Why not try a new approach to the goals you set for 2019
It is that time of year. When that feeling of new possibilities and opportunities are bursting through. Everyone is talking about new year’s resolutions. But we know there is a stigma to them. They are often set with the greatest of hopes, but soon forgotten and put in the ‘too hard’ pile. However, there is an alternative to new year’s resolutions…
Setting an intention
This has been my approach for the last few years and I have found that it works well for me.
What is an intention?
It is an overarching theme that you choose to focus on throughout the year. Instead of drilling down to a specific resolution, a broader theme is set for the year. From there, multiple activities or goals can be developed.
For example, this year my three intentions were health, writing and learning. These became my primary focus during the year. Something to be aware of regularly and inform decisions about the way I spend my time and effort. I had writing goals and knew I wanted to develop my writing skills further by practising more often. Learning was another area of focus and one of my goals became reading more books through the year to expand my knowledge of different areas of interest.
Whatever intentions you set, how you approach them can be up to you.
For example, last year my intentions were health, fun and home. I drew them on a whiteboard in my office and listed a number of activities that I would do for each.
For health I wrote different areas I wanted to focus on, such as cycling more often, going to yoga regularly and eating healthier foods.
With fun I listed things that would bring joy into my life such as holidays, camping trips and making an effort to go out for dinner during the week – mid-week dining out – to bring a different element of fun into each week.
For home I wrote down different home improvements I wanted to tackle during the year. Having the intentions displayed clearly and visibly served as a frequent reminder of the ways I was improving my life to be healthier, enjoy myself more and have a lovely home environment as my base.
An alternative to New Year’s Resolutions in 2019
For the new year I have chosen just one intention. I decided to pick one word to guide my priorities and choices for the year ahead.
My intention for 2019…
This is my one-word theme for the year that will inform other goals.
I chose this word after doing a review of 2018. I reflected on what worked well and what didn’t. All while thinking about how I want to live my life moving forward. Picking up the ultimate theme in my reflection, the word nourish came to me. It resonates with me physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Nourish (verb) to supply with what is necessary for life, health and growth.
I am looking forward to breaking this down further into areas of focus in relation to my body, mind and soul. Nourishing myself with healthy food, regular exercise, better sleep habits, activities that fill me up and inspire me to be creative and satisfied.
The word nourish gets me excited – I feel so connected to it. I have changed the screen saver on phone so the word nourish appears as a regular reminder of what is important.
There is so much that flows from the word nourish that I have decided to only pick one intention for this year, rather than three as I have done in past years.
What about you?
What intentions speak to you? Are you a one-word, two or three-word intention setter?
If this is how you decide to approach your goals for the year ahead let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear what is speaking to you for 2019.