There is always something exciting about starting a brand new year. It brings with it new beginnings. A fresh start with new dreams.
I don’t know about you, but for years, I would set a New Year’s resolution. They usually revolved around taking better care of myself or my family, losing weight, exercising more, being more successful in my career or perhaps traveling more.
I wouldn’t share them with anyone because they were personal to me and honestly, I didn’t want to be held accountable when I failed. On a good year, I may stay true to my resolution for a few months, but more often than not, I would abandon them within a few brief weeks. Especially if it involved exercise! I always felt bad when I walked away from this promise to myself and eventually stopped making them altogether.
Last year I took a different approach. Rather than making a New Year’s resolution, I set a series of intentions. I intended to be kinder to and take better care of myself. I intended to complete my coaching certification and launch my coaching practice. I was surprised when I realized that not only was I achieving my dreams, but I had surpassed my expectations.
You see, by being kinder to and taking better care of myself, I have lost 60 lbs and am living a healthier life. I completed not only one, but two coaching certification programs and have launched Hale Coaching, all through the power of intention and some good old-fashioned hard work.
Resolutions or Intentions?
I am sure that you are wondering how a resolution differs from an intention or if there is a difference at all. New Year’s resolutions are declarations, firm decisions that we need to do something different in order to improve ourselves. They are often short-term and focused on a single objective and are usually framed through the lens of needing to so something better which implies that we aren’t enough, good enough, slim enough, fit enough – you get the picture.
On the other hand, an intention is about a goal, an aim, an objective. It is full of purpose, promise and is less judgemental. Intentions are powerfully empowering. Your intention might look like, “I will treat myself better this year because I deserve it”. Intentions are full of possibilities!
What intentions will you set for yourself for 2019? What do you want to achieve?
Happy New Year everyone! If you would like some help setting your intentions for 2019 or following through on your personal goals, let me know, I would be happy to help.
My 2019 wish for you…
May your troubles be
less and your blessings
be more and nothing but
through your door.