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Intentions vs. Resolutions

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It’s check-in time! Did you set any resolutions or goals for 2020? It’s the time of year when our initial enthusiasm wanes. To avoid the cycle, consider a different approach.

This year I made a conscious decision to use the word intention instead of resolution. The word resolution felt narrow-focused, finite and a bit negative. In past years, I would have set resolutions like go to yoga 4 times per week, stop snacking after 8 pm and stop working every night by 6 pm.

I must confess, I would start off strong. I would crush it for the first 2 or 3 weeks and then things would start to slip. And before I knew it, I was right back into my old patterns. Sound familiar?

This year, I decided to approach it differently. In order for positive change to maintain forward movement and momentum for an entire year, the words, thoughts and actions I use must be inspirational, uplifting and powerful. The word intention gives me a much broader context and allows me to think about the shifts I want to make in my life as a multi-faceted combination of things I can do to achieve a positive outcome. It has more energy to propel me forward and get me where I want to go.

So, my 3 intentions this year are as follows:

Incorporate personal wellness into my life — I want to make time to go to yoga and take walks — not strolls, but heart-pumping walks. I want to feed my body in a healthier way. I want to learn self-compassion and how to be fully present.

Identify recurring patterns of behavior — Everyone has behavioral patterns, some of which serve us well while others … not so much. I want to unplug from the unproductive patterns I’ve identified and learn to plug into the new patterns that will help me achieve my goals and live into my dream.

Deepen my personal relationships — I want to be deeply connected to myself first and foremost. I want the ability to love myself unconditionally. I want to be in a deeply satisfying romantic relationship.

So, now the question is… how is it going? Well, I have incorporated planning into my routine. Planning allows me to be intentional about the yoga “meetings” and other goals that I want to accomplish. I have designed a supportive environment for myself by hiring someone to prepare healthy, vegetarian meals for me every week. I’ve been experimenting with journaling, meditation and breath-work as a way to up my personal relationship game.

Shifting to intensions helps me to view my world as a playground. Being able to try things out and play with possibilities is much more sustainable than trying to follow a single resolution.

How about you? How are the intentions you set at the beginning of the year coming to fruition? Do you need a boost or some support? If the answer is yes, let us work with you. We are here to help you shift your mindset and your behaviors so you can be the best leader, partner, parent, sibling, child, friend and person you can be!

See you on the playground.

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