With the holidays past us and a fresh, new year just ahead, many of us have New Year’s resolutions on our minds. While it seems the days of big, hefty resolutions are long gone — thankfully most of us have wizened up to the fact that only about 20 percent of resolutions are successful. It’s hard not to want to set some sort of goal for the new year.
After all, the transition from one year to the next — and in this year’s case, one decade to the next — provides the perfect opportunity to make some meaningful changes, but we’re not talking about the typical New Year’s resolutions to exercise more and lose weight. No, instead of setting hardline, black and white resolutions, we’re making the case for setting intentions. Whether it’s a short list of top intentions or an overarching theme word for the year ahead, setting intentions instead of resolutions could help you stick to your goals instead of giving them up in mid-January.
How? We’ve all been there — making a list of resolutions for January 1, only to throw them out the minute we slip up: We skip the gym for a day and never go back, we enjoy that hard-won and super delicious chocolate chip cookie and throw the healthy-eating resolution out the window, or realize that learning a new language is hard and stop practicing. New Year’s resolutions ask us for perfection, and in setting them, we ask ourselves for perfection. But when we slip up? It’s often all over. Instead of picking ourselves back up and dusting ourselves off, we throw out the entire resolution. Additionally, we have a tendency to set a lot of resolutions, which makes it even harder to keep them. Changing your life takes work and practice, and while the first day of a new year is a great time to start working toward those changes, there’s no guarantee they’ll actually stick. It’s up to you to make that happen.
Intentions, on the other
handoffer something different. Instead of perfection, intentions offer opportunity.
Instead of black and white, either/or (think: healthy/not-healthy, learn a language/or don’t), intentions allow us to recognize our own humanness and imperfections. Yes, we might fall off the bike as we’re attempting to learn it, but we can always get back on with the intention of improving.
Learning to give ourselves the grace of intentions takes work. It’s easy to approach the start of the year thinking, “This is it! 2020 is the year I finally do X or accomplish Y,” but with practice and mindfulness, setting intentions could be the key to actually achieving those goals by providing an open-
However you choose to approach your intentions, take some time to think deeply
#1—Resolution: Lose weight
Intention: Practice intuitive eating
Intention: Do something active every day (even if it’s just a short walk)
#3—Resolution: Be smarter with money
Intention: Be more mindful of purchases
#4—Resolution: Be less stressed
Intention: Use a meditation app to learn to slow down
#5—Resolution: Eat healthier
Intention: Cook from scratch more often
#6—Resolution: Make more friends
Intention: Nurture the relationships you have
How about you? How are you shifting your perspective for the new year? Share with us by tagging us on social at @AvocadoMattress and #AvocadoGreenMagazine
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