Each new year we are bombarded with the pressure of having to set New Year’s resolutions.
The usual, lose weight, get healthier, make more money usually top that list. And let’s be honest… how many of these come to fruition?
Maybe we have a really good start and by the time mid-February comes along the list that we made has slowly faded off into a distant memory. Which in most cases leaves us feeling like we have failed in some way and can’t get it together to create what we really want in our life. I prefer to encourage people to set intentions rather than resolutions.
What is an intention?
An Intention is really about the experience of what you wish to accomplish. So it really is about internal change or shifts rather than focusing solely on the external rewards.
For example, say you have the desire to lose weight. What is the reason you would like to lose weight? Is it just to look great in that new suit or dress you have had your eye on? Or does it have a more meaningful reason?
Another intentional way of looking at this would be that you want to take respect and take care of your body in order to live healthier and do the things you love to do in your life. That changes the feeling behind the reason you are seeking out to accomplish this goal.
It makes it more meaningful.
Intentions are about connecting with your true authentic self and brining about more alignment of how you live your life on the inside to match the outside world. Setting intentions rather than resolutions can help take the pressure off. It’s all about making your life better.
3 Steps to Set your New Year’s Intentions for 2020
Find your why… Self-Reflect
The best way to know what you truly want to change in your life is to take the time to find out why you want to do something. What brings you the most joy? Take a piece of paper and write down the main areas of your life or download the sheet here. Take the time to self-reflect on each area and see what your priorities and desires really are. Your intentions will always align with what you truly wish to be in the world.
Create a powerful affirmation around each Intention
An affirmation is a positive statement that helps us focus on what we wish our experience to be. It actually helps us in reprogramming our way of thinking and having a positive influence on our subconscious thoughts and will impact our habits as well. Create a small sentence for each intention you have come up with during your self-reflection time.
Some examples you might want to consider for the new year are as follows:
I choose to be happy every day of this new year
I have a great job with a great income.
This year, my dreams are coming true.
I feel healthy and full of energy.
Everything in my life is improving.
It is important that you create statements that resonate with you. And repeat them out loud or in your mind every day.
Get ready for 2020
Appreciate all the experiences you have had in 2019 and get ready to let go of the past and turn over a new leaf. Celebrate the successes from the past year, even the small ones.
Have appreciation for all that you learned.
Embrace it all and take a deep breath and get ready for a great year in 2020.