It's a new year, 2023, and it feels like time is moving fast. People are often in a hurry to get from one place to another, even if there's not really anything happening in either place. I say that like I'm not "people"! I know from personal experience, it can be hard to find time to slow down, especially during the holidays with parties, family gatherings, and shopping. But it's important to take some time to reflect on the past and set intentions for the new year. If you weren't able to carve out the time before the end of the year, we're doing it now!
New Year's resolutions are often about declaring that something is wrong and needs to be fixed, like "go to the gym every day" or "lose 50 pounds." But this can create a negative mindset and make it hard to make progress. Instead, try setting intentions. An intention is a guiding principle or mindset that helps you make choices and take action. It's not a specific goal or outcome, but rather a direction you want to head in. For example, rather than setting a goal to "lose 10 pounds," an intention might be to "cultivate self-care practices that support my physical and emotional well-being." This intention focuses on the actions and mindset needed to achieve the goal, rather than just the outcome.
So, how do you go about setting intentions for the new year? Here are some tips:
Reflect on the past year. Really take some time to think about what worked and what didn't in the past year. What were your biggest accomplishments and challenges? What did you learn about yourself and your priorities? This reflection will help you identify areas of your life where you want to focus your energy throughout the year.
Identify your values. Your values are the guiding principles that shape your beliefs and actions - what's important to you. Take some time to think about what matters most to you and how you want to live your life. Your intentions should align with your values.
Set specific, achievable intentions. It's important to be specific and realistic when setting intentions. Rather than setting a vague intention like "be happy," try something more specific like "cultivate gratitude by writing in a gratitude journal every day." This specific intention is achievable and gives you a clear action to take.
Write down your intentions. Putting your intentions in writing helps to make them more concrete and gives you something to refer back to throughout the year. You might want to create a vision board. There the benefit of an additional vibration boost if you write them down in a journal.
Review and revise regularly. Life is unpredictable and your priorities may shift over time. We have to allow ourselves the flexibility to change when it feels right. If you experience a shift in a value but you are so married to what you wrote or said that you miss another opportunity or choose to ignore one to wait for something else, you will be spinning your wheels and end up frustrated. It's important to review and revise your intentions regularly to ensure they still align with your values and goals.
In addition to the above steps, it can be helpful to enlist the support of an accountability partner or group. Sharing your intentions with others can help to keep you motivated and on track, and having someone to share your progress with can be incredibly rewarding.
Setting intentions is a powerful way to create focus and direction in your life, and can help you make meaningful progress towards your goals. By taking the time to reflect on the past, identify your values, and set specific, achievable intentions, you can start the new year off on the right foot and and make it your best one yet.
Peace + blessings + prosperity in this new season...