Setting Intentions, Not Resolutions, At the Start of the New Yearby Ron Sussberg on 01/08/21
Setting a New Year's resolution has become so cliché that most people never really intend to follow through with their plans. If you're one of the few who really want to achieve a goal in 2021, you can feel more motivated when you set an intention for yourself. This makes it a special goal and encourages you to follow through with it. The following tips can help you keep that intention.
Create a Personal Mantra
Look for a phrase that you can say to yourself that will remind you of your goals. For example, if you're trying to lose weight, your mantra might be something like "I don't need that sugar" or a similar phrase. If you're trying to improve your finances, try something like asking yourself if a purchase will improve your credit score. Keeping a list of mantras can help you resist temptation in any situation.
Stop Negative Thoughts
Thinking negative thoughts seems to be a default position for most people, and, unfortunately, that can adversely impact the events in your life. When you catch yourself having a negative thought, stop the thought and replace it with something positive. If you catch yourself thinking you'll never lose the weight, stop that thought and replace it with something more hopeful. Perhaps remind yourself of the pounds you've already shed.
Create Visual Reminders
If you're trying to rebuild your credit, think of something you'll use your improved credit to buy. If you plan to buy a house or a new vehicle, cut out pictures of that item from magazines and tack them to a bulletin board, fridge door, or hang them next to your computer screen. The images will help you stay focused on your goal, which means you'll be less likely to let foolish spending ruin your progress. You can also leave notes for yourself in your office, bedroom, and bathroom. They can be inspirational quotations or simple reminders to do your best, but keep them positive.
Calling your plan an intention helps you stay dedicated to achieving your goal, and developing a strategy gives you the tools you need. It may be difficult to get started, but, if you can keep yourself motivated, you'll soon see results. As you get closer to reaching your goal, the momentum you build up will cause an adrenaline rush that will propel you faster towards your goal.