Setting intentional New Year’s resolutions
Here it is. The start of a new year. A blank page in the story of your life… What will you write?
You really are the author of your own life and you get to choose. There’s so much you could do and we’re fortunate to have so many choices available to us! But I also think this can feel overwhelming and lead us to take on too much. And when we try to achieve too much, we’re more likely to give up and not achieve anything.
This is where intentional living comes in.
Being intentional is the one key tip I would give when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, if they’re even your thing. Be intentional with the things you choose to focus on and make sure the goals you set for yourself are doable… and inspiring! Whatever you aim towards should light you up and make you feel alive!
To get clear on your intentions, try asking yourself these five questions:
What is most important to you?
How do you want to feel?
What do you want to learn?
Who do you want to become?
What contribution do you want to make?
If you can, sit somewhere quiet by yourself without distractions. There are so many ideas I could offer you, but it can be quite freeing to really let your mind wander and see what you come up with!
When I sat down recently and wrote my answers to these questions, I found it interesting to notice what I came up with. It confirmed some of what I already knew to be important to me and also brought up some ideas that I hadn’t focused on as much before.
So, you’ve written your answers? Here’s the next step… how to do something about it!
Read through your answers and notice any themes or patterns. Perhaps highlight or circle anything that jumps out at you or feels especially important to you. Then consider, what do you really want to take action on? Write down up to five things that you want to do in the coming year that will bring you closer to your answers.
Now, here’s where it’s easy to go overboard and try to do too much… and it never works! I’ve been there, maybe you have too! Instead, here are five tips for you to make sure your goals are intentional:
Break it down - work out the steps you'll take from today in order to make gradual, lasting change. You could even diarise them them so you don't forget!
Write it down - so many studies have found that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. Display them somewhere you'll see them everyday!
Create a mood board - whether you get creative and bring together pictures and words that show what you're visualising, or you go electronic and make a Pinterest board, making your goal into something you can see can be helpful.
Tell friends and family - when people know you're working towards something they'll want to see you succeed, so tell them about it!
Commit to it - take the first step, whatever that may be for you, and don't turn back. When you're taking action on something that really matters to you, it's 100% worth it!
Good luck and have fun on this next step of your journey through life!
If you’d find some support helpful along the way, get in touch with me about 1:1 coaching. As a wellbeing coach, my intention to guide and motivate you on your journey towards a happier, healthier, more fulfilled life. What better opportunity to say a great big YES to your future... you deserve it.