New Year New Intention

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Katie Donahoo

As the new year approaches, it’s a natural time to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the year ahead. Intention setting is a powerful practice that can help you clarify your goals, focus your energy, and create positive change in your life. It’s a way to align your actions with your values and create the life you want to live.

But intention setting is more than just making resolutions or setting goals. It’s about creating a clear vision for your life and taking small, consistent steps towards realizing that vision. It’s about being mindful and present in each moment, and making choices that align with your values and goals.

Here are some steps to help you set intentions for the new year:

  1. Reflect on the past year

Before you can set intentions for the new year, it’s important to reflect on the past year. What were your successes and accomplishments? What were your challenges and setbacks? What did you learn about yourself and your life?

Taking the time to reflect on the past year can help you gain perspective, identify patterns, and learn from your experiences. It can also help you identify any areas of your life where you’d like to make changes or improvements.

  1. Set clear and specific goals

Once you’ve reflected on the past year, it’s time to set some goals for the new year. It’s important to be specific and clear when setting goals, as this will make it easier to track your progress and stay motivated.

For example, instead of setting a goal to “lose weight,” try setting a goal to “lose 10 pounds by June 1st by exercising for 30 minutes at least 3 times per week and eating a healthy, balanced diet.” This specific and measurable goal will give you a clear target to work towards, and it’s easy to track your progress along the way.

  1. Make your goals achievable

It’s important to set goals that are challenging but achievable. If your goals are too difficult, you may become discouraged and give up. On the other hand, if your goals are too easy, you may not feel motivated to work towards them.

Consider your current resources, skills, and limitations when setting your goals. Make sure your goals are realistic and achievable within the time frame you’ve set.

  1. Write down your goals and intentions

Writing down your goals and intentions can help you clarify your thoughts and make your goals feel more real and tangible. It’s also a helpful way to track your progress and stay on track.

Consider creating a vision board or journal to help you visualize and stay connected to your goals. You could also consider sharing your goals with a friend or accountability partner to help you stay motivated and accountable.

  1. Create a plan of action

Once you’ve set your goals and intentions, it’s important to create a plan of action to help you achieve them. Break your goals down into smaller, more manageable tasks, and create a timeline for completing each task.

For example, if your goal is to exercise more, you could create a weekly schedule that includes specific days and times for your workouts. You could also set specific goals for each workout, such as running a certain distance or lifting a certain amount of weight.

  1. Be flexible and adaptable

Life doesn’t always go as planned, and that’s okay. It’s important to be flexible and adaptable when working towards your goals. If something doesn’t go as you’d hoped, don’t be too hard on yourself. Instead, use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Remember, the journey towards achieving your goals is just as important as the destination. Happy New Year!