You might be thinking about drawing up a list of New Year’s resolutions, but this year why not try a slightly different tack and write up a list of intentions for 2016 instead?
There’s nothing wrong with the tradition of setting New Year resolutions, but they tend to get broken pretty quickly, especially as whatever we try and forbid or ban becomes even more tantalising and desirable. We can start obsessing almost immediately about what we can’t do, mustn’t have or even shouldn’t think about. But what’s the difference?
A popular New Year’s resolution is ‘I’m going to go to the gym three times a week.’ In contrast, an intention for 2016 would run along the lines of, ‘I’m going to support my health and wellbeing’.
It might seem a small shift, but actually that kind of intention acts as a navigational compass for where you want to head, and from there you can be much more creative about getting yourself in alignment with where you want to go.
If you resolve to go to the gym three times a week, for example, that gives you only one way to get it right and the strong probability that by the second cold week in January you’ll be hitting the snooze button and snuggling back down for an extra ten minutes rather than hauling yourself reluctantly out of bed to pound the running machine. But if you set an intention to support your health and wellbeing, you can put yourself in alignment a dozen times a day – every time you stand up from your desk and stretch, for example, drink a glass of water, walk rather than getting the bus, or eat fresh fruit rather than cake or catch an early night. The possibilities become endless.
The way to set an intention is very simple
It has to be in the positive
You have to be able to deliver it
What does that second bit mean? It means that you should set intentions around what you have control over. So, if your intention is to enjoy greater abundance, you put yourself in alignment when you write up your gratitude journal, put some time and commitment into acquiring a new work-related skill that might lead to a promotion or a new career, or just stop and appreciate your surroundings.
The best thing about intentions is the boundless possibilities they bring. So once you’ve decided what your intentions are, you can brainstorm how many creative ways you can align yourself with them.
When you’re done, take a beautiful pen and write it all out on a board, like this:
2012 is the year in which I’m going to enjoy greater abundance , by keep a gratitude journal, by giving back and thanking people, have fun while getting fit, buying myself a bunch of flowers or taking time out to connect to nature, experience love everyday for myself and others. See the best in all situation and trust in my journey
Then you can decorate your intention board with pictures that inspire you in whatever areas you want to focus on. Turn it into something that boosts your spirits every time you look at it. Put it in a place where you can see it every day.
You can keep adding to your list as the year goes on and you notice even more ways that you can put yourself in alignment with what you want.
So here’s to a fantastic and fabulous 2016 – and that is a wish for you and an intention of my own!
Loads of love
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