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The Power of Atmosphere | what I learned from my failed New Year's resolutions

Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Every year on January first, like millions around the world, I set out to create lofty goals for myself to become *that* person, finally get my sh*t together, and to create the life of my dreams. Then six months go by and my workout routine is running into the ground, my healthy eating habits have packed their bags, and I'm not waking up at five A.M. every morning to drink lemon water and read self help books anymore.

But you know what? That's A-OK. I've made peace with the fact that my goals sometimes change direction and I need to re-evaluate. Maybe I find out that I don't enjoy running and that my problem wasn't that I hated exercise but that I just needed to find a type of exercise I liked and that would be sustainable for my lifestyle.

Here's what I've learned: the real power of goal-setting isn't in having to accomplish goals the way you thought you would, but rather in the atmosphere you intentionally created around the kind of life you want to live.

Making life intentional and setting the tone for the changes you want to make-- that's the golden ticket to leveling up. We're always hearing about higher frequencies and the Law of Attraction that somehow magically erases all of your student debt and buys you a winning lottery ticket or makes the cup of coffee you're craving appear right in front of you. The trick isn't just wishing you had all that, but living as if you already have it. You gotta walk the talk and believe you're deserving of it.

This is where atmosphere comes in-- It's about creating a cozy, hospitable environment for the next-best version of yourself. You have to feel like the person you want to be so that you can begin to embody those things.

Just like spring cleaning, you're setting up your home-- yourself-- for success. You're setting an intention for the way you want to live and the kind of person you want to be. It's like telling the world, "I'm ready for this, watch me". Switching up your atmosphere can be as simple as lighting a scented candle, saying 10 things your grateful for, decorating your home, getting organized, putting on music that makes you feel good, making a plan for the changes you want to make, you name it.

Atmosphere is about making yourself feel like you can do anything, so that you have the energy to do anything, so that you will be able to do anything.

Creating atmosphere can also mean putting intention into just a moment. I do this every morning before starting work on my laptop, it goes like this: I commit to waking up at the same time every day, make myself a latte, light my favorite candle, look over my goals for the day, and finally sit down to start work. My routine makes me feel organized, focused, energized, and ready to tackle the day.

When you lay out your life with intention, doing things that future and present you will both thank you for, and building a life you're proud of-- even if you have to change your direction or goals, you'll always have a home to come back to.

- xx pia

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