“A day without intention is a day wasted.” ~Richard Branson
Well, it’s that time of year again. You know what I’m talking about…resolution time (cue the horror movie music here). It’s the time when we all vow to do better and be better. Whether that means working out more, eating a healthier diet, saving money, etc…we’ve all set resolutions when the new year rolls around. Of course, the problem with this is that most of us don’t stick with them. And for this reason, I propose setting intentions instead. Let me explain.
resolution: ‘a firm decision to do or not to do something’
intention: ‘a thing intended; an aim, or plan’
You see, while we mean well with our resolutions, they often leave us feeling like failures when we don’t see them through. Resolutions offer a “my way or the highway” approach to success. If we fail, it’s all over. We may as well just give up and wait for next year to roll around so we can try again. (No pressure or anything!) Generally, we apply negative connotations to resolutions because we don’t actually want to do them. And we are so focused on the outcome that we forget about the beautiful journey of getting there. And that is where we miss out on life.
Intentions, on the other hand, give us a guide by which to meet our goals. They focus more on the progress, not the outcome. If you know me, you know that one of my favorite sayings is “progress, not perfection.” This is for a reason! We are human, people. Nobody is perfect. But we can do the best we can. And we can live our lives in a way that perfectly honors our own bodies, minds, and souls. Intentions allow us to embrace the process and to experience life in the way it was meant to be experienced.
That said, I encourage you to set some intentions. And when you do so, think of them in a ‘forever’ sense, not just for 2017. Why would we want to limit all the goodness to just one year?! Start by meditating on areas of your life that you would like to improve and then jot down steps to get yourself closer to your objective. Make them fun, small, practical, and attainable. Place sticky notes around the house to remind you of these steps. Create a vision board if that would be helpful to you. Be sure to reward yourself with each step closer. And above all, enjoy the ride.