Intention Versus Resolution: How to Achieve Your Wellness Goals for 2017
Jan 01, 2017 02:58PM
By Danielle Tyson
Danielle is the owner of FilledPlate.com, an online platform geared towards busy professionals to help them achieve success by filling their plates with nutrient-dense meals and consistent activity. Coming from the corporate world, she understands the role of nutrition in fueling everyday life and is a true believer in the power of whole foods to treat and prevent disease. She is a certified personal trainer and studying to be a Nutritional Therapy Consultant.
By Danielle Tyson
Here we go again—that inspirational time of year when everyone, including the media, is capitalizing on the first of the year to change habits and behaviors. The new year seems like the perfect time to make improvements in your life due to the introduction of another number on our calendars; the January 1 aspect being a natural starting point for any new initiative.
The problem with resolutions is that they are just that–resolute, which can mean final or absolute. How many of you have heard or declared, “My New Year’s resolution is to lose 15 pounds?!” It’s great to have a goal but for many people, especially for those who have struggled with their health, that statement is so absolute that if the resolution is not attained in a timely fashion, they may throw it out the window and settle back into their normal routines and habits.
Instead, setting an intention for the new year may be a more effective alternative, especially when it comes to wellness.
Setting an intention allows for mistakes. If your New Year’s resolution is to stop eating sugar and you slip up and have a piece of chocolate or dessert the first few weeks in, you may tell yourself that you’ve blown your resolution, and either try to establish a new, more extreme way of eating, or forget the whole thing and end up consuming more sugar than you did before. Instead, you may want to come up with an intention that you can revisit every morning, even on the days where you may have not stuck to your intention. Something like “I honor my body with healthy food” can put you right back in the mindset that you need to be in to move forward.
Setting intentions can be as simple as choosing a word or phrase to guide you through the year. Think about what you really want and take some time on January 1 or December 31 to visualize what that looks like. If that means you visualize yourself slipping into a pair of pants without wrestling the buttons, jumping around in the ocean with your kids or running a marathon, that’s up to you.
Next, focus on something you want to manifest to get you there, and declare it in the present tense. “My exercise routine makes me a happier mom/dad” or “I choose foods that make me feel beautiful” or “I run because it helps me perform better at work.”
Write down what calls to you in several places—next to your bed, in front of your computer at work, on a sticky note on your refrigerator, or on your home screen on your phone. Wherever you can, remind yourself daily of why you are making the choices you’re making.
You may even want to set a broader intention that can lead you on several different paths throughout the year for different situations, such as “I choose love” or “I live with a grateful heart” or “I am present.” You can see how each of these would fit different 2017 goals (spend more time with family, eat better, be more philanthropic, read more, etc.).
Why not try something new for 2017 and be mindful about the changes you want to make. Go easy on yourself and practice your intentions daily. Tell your family members about what you’re doing and encourage them to help you stay focused on your intentions.
We say this each year, but this year, truly believe in yourself and prepare for your most amazing year ever!