The late Wayne Dyer said, “Our intention creates our reality.” Go create your reality — no resolutions, only intentions.
Happy New Year, Happy New You. We flip the calendar to a New Year 2018, and we begin the journey into a year of new beginnings. For some of us, the past year could not end soon enough. The negative energy in our country has left many people feeling a sense of hopelessness, but our faith is the guiding light will carry us forward to a new year of new beginnings.
Many people find comfort in making resolutions to start anew. All the pain and suffering one felt from the past year, in a sense, you get a do-over in the new year. We think about how to resolve our problems and find resolutions in the new year. I think making resolutions and announcing them to family and friends is a lot of pressure because you are held accountable if you don’t follow through. On January 1, the resolutions to lose weight or join a gym begin, and before the month is over the gym membership falls by the wayside and you begin to beat yourself up for not fulfilling the resolutions you began.
What might have started out as a highly motivated plan, you lose momentum and feel disappointed that you did not follow through with what you were going to do. So instead of making resolutions, let’s set intentions for 2018. An intention is focusing on what you want rather than what you don’t want, and setting the intentions and then taking action.
Taking action becomes a very exciting path to discovering yourself rather than feeling guilty because you did not fulfill your resolutions. Instead of making a resolution to lose weight, for example, set an intention to eat healthy and exercise more. I am sure with that intention you will lose weight because you planted the seed in your mind and like a plant, it will grow. This is not going to happen overnight, but with practice, it will happen. Make a statement that relates to your purpose and how you can bring about change, and then write it down.
Once you have your statement, you can support it with a realistic goal and take action to make them successful. To use the example of losing weight and exercising more, you commit yourself to scheduling 1 exercise a day in the morning and 1 in the evening like running, aerobics, weight training. Also adding healthy food like a salad for lunch, and then dinner with salmon and vegetable. These small steps will bring about amazing changes to your life. Bring a meditation practice into your intentions and live mindfully.
Allow self-compassion in your life. Stop beating yourself up when the plans you set do not turn out the way you wanted them to go. Make a pact with yourself to be loving and kind to yourself, and it will improve your well-being. Say “No” to things that are not meaningful to you will serve you for the greater good.
Take the time in the new year to reflect on the past year and what was right in your life, what was not, and identify areas of potential growth. Use the opportunity of the new year and discover ways of improving yourself to move forward based on the insights that you gained from looking back. You might also try implementing a vision board for 2018.
Setting intentions can help you to manifest the life you want. So stop focusing on what you did wrong in 2017 and all the things that didn’t go your way, and instead open your heart to all the possibility that exists in 2018, because they are filled with the abundance of good. The needs might not come immediately. Tune into the message that your body, mind, and spirit send you, and then honor them. Your consciousness speaks to you, and so you must take the time to slow down and listen.
Therefore, setting intentions brings you all that you hope for in the New Year and you will be a better person for it. For me in 2018, my intention is to practice a lifestyle of mindfulness which allows me to live that moment, deeply and intentionally, immersing myself in my experiences and deeply listening to myself. The things that make me happy and then doing more of those things are the intention I have set for 2018.
What are your intentions for 2018?