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As 2011 came to a close, I noticed something rather unpleasant.

I was getting fat.

Or okay, to be more specific, my stomach is fatter than the year before and my usual pants size has become uncomfortable to wear.

So in the back of my mind, I told myself one of my resolutions for 2012 was to exercise and get rid of that fat and build a leaner stomach.

It was a very light-hearted resolution. I didn’t really focus on it much. My main concern was this blog and my writing.

But then something strange happened.

On January 1st, yesterday, I suddenly had this urge to go running, even though I haven’t gone running in over a year. I remembered my light-hearted resolution and became even more motivated.

Usually in the past, what happens is that I tell myself I have more important stuff to do or I’d be distracted by some other errand, and I wouldn’t do it. But since I’ve learned to stop thinking so much or rather watch my thinking, I saw no reason why not to go running.

So, I drove to the running track near the University of Puerto Rico and half jogged/half walked a mile (I’m extremely out of practice).

Then today, before sitting here and writing this, the urge came again. But I didn’t want to drive all the way to the track. So, without any drama, any excess thinking, I just got up, put my sneakers on, and ran down street where I live, something I would never have done in the past, being constantly worried about what others who saw me running would think and if I’d be bothersome to the drivers on the road. But none of that happened.

I was very much present minded.

Effortlessly, almost automatically, I was keeping my resolution to exercise and lose weight. I still can probably do more, but I know as my lungs get accustomed to running again, I’ll be able to do much more with less effort.

It was suddenly very obvious what Deepak Chopra meant in his work, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, about Attention and Detachment. I made the goal to lose weight, but was very detached from it. I didn’t worry about it. I barely thought about it even. But when the time came to do it, my entire attention and focus was on the action, without worry or excess thinking.

Then it became effortless, another thing Chopra mentioned in his book (though I learned it through the DVD documentary of his book).

Now I’m wondering if this could also work for all my resolutions. Writing a novel. Publishing a novel. Self-Publishing. Etc.

Can all this too become effortless without drama or worry?

I can’t wait to find out.

Have you made any resolutions for 2012? What is your experience with keeping or following through on resolutions, goals or establishing new habits?