It is that time of the year again when I get all excited setting plans for the next 12 months and dreaming how wonderful everything is going to be and how much I will accomplish. What is my goal? What makes me feel most alive, connected and successful? What do I want to experience?
I found this article a while ago that helps to stick with your resolutions by changing them into intentions. The article advices you to “imagine yourself having what you want. Use all your senses to create the imagery. What does it look like when you have it? What do you hear? How does it feel? Make the picture or impression as intense as you can. Add color, sound and movement until you get the feelings of already having it. Now that you know what it feels like to have what you want, change your resolution to an intention.”
Here’s the difference between a resolution and intention; “Resolution refers to something you have to figure out, an action you take with firm determination. Sounds like hard work. That’s not bad, but it isn’t what you most need in order to get you what you want in the long run.
An intention is a purpose held in mind, a desired goal you want to experience. It’s more than hope or a wish. It’s a steadfast fixed idea. Just thinking about having, being or doing it gives you pleasure.There’s innate power in intention.”
How do you want to FEEL in 2017?
Make a list of goals, where you want to travel, names of people who you want to spend time with, events you want to attend. Just be sure to include how those things will make you feel.
Keep this list so you can refer to it, add to it, and look at it next New Year’s Eve. You’ll be amazed at how much progress you’ll make and the life perspective this exercise gives you.
My list includes travels to Finland (maybe even twice like this past year), as well as somewhere tropical, and NYC. I want to finally meet my little goddaughter who’s going to be 1 in March, all my lovely NYC friends and spend more time with my Finns in Finland. I also want to attend more events in San Francisco and network, as well as quit my part-time job in a hotel. That’s just to get started.
Wishing you all a magical, harmonious, healthy, love-filled New Year!