New Year New You.
Intentions Versus Resolutions.
With the Christmas and New Year festivities behind us for another year it’s the perfect opportunity if you haven’t already done so to sow seeds for the coming year. There is something about the words New Year resolution that conjures up meanings like decree, ruling or motion. No wonder we find it difficult to stick to them it sounds more like pain than pleasure.
Personally, and this is a favourite way of setting my own goals is to have positive intentions for the year ahead. Intentions have so much more importance to me and have meaning and purpose. Over the years I have used different tools and methods with clients for making changes and setting goals. Like anything in life there is more than one way to do something and this is only one of many. It may seem a little different if you have never used it before. But its one I believe than can assist you towards making any meaningful changes in your own life.
Firstly begin to imagine what it is you would like to do this year and make a list as you go if you need to. I find writing things down helps to give it more clarity. Then let yourself visualize what’s important from that list and focus your intention on those that have true meaning and purpose to you.
They don’t have to be life changing or change the world events and there’s no need to put pressure on yourself thinking you have to be a dynamic ‘go getter’ unless you want to of course. This is more about creating your future in small steps and could be something as simple as learning a new skill or hobby, wanting a joyful, energetic body, being grateful each day for one small thing, or accepting yourself as you are whilst making those all important often necessary changes.
Equally there is nothing wrong with wanting a new career, wanting to meet a life partner or deciding to take time out and travel. The point is to focus on what feels most important for you at this moment in time. Say for example you wanted to give up smoking or reduce your alcohol intake. By stating the intention of wanting a more joyful and energetic body then letting that into your internal sphere it has much more impact than trying to force a resolution. It’s almost like once you have set the intention you need to give it time to settle in your mind. Don’t forget that if you are going for the big change in your life it takes time and doesn’t happen overnight so be patient. By using visualization, intention and taking practical steps towards your goals you are more likely to succeed than by just having a new year’s resolution alone.
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