this from Dr. Wayne Dyer who learned it from Norman Vincent Peal. The activity of writing my problems in the sand and seeing how long they stay there has worked wonders in releasing stress and worry in my life. This year, I took my ritual even further.
I’d heard of a Native American ritual called the arrow ceremony that involves 6 arrows. Three arrows are life arrows and three arrows are death arrows. The life arrows are for what you want more of in your life. The death arrows are for what you no longer want in your life.
I decided to use this ritual as part of my goal setting strategy this year. I modified it to go along with my Dreamer’s Guide to Goal-Setting .and to be eco-beach-friendly. The actual ritual involves tobacco, fire, and arrows.
Goal-Setting Rituals in the Sand
In my planner, I came up with 4 major goals for 4 zones of my life: Love, Work, Energy, and Fun. Then I came up with 4 roadblocks or obstacles to reaching those goals. I used a feather as my death arrow and I created 4 “arrows” from pencils. Before heading to the beach, I used 4 post-it notes to write my 4 major goals on and I taped them around the 4 pencils. At the beach, I wrote my 4 obstacles using my death arrow in the sand near the water’s edge and watched as the water. Then I made a circle of seashells (instead of tobacco leaves) and I inserted each of my arrows (pencils in the circle) then I stepped into the circle and walked around the circle blowing bubbles instead of a fire.
Now does this mean my goals will magically happen without me doing anything else? No, what it means is that I have set my intentions and I have recognized and released the things that may stop me from reaching my goals.
Embracing the Journey Ahead
As the bubbles danced around me, carrying with them the essence of my intentions and the liberation from obstacles, I couldn’t help but feel a profound sense of alignment with the universe. This New Year’s ritual, a symphony of traditions blended into a unique melody, marked not just a beginning but a deliberate step into a year filled with purpose.
The whispers of the waves as they gently embraced the shore served as a reminder that, much like the problems written in the sand, life is in constant flux. The Native American arrow ceremony, adapted with eco-friendly elegance, symbolized a dynamic dance between what we seek to invite into our lives and what we choose to release.
As I reflect on the seashell circle, each pencil arrow standing tall within, I’m reminded that these goal-setting rituals are not just symbolic gestures. This is a beacon, guiding me toward the four major goals that now accompany me on my journey through the realms of Love, Work, Energy, and Fun.
While I don’t expect the tides to magically turn my dreams into reality, the ritual has become a powerful catalyst for transformation. It’s a declaration of my intentions, a recognition of the roadblocks I may encounter, and a commitment to navigate them with resilience and creativity.
So, here’s to the year ahead, where the echoes of seashells and the fleeting beauty of bubbles serve as a reminder of the magic within our grasp. May this ritual continue to weave its enchantment into my days, inspiring a year filled with growth, joy, and the fulfillment of dreams. The canvas is set; let the masterpiece unfold.
How about you? What dreams are you chasing in this new year? What goal-setting rituals do you do each year? I encourage you to download the Dreamer’s Guide to Goal-Setting and get started today.