How to thrive in 2019 : set intentions instead of resolutions
Each year we are encouraged by society and tradition to set our New Year’s resolutions. It’s a time that is supposed to be filled with new hope of making things different in the coming year. However, if you are like most people you aren’t a fan of setting resolutions. In theory it is a good idea, albeit it leaves many people feeling like they have failed by the time February 1st rolls around. I encourage you to set intentions for 2019 instead of resolutions.
Unlike resolutions, intention setting focuses less on goals and more on the journey which leads to certain outcomes.
How to set intentions:
- Spend time in self reflection and understand your ‘why’ – your intentions will only matter to you and come to reality if its something that truly matters to you, these needs to align with who you are, take the time to understand what these are and why they are important. What do you want your life to look like and why? What would it be like if things come to be?
- Create a statement of your intention – by writing a statement around your intentions will help you focus throughout the year, your thoughts hold a lot of power over what outcomes you will experience;
- Release your self doubts and negative beliefs – Again, your thoughts are all powerful, work on releasing any doubt or negative thoughts about your intentions. Let go of the past and remind yourself you are focusing on intentions;
- Allow your intentions to guide your plans – once you have determined your intentions, set the actions you want to take to achieve these, by using the intention as a focus allows you to keep going forward even if you have trouble realigning to the changes or action you are working on incorporating in your life. Change one behaviour at a time, behaviours develop over the course of time, therefore changing behaviour takes time;
- Get ready for 2019! Whilst 2018 might not have gone the way you wanted, remember to celebrate the successes of 2018, by doing this, goes a long way in building self confidence and spurring you on to further action. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey easier and less intimidating. Remember to ask for support – accepting help from people who care about you helps to strengthen your resilience and manage any associated stress.
Remember, the difference between success and failure is spelled as ‘intentions’!