2016 is coming to an end and 2017 is an opportunity to reassess and start fresh. It seems that 2016 was a rough year for many people, which means that 2017 is an opportunity to shine bright! Looking back at everything you have overcome this past year, how can you not feel like a bad ass and so ready to take on 2017.
As we all know, this “new year, new you” excitement leads us to stressfully make unattainable new year resolutions which can leave us discouraged mid-way through January. Replacing resolutions with New Year intentions will give you a new perspective on yourself. Intentions are more flexible and understanding with life’s unexpected and realistic obstacles. You can be all that you want to be in 2017 and the following years setting intentions not resolutions.
Resolution vs. Intention
Resolution is defined as "the action of solving”. This leads to the perception that something is wrong with us and we need to fix it.”
Intention is defined as "the determination to act in a certain way". This has nothing to do with seeing yourself as a problem that needs to be resolved; instead, intentions are about becoming aware of different ways that you would prefer to be in your life.
This year, instead of looking at something about yourself that you need to fix or improve, why not explore how you would prefer to feel about yourself? Making resolutions such as quitting smoking is usually shifting the focus on your real underlining intentions of being healthy and increasing your self respect.
Ultimately finding your true intentions and understanding who you really want to become may take some time but there is no more rewarding feeling than finding your true self and purpose.
Here are a few familiar resolutions you can leave behind with 2016:
“I’m going on a diet”
No one likes being on a diet, so why set yourself up for failure? Diets mean hunger, becoming hangry, and misery. Instead, make a promise to yourself to eat healthier and making cleaner eating decisions. You’ll feel healthier and see more weight loss by simply cutting out more processed and choosing more natural foods. 🥑🍖🥙🍎
“I’m going to find time to the gym everyday"
Finding time for yourself is essential, but making time to get to the gym everyday is nor always going to happen. If you can’t make the gym, take time for yoga at home. Yoga by Candice has some great yoga classes on YouTube that are great for the body and mind. 🙏
“I’m going to stop eating out”
It’s hard to make healthy decisions when you eat out, but no one will get in the way of me and a delicious taco and margarita once in a while. 🌮🍹 Am I right? So opt to eat out less often. Pack a healthy lunch a few times a week and get some good crockpot recipes for dinner.
Take some time and really think about the person you see yourself becoming and set some intentions and don’t be so hard on yourself. Bring it on 2017! 💪