Monday, December 30, 2013


YOU NEED TO MAKE TODAY - So the 2014 is here. Believe it or not over 50% of people will make the New Year resolution and only less than 2% will actually do something about it, and less than 0.5% will actually keep it for more than 3 months. My suggestion for 2014 is to promise yourself that your financial situation will be better in 2014 than it was in 2013. It does not matter if it is in your business or private life, and here is some tips how to keep it. 
1. Commit. Whatever your goal will be for 2014 make sure that it is realistic, it will be easier to stick to it. By “Commit”, I mean write it down. All the resolutions in your head mean absolutely nothing, so write it down, taking it one-step further it is nice to share it with someone, as if nothing else you will be too ashamed to admit failure to someone else.

2. Plan. Break your goal down to “bite” size milestones. Break it down to months, weeks. This will help you seeing your goal in a very achievable scale. I hope that by then you will realize that you need to either increase your income or decrease your expenses, and yes, I know it is harsh but it works. Remember you need to do something different to have different result.
3. Measure your Results. The nice thing about having a comparison scale with 2013 is that you should have something like a bank statement from the previous year to measure your achievement against it. 
The monitoring process will give you an indication if you are on the right track or do you need to adjust, change your plan of action. Most importantly the success belongs to the 0.5% that actually have done something about it. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014, with the hope that instead of seeing the glass half empty you will fill it to the brim.

As the New Year approaches, it’s time to review decisions made last year. A lot has happened in 2013. Some things were good and some were bad, but the end of each year marks the beginning of a new one. People see a new year as a fresh start; a time to make changes and set new goals through what have come to be known as New Year's Resolutions. This article, appearing in South Africa's, points “My suggestion for 2014 is to promise yourself that your financial situation will be better in 2014 than it was in 2013”. This is correct from a materialistic point of view, but what about the spiritual side? Maybe the council about Commitment, Plan and Measure the Results can also be applied to find out if we really are determined to make real progress on our spiritual path. Our gurus have instructed that it's very important to take regular inventory of our lives. To transform our consciousness and connect to the Lord of our hearts we need guidance and shelter.  So we should eagerly aspire to take shelter under His lotus feet in surrender and then our pains will be removed and our inner necessities will surely be fulfilled not only next year, but forever. (Editor's note).

A new year is a land mark in our lives and a time for reflection on where we have been, where we are and where we want to go. It's also time to ponder on our failures and mistakes in our spiritual lives. In the path of Bhakti every occasion and everything is for the purpose of transformation. If the previous year bought sufferings in our lives we can take solace in the fact that all sufferings and punishments in this world are for our healthy rectification. Today we need to meditate on what I really want in life. ... On this day let's resolve to go, with determination, to where we really want to go in life. To achieve meaning filled success in our lives, we need strength beyond ourselves and association of sincere souls. We also need to resolve to take shelter of the holy names of God and soberly remember that today we are one year closer to death. At the same time we need to meditate on our purpose in life and that will guarantee an eternal life, beyond the temporary existence of this world.

Śrīla Radhanath Swami Mahārāja :
“'Bless'-ful New Year 2013”
Talk at Sri Radha Gopinath Temple 
Mumbai on New Years Day, 2012

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”


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