Planning for 2022
The past few weeks, I’ve been thinking ahead to plan my next year. I’m trying something new this time, and I’m making a month-by-month calendar with all the classes, offerings, and products I want to create for 2022. This is a relatively new experience for me, as I normally resist this kind of structure. I prefer to live spontaneously and let things come naturally. Up til now, laying out a schedule for the entire year would have been more of a hindrance than helpful.
This is a new year, and I want to grow into the kind of person that knows their plan for the next year. I want to host retreats and teach classes that I’d only be able to run in a sustainable way if I plan ahead and map out my year. In 2021 I ran into a period of burnout: while I did make huge strides in my personal growth and business, I’ve also exhausted myself. The last few weeks I’ve felt cramped for time and space, and I think it’s time to change things up.
I’m not a woo-woo kind of person, but I am aware how the universal law of manifestation works to change our experience of reality with very little conscious effort. If I set meaningful goals and establish a strong intention, then the kinds of opportunities that I want start showing up almost automatically. The secret to this synchronicity is that these “new” opportunities have been showing up all along. By setting a strong intention you actually reorganize your attention, or re-tune your awareness to a different frequency that picks up on different opportunities.
By setting a schedule for how my year will turn out, I’m tuning my consciousness to focus on the relevant information to achieve that goal. That information is out there in the universe, or in my unconscious mind – but by setting my intentions to achieve some very specific things next year, I’m bringing that information into my consciousness and empowering myself to make it happen.
A New Purpose Statement
I’ve been considering what I want to do with my time, how I want to create an impact in the world, and how I want to generate income from my work. My experience from the past several years of deep diving into personal development told me that beneath all the specific instances of work and value produced there should be an underlying purpose or reason for doing that work. I wrote a longer article about this in June 2021 titled Working In Alignment. One of my main points in that article was that if we work in alignment with our deepest sense of purpose, we can reach a level of fulfillment that goes beyond pleasure and ordinary, fleeting happiness.
I was reviewing my life purpose statement, that I revised once again sometime last year. It reads like this:
I choose to live as a conscious creator and act in service to reduce suffering and optimize happiness for all beings. I promise to help others realize their deepest sense of self, their best version, and to always choose love and compassion.
This purpose statement was deeply resonant with me last year, and it made me cry when I first wrote it down and read it back to myself. This is how I knew it was my authentic purpose. When I was reviewing my words this year, however, they struck me less powerfully. I thought it over, and seeing as I’m now trying to plan my classes and offerings for an entire year, I realized it was probably time to update my purpose statement.
How I Made the Right Purpose Statement
I started by making a quick “idea web” of values and principles that I think are important, both to myself and to those I plan to work for/with in 2022. This includes my friends and family, but also the attendees of my Monday night meditation class, and the other classes I plan to offer throughout the year. And I want everyone I work with this year to understand themselves more deeply and feel they have the power to. The values I thought were most important are:
- Awakening – having experiences that lead to greater self-awareness, higher consciousness, and transcendence.
- Empowerment – choosing to live consciously, realizing we are powerful creators of our own lives.
- Creativity – recognizing that the human mind is automatically, spontaneously creative – all we have to do is get out of the way. Our own natural mind is our greatest creative ally.
- Alignment – determining and living in congruence with one’s purpose. Not settling for living a life that is not our own.
- Compassionate Service – dedication to serving others and reducing the suffering of sentient beings everywhere
- Intelligence – working smarter, not harder. A life of abundance can flow naturally when we connect to our highest intellignence.
From there I went ahead and wrote my purpose statement for 2022. I played with this quite a bit, but when I found the right wording for this purpose statement it struck me as extremely powerful. This emotional resonance was how I knew it was the right one.
2022 Purpose Statement
I will live the life of a conscious creator in service to other people and all sentient beings. I promise to help other people grow and develop towards their higher self (their best version) with intelligence, compassion, and equanimity. I promise to safeguard the Earth and protect the only home that humans have ever known. And I promise to awaken my self and other beings to the transcendent consciousness, or awakened mind, that is completely beyond suffering.
With this purpose statement in place, the only thing left to do is to get to work!
I strongly encourage you to write your own purpose statement, and try out this powerful and simple technique for yourself. If you want some more specific instructions for creating your life purpose statement, check out “How to Discover Your Life Purpose In About 20 Minutes” by Steve Pavlina.