I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. Never have been, never will. We all know how they tend to go out the window come mid March. Not to mention the amount of pressure it puts on us to outperform whatever model we have created in our minds for what we should accomplish in one year.
I believe that if there are things you want to accomplish or experience in life, there are more effective ways to make them happen than making a list of resolutions at the beginning of a new year, that will end up feeling overwhelming as that year comes to a close.
What I am a big fan of is intentions. Intentions are not so much specific accomplishments, but more so ways in which you want to behave.
Think of intentions as a road map to how you want to feel, how you want to carry yourself, and how you want to see yourself in the new year. As opposed to resolutions which may feel more like a to do list.
For me, 2019 has been the year when I truly learnt first hand what it means when they say:
“You can do it all, just not all at the same time.”
I took on WAY more than I had the time or energy to do. Honestly, I said yes beyond any healthy human’s capabilities, and I paid the price through a deep burnout that I am still feeling the repercussions from.
This is why it is more important to me than any other year to set healthy positive intentions, as opposed to overwhelming resolutions.
Constructing a meaningful intention
The best way I have found to set intentions is to address each of the aspects mentioned:
- how I want to feel (feeling)
- how I want to conduct myself in order to feel that way (action)
- outward expression of that feeling – what will that look like on the outside (perception)
When yo are setting intentions, you want to make it as personalized as possible so that it will inspire you every time you read it. The more you connect to your intention, the more solidified it will become in your life.
Using the three sections from above, we will construct intentions that resonate with you.
- feeling: accomplished
- action: I will complete all my tasks as they come up, and dedicate enough time daily to my studies.
- perception: I will see myself as responsible and conscientious.
Intention: To complete all my tasks early and work smarter to meet all of my responsibilities
I will be sharing my personal intentions for 2020 through my newsletter next week, so make sure to subscribe here to receive that.
What will your intentions be in 2020. Let me know in the comments below or send me a message with them on instagram.
Be happy and present.