By Toni C. Eastwood • 21 January 2022 • 13:03
I’M continuing the theme from last week as we weave our way through January and the beginning of 2022.
It brings to mind one of my favourite Latin phrases, Deo volente.
It’s Latin for ‘God willing.’
The ancient Stoics told us that it’s important to have clear goals, but they suggested that we also need to qualify those goals with something along the lines of ‘if fate will have it.’
‘I will travel by ship to Athens. If fate will have it.’
‘I will do x, y, or z. If fate will have it.’
They called it the ‘reserve clause.’
I love that, a reserve clause. It’s one thing to be super clear on what we’re after and super committed to making it happen.
But (very important but!), we need to remember the fact that, ultimately, the results of our actions are always out of our hands.
What are your goals for this year, or do you have what I like to call a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) – do share them with me, I’d love to hear.
We’d be wise to remember that the patron god of philosophy was Apollo.
If you remember your Gods, Apollo was an archer. The archer does his very best to shoot the arrow straight toward its target but, once the arrow is released, he knows that the outcome is out of his control.
Same with us.
We need to focus on the process (pick a wise goal, shoot the arrow straight!) and let the outcome be what it is.
It’s similar to reaching for the stars and if we get to the moon, well that’s great.
So, Deo volente in the beginning when we share our goals with ourselves and co-creators.
And then (for me, anyway), ‘Thy will be done.’
We don’t hit the target. OK. It is what it is. Thy will be done.
It’s time to love what is.
The Stoics called this the ‘art of acquiescence.’
Whatever is, IS. As Byron Katie says, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to argue with reality. We’ll lose. Only EVERY TIME.
Accept what is. (Love it!) Get clear on the next target. Shoot straight.
Enjoy the process.
The best way to get on top and ensure you are going to make 2022 your best year yet, is to ensure you put self-care at the top of your priority list!!! I’ve made this super easy for you with my 10 Day Self-Care Challenge, my FREE E-Book, so why not join me and my team and loads of our clients for our New Year Self-Care Challenge.
I challenge you to show yourself some love to set you on track for a great time of growth and development!
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Don’t hold back another moment. You could be just one step away…
Prepare yourself to receive the good things you are after. Here’s to a successful 2022.
Stay Focused, Keep Positive and Choose to +1 in Every Moment.
Toni Eastwood OBE, MBA
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