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Why swap New Year’s resolutions for intention setting this year?

We all know how hard it is to keep New Year's resolutions. We make lists of things we shouldn't do and then feel like failures halfway through the year. Instead of those stringent new-year rules, why not try something a little more positive? Intention setting is about defining what you want to achieve and experience in the coming year and taking steps toward achieving them. Come on, let's find it out.

What is Intention Setting?

The intention setting focuses more on what you want from your life than on what you want to give up. With a resolution, your focus is only on the future without any direction, while with an intention, your focus is on the present. It can range from specific intentions, such as 'I intend to get promoted at work', to more subjective, inward-looking intentions like 'I intend to become more present'. So think of your intentions as clear, concise wishes for the year ahead, plus actionable steps you can take to get there.

Intention setting helps you powerfully achieve your goals. It can help you visualize and become more creative about how you want your life to be. As it is helping you look at the blank 365 days ahead and get clear about your goals.

How to set your intentions this year?

Getting a head start on setting your intentions will propel you to success, happiness, and fulfillment in 2024. Here's how you can prepare for a year full of growth and discovery.

Identify What Brings You Joy:

Imagine your life as a canvas waiting to be painted with vibrant joy hues. Take some time to think about what truly lights up your soul. Is it spending time with loved ones, pursuing a passion, or seeking new horizons? Whatever it may be, let joy be your guiding star. Put your heart into activities and experiences that bring you joy, and you will have an enjoyable year.

Make a Mantra for Yourself:

A mantra is like a magic spell that sets the tone for your journey. Think of a positive and empowering mantra that resonates with your goals and aspirations. Let your mantra remind you that you are unstoppable, embrace change with open arms, or radiate positivity every day. Watch how it transforms your mindset and attracts positivity into your life when you repeat it often.

Keep It Positive:

Positivity is the secret sauce that adds flavor to your intentions. Rather than dwelling on what you want to avoid, think about what you want to attract. Replace "I won't procrastinate" with "I am committed to consistent, focused action." When you frame your intentions positively, you'll naturally gravitate towards solutions and opportunities.

Share with a Friend:

By sharing your intentions with a friend, you not only strengthen your commitment, but also create a support system for mutual development. Choose someone who believes in your potential and inspires you. You can gain new perspectives, encouragement, and even collaborative opportunities when you discuss your goals with a friend. By working together, you can celebrate victories, overcome challenges, and make the journey more enjoyable.

Create a Vision Board:

Using a vision board, you can bring your intentions to life. Make a collection of images, quotes, and symbols that represent your dreams and goals. Create a visual representation of your aspirations by arranging them on a board or a digital platform. It serves as a daily reminder of your goals, keeping you motivated and focused.

Let it go!

Now that you've planted the seed, don't overthink it! If you're struggling to do this, try meditation or yoga to ease your mind and put you in the zone. The purpose of intention setting is to move closer to your goals each day, week, or month, but how you do it is up to you. Ultimately, expressing or writing down your intentions and reflecting on them regularly can help you stay connected to them.

You will see results when you show up for yourself consistently, and being mindful is one of the best approaches. No matter what mindfulness practice you choose, whether it's meditation, visualization, pilates, running, swimming, or even cooking, you can discover what works for you. Checking in with your intentions regularly is also possible through journaling.

So, on the contrary to cutting things out of your life, intention setting brings in the new and leads you to a more positive future.

Here's a poem to inspire you:
In the canvas of the year, intentions take flight.

A roadmap to dreams, shining bright.

No resolutions to bind, no rules to abide by,

Just joy as a compass, by your side. 

A mantra whispers, a flurry of positivity

In 365 days, let intentions set you free.

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