It’s that time of year again when people are fixated on New Year’s resolutions. You probably fall into one of two groups of people. The first group declares one or more resolutions, often the same ones they have been making for decades, and then they intensely pursue these changes for a month or so. The other group adamantly declares resolutions don’t work and so they don’t make any. They also don’t make any changes in their lives either.
Oh sure..there is another group of people who set goals for the year and then actually achieve them but it’s very small. Less than 20% of people actually stick with their goals.
What’s curious is that more than 75% of people would like to make changes in their lives. The top resolutions for 2014 according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology include:
- lose weight
- get organized
- spend less, save more
- enjoy life to the fullest
- stay fit and healthy
- quit smoking
- help others in their dreams
- fall in love
- spend more time with family
Maybe you would like to do one or more of these things but something just seems to get in the way. I think the biggest thing that gets in our way is we make it way too complicated. That’s one of the reasons to not make a New Year’s resolution.
This year why not try something simpler?
Every morning when you wake up, before you put your feet on the floor, set an intention for the day. Just one. Something you would like to do better or practice more. You might set an intention to treat yourself well. That could result in you making good food choices and going for a walk. Or you might set an intention to live within your means. That means you will pass on buying another pair of jeans that you want but don’t really need.
Shifting your focus to a daily intention helps to keep it simple. Every day becomes a fresh start. Today is the only day you have any way. There’s no point in regretting yesterday’s choices or worry about the ones you might make tomorrow. Choose wisely with conscious intention today and you will see the changes you want.
Take a minute to post a comment and share what intentions do you want to set for this year.