NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS OR INTENTIONS?

NEW YEAR’S  RESOLUTIONS  OR  INTENTIONS?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! So……did you write your New Year’s resolutions down? Do you know what habits you are going to cut cold turkey? How about your finances? How are they looking? Are you not going to eat sugar all year? Lose 20 pounds in 2 months?!

WOW, Resolutions….They can be a lot….Am I Right?!

A Resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” Resolutions are hard to maintain because they are either unrealistic, stressful, strict and/or have no real motive behind them. 

A recent article actually found that only about 10% of people who write down resolutions will keep them. 

So, what is a better solution when taking on the new year?

- FOCUSING ON INTENTIONS OVER RESOLUTIONS -

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Intention as “a determination to act in a certain way: resolve. What one intends to do or bring about.” But also as “a process or manner of healing of wounds.” 

By focusing on Intentions over resolutions you allow yourself to make a mistake along the way and then get back up and continue on your path. 

You begin to form healthy habits that are consistent and sustainable, rather than a roller coaster or car crash effect. 

Example: 

Resolution - I will not eat any sugar for 6 months.

*Eats a cookie, feels like a failure, eats multiple cookies, pattern continues for a week.

Intention - I will eat more nutrient dense foods and limit my sugar intake.

*Eats a cookie, feels satisfied, gets back to eating like normal, enjoys a popsicle three days later, gets back to eating like normal and feels content through and through. 

Resolution - I will go to the gym every single day.

*Misses a day at the gym, feels like no progress will ever be made, stops going to the gym.

Intention - I typically make it to the gym 3 times a week, so I will add an extra hour of movement to my week. (Walking, Playing Sports, Lifting, Yoga, Biking)

*Doesn’t want to go to the gym, plays sports for an hour instead, feels content, goes back to the gym the next day.

How to put this into practice?

  • Write down each intention, not resolution, and place it somewhere you will see it and remember it!
  • Allow yourself some grace. Consistency over perfection.
  • Build a solid support group where you can open up about anything and everything you are thinking and feeling.
  • I hope these tips help make this year one of your BEST years yet! If you have any suggestions for more blogs or have any questions, as always, feel free to E-mail us here!


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