A coach’s alternative to resolutions.
First, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you found some time to relax and reconnect with YOU and, now that it’s January 2016, you may be feeling a little antsy to hammer out your resolutions for the year.
Truth be told, I don’t believe in resolutions. They’re so, well, resolute and I find that when I enter the year with a dogged, determined, my-way-or-the-highway kind of mindset, life always has another plan for me and I’m sorely disappointed.
I’m a much bigger fan of intentions. I imagine intentions like a giant umbrella that provides covering for all I’d like to see for my year. Under the umbrella there’s plenty of space to move around and, dare I say, course correct when that pesky thing called life messes with my plans.
For example, let’s say you have a new year’s resolution to lose weight. That’s a specific goal with a pointed result. And what happens if you don’t lose weight (and keep it off) during 2016? You hate yourself and decide you’re a total loser failure who can’t ever seem to get a handle on her body. No bueno!
Now let’s make that resolution an intention. Rather than deciding you must lose weight, you instead say, “I’d like to take exquisite care of myself this year”. Under the umbrella of that intention you begin to carve out an hour a day for the sole purpose of taking care of yourself. You start to meditate, journal, and hit your favorite dance class twice a week. You begin to choose exciting recipes to make and go for long walks in nature because it feels really good. At the end of the year you may or may not have lost weight but you absolutely stuck to your intention to putting yourself first and taking exquisite care.
This week, rather than laying out a whole bunch of resolutions that you may or may not stick to but will inevitably beat yourself up over, write out your intentions.
How do you want to feel this year? What do you want to experience more of in your life? If you were to choose a word to be the theme of your year, what would it be? What do you want to be reading, ingesting, sharing, watching? What kind of information do you want to be taking in and what can you leave back in 2015? What would you like to be growing towards and what have you grown out of?
Use the answers to these questions to help create your intentions and the actions that will follow.
One of my intentions for 2016 is to continue to provide you with weekly doses of real talk and deep love to inspire you to reconnect with yourself, on all types of levels.
Another is to simplify and get rid of the things that pull my attention away from the work and people I love.
That said, if you enjoy getting my weekly missives on life, love and reconnection, awesome. And if you’re finding that it’s become a distraction from what you really want to be doing, I fully support you in unsubscribing. (No hard feelings, promise.)
In the meantime know that I think you’re amazing and am thrilled for our adventures together in 2016!
P.S. If you’re having a hard time flushing out your intentions for the new year and need a trusty sounding board, I’m your girl! I have 3 open spots for Clarity Sessions this month. Clarity Sessions are a no-string attached, one-shot coaching session where we work through and gain clarity on one burning topic. I would LOVE to help you cut the crap and narrow in on what’s most important to you for the year to come. Simply email me and we’ll get you on calendar!
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