Before we get swept away with overhauling our daily routines for another set of resolutions, let's try something new - something that allows us to be able to feel good about the progress we've made even if the it's a little different than we imagined.
Setting an intention this year can help you to keep yourself accountable with kindness and compassion. We've created a step-by-step guide on how to transform the top five resolutions set each year into attainable intentions.
TOP 5 RESOLUTIONS
Resolution 1: "I want to be healthier."
Health comes in many different forms. How will you feel by making healthier choices? What will it take for you to have a healthier life? What barrier do you need to overcome?
Is Your WORD: EMPOWERED?
Will you feel empowered by choosing to make healthier decisions for yourself?
Is Your WORD: DISCIPLINE?
Is the hardest part just getting out the door?
Is Your WORD: LET GO?
Mental health is an important aspect of health too! Do you need to let go of the things that no longer serve you in order to live a healthier life?
Resolution 2: "I want to practice more self-care."
It is important to slow down every now and then and reflect on what's important to you. What would self-care look like? What could you do to start a self-care routine? What has been stopping you?
Is Your WORD: PEACE?
Does self-care bring you peace and give you a moment to destress and focus on yourself?
Is Your WORD: BALANCE?
With all the roles that you're juggling, would finding a balance help you to give energy evenly to each aspect of your life?
Is Your WORD: WORTHY?
Do you need the reminder that you are worthy of love and time for yourself?
Resolution 3: "I want to explore new places."
The act of exploration is an amazing way to experience the world around us. What is the feeling you'd have while on a new adventure? How does the start to your journey look? What will help you start?
Is Your WORD: FEARLESS?
Do you want to step outside of your comfort zone and release the fear that has kept you from doing something new?
Is Your WORD: DARING?
Are you daring yourself to live life to the fullest - whether you're exploring the town you live in or a city halfway across the world?
Is Your WORD: INSPIRED?
Are you looking to be inspired by the world around you?
Resolution 4: "I want to learn something new."
As lifelong students, one of the best ways to grow is to learn. Why do you want to learn a new skill? What will you gain from new knowledge? What will remind you that it's never too late to learn a new hobby?
Is Your WORD: CREATE?
Do you love the sense of accomplishment you feel when you create something new?
Is Your WORD: DREAM?
Will learning something new lead you one step closer to a life-long dream?
Is Your WORD: START?
Do you want the reminder that today is the day to start?
Resolution 5: "I want to be smarter financially."
Spending money might give us a temporary thrill, but it can ultimately leave us wanting more. How would understanding finances help you? What would this skill give you? What can you do to set aside the time to plan?
Is Your WORD: CONFIDENCE?
Would you feel stronger and more confident if you have a better understanding of how to handle your money?
Is Your WORD: FREEDOM?
Is your ultimate goal to be debt-free or have the freedom to own your home?
Is Your WORD: PRIORITIZE?
Do you want to remind yourself to prioritize time so that you can create a plan that will help you to stay financially strong?
TURN YOUR RESOLUTIONS INTO INTENTIONS
Each new year brings the "New Year, New Me" mentality, but let's change our perspective to be a "New Year, New WORD" mentality. Take the great qualities of setting resolutions and create longevity in accomplishing all of your goals with intention. From our Importance of Intention Setting Blog:
When you set an intention instead of a resolution, you stop thinking about wanting what you do not have, and start channeling your energy toward what you want to achieve. If you happen to find yourself straying from your intention, you are less likely to feel you have failed, since you are still moving towards your ultimate goal. Instead, you can simply readjust, recommit and continue on towards that goal. As you can see, setting an intention is a gentler and often times more effective way of achieving a goal.
WHAT'S YOUR WORD?
If there is one thing we've all learned, it's that we can't predict the future. The beauty of intention setting is that we don't need to set that expectation for ourselves. Your WORD is your guide to living your next year with kindness and compassion instead of expectation and outcomes.
Studies show that understanding your why and creating a reminder can increase the success rate of achieving your goals. So, what doors of possibility will you open with your intention this year? To help you find your WORD, we invite you to take our WORD Finder quiz!