Setting intentions instead of resolutions

Updated: Jan 23



Journaling
Pic by Mathilde Langevin

A New Year is coming! I invite you to take this time to reflect on what you experienced this year and celebrate your successes, also is the time when we usually start setting our goals for the coming year.


When we set intentions instead of resolutions we are focusing on our end goal, on what we want to achieve not only in one year or two, is more about what we truly want in life in every possible aspect (emotional, physical, social, intellectual, professional, financial and spiritual), it requires a shift in mindset towards a more integral approach keeping in mind always why we are doing it.


Below I share some tips for a good intention setting practice:


"In order to step into the most powerful version of yourself, you need to know not just what you want, but why you want it. Start living from intention, and watch your life unfold in all the ways you want." Oprah

Below I share some tips for a good intention setting practice:


1. Identify your deepest desire


Take some time alone to visualize your dream life, What does your deepest desire look like and feel like? imagine that you have enough money to pay for all your bills and you don't have to worry about it anymore, think about what would you do with your time?, What makes you happy?, Where are you and Who is with you?; imagine yourself in a place where you feel free, comfortable, at peace and content, there are no limitations, allow yourself to dream big.


Once you define what you want, your goals and desires, write them down in your journal.


2. Define the Why behind your desires (purpose & motivation)


Woman with hands in her heart
Pic by Fa Barboza

Take what you wrote about your goals and desires and write the reason behind them, think about why you want them, this exercise will help you to find your inner purpose and motivation; your why is what will give you the strength, it will keep you motivated when difficulties arise.


Keep in mind that your anchors are your values, family and friends, and your compass is your why.


3. Define the challenges & limiting beliefs


Challenges are all those things that are keeping you away from your dream life, could be learning a new skill, making a career change, finishing something that you've already started, investing in something and so on; make a list of all the obstacles that you have identified so far and that you need to address to achieve your goals, start with the easiest ones.

It's a good practice to reflect on all the things that you've accomplished so far, journal about how far you've come, this will give a clear perspective of what is coming in your life.


Limiting beliefs are all the stories that you create in your head that are not true and limit you in some way, they are usually negative thoughts about ourselves, it is important to acknowledge them and work towards self-compassion and self-forgiveness. Believe in yourself because the power is already inside of you.


4. Design an action plan, a desire map


The next step is to create an action plan or a desire map that will guide you through your journey, it is time to manifest and create your dream life; to create an action plan, keep in mind the challenges that you've identified and start breaking a to do list of actions that will address those challenges and will keep you in your path to your end goal.


This could be an overwhelming step, I suggest you to start with small goals, maybe just make a list of what you are planning to do next month, another approach is to break down your goals by project, or maybe by an specific area that you want to work, could be emotional, physical, social, intellectual, professional, financial and spiritual; remember that planning is part of the journey and should be something that you enjoy, if you start feeling stressed or anxious, take a step back and give yourself time to relax and process what is happening.


One best practice to help you build your action plan is to create a vision board, it will help you to set your intentions in a visual and fun way, add to it images and quotes that will keep you inspired.


5. Work on changing your mindset & creating new habits


Some studies indicate that a new habit can be formed in 21 days, others indicate that takes 66 days, and some more talked about as much as 254 days until it’s fully formed; but the true is that to be successful, you have be consistent, and more than that, you have to keep a positive mindset,if you believe you can do it, you will do it, so the first step in your journey to achieve your goals begins with adopting a healthy mindset and overcoming fears and mental barriers.


This is a dynamic process of change and growth whose foundations are in your purpose and motivation. Keep in mind to practice self-forgiveness and self-acceptance and remember that life is not a race, it is a party that you should enjoy.



 

We explore more about this topic on our New Year's Wellness Intentions workshop, watch it here in case you missed it.