“Remember today, for it is the beginning of always. Today marks the start of a brave new future filled with all your dreams can hold. Think truly to the future and make those dreams come true.” – Unknown
This is probably the umpteenth article you have read on making New Year’s resolutions and you’ve probably read or heard many times before that most people have broken their resolutions before they’re even half way into January. Maybe you’ve already broken your resolution, if you’ve made one.
I’m here to tell you that all is not lost if you do make and break your resolutions.
I stopped making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago. I recognised that they were often too unrealistic for me to stick to and actually I was just setting myself up for failure, which is definitely not a positive way to start a new year!
Instead I now set an intention for the year. This way I can work on it over the course of the year and if one day I am not in alignment with my intention, I can always realign my actions the following day. Setting an intention is like giving your year a theme based on how you want the year to pan out.
You have the power to create whatever you want in your life but you must first start with an intention.
This year I have put a slight spin on my intention. In previous years I focused on particular goals I wanted to achieve. This year however my focus in how I want to feel. I will still set goals that I want to achieve throughout the year but my intention will be concentrating on how I want to feel each day.
What intention will you set for the year ahead? What do you want to create this year?
Rather than setting a resolution to lose weight by a certain date, you could set the intention of feeling fit and healthy. Yes, you will still set milestones such as losing a certain amount of weight, but having an intention will help you to incorporate health and fitness into all areas of your life.
If you do have a day, week or even month where your intention goes out of the window or life takes over, remember every day is a new opportunity to refocus and realign your actions with your intention and how you want to feel throughout the year.
Leanne Lindsey loves inspiring, motivating and empowering women who have had enough of feeling demotivated, fed up and unfulfilled to create a career and life they love. She is a Career and Lifestyle Fulfilment Coach and author of Get A Career & Life You Love, who has experienced redundancy, a complete career change, starting a small business and as a result is enjoying what she calls “the sweetness of life”.
Through 1-1 coaching, workshops and writing, Leanne works predominantly with women who are considering a career change or craving a more fulfilled life, to identify any limiting beliefs, find inspiration, get creative, explore their options, rediscover their purpose and develop a plan for living a more meaningful life, full of happiness, joy, peace and abundance.
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