Do you have the same resolutions every year—They go something like this:
• Lose Weight and Get Fit
• Quit Smoking
• Learn Something New
• Eat Healthier and Diet
• Get Out of Debt and Save Money
• Spend More Time with Family
• Travel to New Places
• Be Less Stressed
• Drink Less
Courtesy of Time Magazine
As Oscar Wilde said, “New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out another.”
Yes, indeedy. How long do you last before you throw your hands up in the air, grab a cookie (or several), head to the couch to binge watch something and consider yourself a miserable failure — again!? We’ve all been there.
There’s got to be a better way. A way to accomplish goals without all the shame and beating-myself-up that seems to go hand-in-hand with “New Year resolutions.” A way to feel good about what I do get accomplished instead of beating myself up about what I don’t get done — again.
Perhaps we should think about New Year intentions.
An intention recognizes that you are good enough as you are, that your desires and wants are there to lead you to what you most need to know. Instead of coming from a place of judgment and pressure, come from a place of curiosity and meaning.
Hmmmm. Now that’s something I think I can work with. Instead of setting a resolution that is loaded with negativity & self-flagellation maybe I could set an intention that is loaded with positivity and enjoyment.
I’m thinking the distinction between a resolution and an intention is mindset. Instead of setting a resolution to fix a flaw, maybe I could have an intention to improve myself. Instead of an all-or-nothing resolution (I’m going to lose that 20 pounds this year!) how about an intention to have a healthier lifestyle?
Since I like to eat healthier food, I’m already on the path of enjoying a healthier lifestyle.
How are your New Year Resolutions going? Is it time to switch to New Year Intentions?
In my next blog post I’m going to talk about my system for implementing small activities & tasks into my day that support my New Year Intentions.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy New Year,
PS -- It's going to be incredibly cold in many parts of the US, including where I live. Stay warm.