In honor of the Chinese Year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram that began February 19, 2015, I’m dedicating the 2015 Mandala of the Year to the Goat. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the goat to explore how we can incorporate it into our own lives.
For Section 3 we look at the goat energy of tenacious.
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward.” — Amelia Earhart
This quote from Ms. Earhart defines it best. We often think of tasks or projects as being difficult, when in reality it’s the making of the decision to do it that makes it seem difficult.
Think back on some difficult tasks or projects completed in the past. What was our state of mind before doing it? Did we procrastinate? Did we come up with excuses to hold off starting? In the end, did our stall tactics actually take longer than the very task itself?
Our delays in starting projects have been more about our fears as to whether we can do something or not, or whether it will turn out okay or turn out to be a complete and utter failure, or our downright resistance to doing the task because we hate doing it for whatever reason.
Now think back to when we actually started working on the project. Once we decided to move forward with it, what happened? In most cases (maybe in all cases), it was all systems go. We went about doing what we needed to do to get the job done.
When we remain in an indecisive mode, we project ourselves as victims disguised as valid excuses. When we consciously decided to do something, we commit ourselves to it and thus empower ourselves to move forward with it. “I’m gonna do it!”
To See This In Action…
Here’s a goat who once he decides he wants to eat from that tree, he is determined to do so despite the pesky pig…and in the end he’s left to complete the task at hand.
This section of the 2015 Mandala of the Year empowers us to make a decision, once and for all, one way or another, knowing that the task is actually easier than the worrying and fretting we do about what to do.
And also know this…
We can always change our mind!
Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2015 Mandala of the Year.
The Mandala lady
Be sure to download/color the March 2015 Mandala of the Month.