Welcome to 2019. For a lot of people the new year marks a clean start a fresh slate a new beginning. We go through the rituals of making resolutions. Resolving that this year we will be better than the year prior. All that’s changing this year because essentially I’m saying bye bye to new year resolutions.
Let me explain
I’ll admit that in the past I too have been prone to jump on the resolution band wagon. I set out with a list of things set to accomplish and then gauge my success or failure by if I accomplished them by the 31 December deadline. Did I meet my goal or did I not? Did I pass or did I fail? Often times at the end of the year I would be focused on all the things I didn’t accomplish versus focuses on what I did achieve.
See I’ve realized that I’ve been approaching this new year thing with the wrong mindset. Maybe it’s my brain or maybe it’s MG related but I feel like time is a marker of how much I haven’t accomplished. It’s a reminder that hey you’re still sick and you haven’t done the things that you said you were going to do.
Not this year
Idk about you but I’m tired of feeling down in the dumps for not meeting my goals. I needed to take the pressure and the stress away from it. After reading an article about setting intentions vs setting resolutions things seems to click for me.
Resolutions vs Intentions
Merriam Webster defines a resolution as “a firm decision to do or not to do something”. An intention on the other hand is “a thing intended; an aim or plan”. I’m setting intentions for 2019 that will be in support of my resolution but its not as finite as a traditional resolution/goal. With resolutions I found them to be hit or miss, yes or no. Intentions yield to me a more favorable less constricting element that allows for setbacks and adjustments.
This year I have but one resolution: Be Happy! I’m deciding in this moment to be happy. Every intention that I have will be set with that in mind. What will make me happy and why will it make me happy? Intentions cause for a more thorough dig into why you are setting certain milestone for yourself and help make it more of an integrative process rather than a checklist.
I’ll let you know how this goes at the end of the year. Do you want to see the exact intentions I set for myself this year? Let me know in the comments below.