As we settle into the year and feel like the holiday festivities are now well behind us, we might feel like it’s time to pick up the pace and get into our routine.
It’s a good time to review the Annual Intention you’ve written in you Afterthought, and if you haven’t yet, then now is certainly a good time to get clear about it. It will help you create a backdrop for your day to day work and routines, and remind you of your priorities. Check out this post for support.
If you’re subscribed to my Newsletter, you’d know that the Lenormand card combination that I’ve selected for this round is the Anchor and Fox. (Sign up to my newsletter at the bottom of this page to get these in your inbox).
The Anchor represents sturdiness and is associated with consistency and discipline, and while the Fox is often associated with a tricky character, it’s also about our day to day work routines and habits. I appreciate the Fox for reminding us to be self-interested and prioritize our needs. Let’s keep these two cards in mind to help us stick with our goals.
One thing that Lenormand’s Anchor is clear about, is that wavering cannot beget positive results. To see results, we need to stick with something long enough. Another key Anchor advice is to stand our ground in the face of turbulence. In this sense, the Anchor can be like the eye of the storm. What anchors you when things become turbulent?
So to start, you’ll need to commit to a thing or two that you can implement over the coming month. If you don’t know where to start, go back to your Afterthought to get some ideas from your monthly forecasts, and use your Annual Intention to guide your priorities.
Once you’ve decided what you’re going to focus on, commit to it and don’t waver. Importantly, think about what you’ll do to stick with when distractions and other kinds of turbulence come up. Plan it out in advance so you’re prepared.
While the Fox can come across as selfish, it’s a fact of life that we can’t be everywhere, all the time, attending to everyone and everything. It just doesn’t work. Trying to do that accomplishes nothing and often leaves us burned out.
So, instead of spreading yourself too thin, listen to the Fox and practice enlightened self-interest. What does it mean you do? It means you say ‘no’ to anything (or most things) that doesn’t have a place in your plan.
Be clear about your priorities and be realistic about the limitations on your time and resources. We all have 24 hours in a day. How are you going to use your 24 hours? Write it down in your monthly Afterthought sections.
Admittedly, the Anchor can become rigid. While this is certainly helpful when you’re first anchoring yourself in the disciplines (pun intended), it can get to a point where it feels restrictive. So once you trust yourself to deliver on your daily goals and stick with your routine, you can loosen up a little. If you waver though, go back to being a little more strict.
In this combination, it’s the Fox that helps us be fluid. While remaining self-interested and aware, it navigates people and circumstances in a smooth and clever way. It’s a detached character that doesn’t getting worked up by people and circumstances. So when things get in your way, don’t get frustrated. Just remember your priorities and put everything else in perspective.