Welcome to 2017 - Resolutions or Intentions?
As we start 2017, the thought of new years resolutions can often come to mind. Things like losing x amount of weight, quitting smoking, going to the gym x times per week often end up on the list. However, figures indicate that only around 8% of people actually keep and achieve them and less than 1 month after setting new years resolutions, many have have ditched them. The problem may be because people see making a resolution as a way to change their life - "If I (insert resolution) I will be happier/fitter/wealthier" etc. The goal is the sole focus and it can be based primarily on willpower and self discipline. We can also get into the trap of feeling guilty when we aren't sticking to our resolution as much as we hoped, and that can be enough to make us give up. Simply making a resolution won't change our behaviour. That takes conscious effort and changes in thinking.
Focusing on intentions can be more realistic and achievable, and bring about the changes that we seek. Wayne Dyer, author of "The Power of Intention" defines intention as “a strong purpose or aim, accompanied by a determination to produce a desired result.” Intentions are more about the journey than the end goal. The catch is that they require a shift in thinking, from the external "goal" focus, to the internal change in attitude to and of oneself. They can be broader and more holistic - nurturing oneself by eating nutritiously, moving more each day, having a healthier lifestyle, focusing on wellbeing. Our thoughts are more powerful than we can imagine and we do attract what we focus on. If there are some changes that you would like to make this year, perhaps it's worth setting some intentions. As Deepak Chopra says "Intention is the starting point of every dream".