It’s New Year’s Eve, a time when many of us think about where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we’re going. This year, I urge you to commit to intentions rather than resolutions.
Intentions vs. Resolutions
Intentions, or living with intention, describes a course of action you choose as a way of life. It means living each day purposefully with your word (intention) as a guiding principle. Intentions are not tied to an outcome. Instead, they remind us to be mindful, conscious, aware, and present in each and every moment of our life.
Resolutions define a planned course of action with an end goal in mind. They focus on problems and rare is the person who can stick with goals focusing on the negative aspects of their lives. Resolutions set us up for failure, year after year.
A Subtle Difference
Resolutions are actions we take to change things on the outside. For example, a resolution might be “I want to lose 20 pounds”. Can you lose 20 pounds? Stick with a diet and exercise regimen? What happens if you achieve your goal? Without intention, the plan falls apart.
Intentions are derived from within – a desire to seek and be what is important to us. Regarding the above resolution, your intention might be “I will select only foods that are nutritious and kind to my body”. Being mindful of what we eat will ultimately cause us to lose that pesky 20 pounds. It focuses on positive aspects of behavior.
Changing the World, One Word at a Time
Laughter is infectious. Smiles are contagious. Love transcends all things. Kindess begets kindness.
It’s like yawning – if you see somebody do it, you can’t help but yawn, too. Choose your word, define what is important to you, and live with intention. Be the pebble skipping over the water and cause a ripple effect. Be the change you want to see in the world around you.