I just spoke to a friend who said, “You know that my year starts tomorrow (1st December), right?” What she meant is that she starts planning for the next year at the start of December. I know what she means, because I do that myself. I’m sure many of you are getting ready to start the exercise of preparing for 2021. With the experience of many years of not making resolutions, may I suggestions that for 2021 you set intentions, not resolutions.
Set Intentions Not Resolutions
An intention is an aim or a plan. A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Of the two, intention and resolution, which do you think is most probable to make you achieve anything this year?
How many times have you heard people making resolutions every start of the year? And how many of them actually achieved their goals? Fairly low percentage, I bet.
Resolutions aren’t enough to reach a dream or goal. You must intend to do it and be 100% determined in doing so. An intention is a deliberate action.
This year, if you want any change and improvement in your life, set intentions, not resolutions.
Know what you want
Before anything else, know what you want. It’s quite impossible to act on something you don’t know what in the first place. You can start your car but if you don’t know where you’re going, you can get stuck there. You can buy the most expensive machine and it will be useless if you don’t know how to use it.
Be clear, concise, and resolute in your plans. Set your mind into it and give it your all. At the end of the day, how important the goal is and how hungry you are for change will determine your effort to achieve it.
Intentions, plans or aims are more specific than resolutions. If you go to a restaurant, the service may be 5-star, but if you don’t know what to order, the waiter will not be able to give you what you need. Having a resolution that says to be fit is good, but it’s not enough. How do you intend to get fit? Eat right. Reduce meat and sugar intake and eat more veggies and fruits, dedicate at least 30 minutes of your time each day to exercise. Find an exercise that you enjoy doing. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a day. These are only a few examples of being intentional and specific about your goals.
Don’t just decide to do something, make a plan to do it. Welcome the New Year with a new mindset. Welcome the New Year with intentions. Don’t just resolve to improve your life this year. Intend to do it, and see the change for yourself.
As many regular readers know, I set intentions for myself using the Word of The Year exercise. I will have a post out soon inviting you to link up with your word for 2021.
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