The New Year is here and resolutions are in full swing. The gyms are crowded, it’s impossible to find parking at Whole Foods, and the self help section of your local book store is loaded with people trying to discover the best version of themselves. While I support a healthy lifestyle, goal setting and self discovery, I do not support New Year’s resolutions. It is estimated that 45% of Americans set New Year’s resolutions; while only 8% will actually keep their resolutions. How can we set goals and resolutions that are manageable and realistic?
Here are a few of the most popular New Year’s resolutions...
- Lose weight, get healthy.
- Get organized.
- Spend less, save more.
- Enjoy life to the fullest.
Instead of focusing on resolutions, let’s focus on setting intentions for 2017. Now you may be thinking, what are intentions? How is this different? Isn’t that what my yoga teacher tells me to do at the beginning of class? Intentions are where dreams start in every aspect of our life. Everything you do in life begins with the intention. Setting intentions helps us to manifest our goals and desires. Where do you want to go? What do you want to see in 2017? How will your life be different this year? You must believe in your intention and constantly be aware of your intention. Here are a few common intentions: “I intend to love unconditionally” “ I intend to respond first, and then react.”, and “I intend to make my yoga and meditation practice a more important part of my life.”. Your intentions can be anything you choose. Take a moment and write 9 intentions for 2017, 3 personal, 3 for your relationship, and 3 professional intentions. I find it helpful to place these in a prominent place in your house or office, and use as daily reminders.