At the start of the year, it is common to set resolutions.
And it is a healthy practice as it helps us to consider habits we like to change.
But it is important to ensure that the strategy we’re using is an effective one.
When we make resolutions we’re often looking at what’s wrong in our lives and taking actions to fix that problem.
We resolve to lose weight so we go on a diet and start hitting the gym.
We put strong pressure on ourselves and we feel guilt and shame if we fall.
For many of us, there is a sense that a resolution is all or nothing.
Intentions, however, have a much more compassionate energy because they don’t tie us to an outcome.
They simply ask that we bring awareness to our actions and make efforts to change.
When we break a resolution to diet and indulge in that second cupcake, it feels like we failed.
And sometimes that’s enough to give up on our resolution.
But when we set an intention to eat healthily we can view that second cupcake with less criticism, understanding that we’re not perfect.
With intentions, our focus is not on what we need to fix but rather we want to create.
As Socrates said:
“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.”
You can watch me talking about this topic here:
Together for a Healthy Lifestyle,
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