Planning Goals, Planting Seeds

goalseedsJanuary offers us a time of respite from all the holiday chaos. We remove the holiday trappings, and nestle into our routines. This is the month of ‘down time’ and planning for the year ahead.

l_b9f1cd0c7ebf94af5897ee8c04105ed0In pagan traditions, you have the coming holiday of Imbloc/Imbolg, also known as Saint Brigit’s Day. Imbolc means either ‘in the belly’, referring to the sheep readying to birth lambs, or comes from Old Irish, imb-fholc, which means ‘to wash or cleanse oneself’. As in a ritual cleansing. Here you can read more about the fascinating history of this day.

What I also found interesting is the tie-in to Groundhog’s day. Some believe it comes from a Gaelic tradition..

Imbolc was believed to be when the Cailleach—the divine hag of Gaelic tradition—gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she wishes to make the winter last a good while longer, she will make sure the weather on Imbolc is bright and sunny, so she can gather plenty of firewood. Therefore, people would be relieved if Imbolc is a day of foul weather, as it means the Cailleach is asleep and winter is almost over Link

But what about seeds as goals?

Not all pagans have physical crops or gardens, and often our goals are seen symbolic of the goals we ‘plant’ for the year.

garden plannerPlan out your goals. Like a garden, it is always a good idea to plan out the goals beforehand. Goals, like seeds, need a rich environment to take root. This can take form as a better attitude, clarifying the steps needing to reach the end goal, and gathering resources such as friends and colleagues to help encourage those goals’ growth.

Weeding out what doesn’t work. Similar to gardening, your goals cannot flourish if weeds such as distraction or chaos gets in the way of what you’ve set as a goal. Remove them. Sometimes, you also need to adjust your actions to the need.

Tend to your goals. Plants can grow without help, but as any gardener will tell you, spending time to tend the garden helps it flourish and improves success. Goals are the same; you give attention to what needs to be done to reach fruition and harvest.

Learn from defeats. Life doesn’t always work out the way we want, and achieving goals can be disappointing when you don’t reach your goals. But fear not; it is not the end of the world. Consider what you can do different, and try again. Sometimes a goal (or garden) requires a longer time, richer soil, more water, less water, etc.

Goals might require more effort, or different effort, or it might take longer. You might find the goal isn’t something you wanted in the first place.

Hope this helps those out there with goals in mind, and that you find what you need.

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