Now that the New Year is here, it’s a great time to look back on the year and review all of the great things you accomplished. It’s also a good time to begin making plans for the future and set new goals to knock out for the New Year. What areas of your life need improvement, what bad habits can be broken, what fitness goals would you like to attain and what personal goals do you want to set in motion or accomplish? We don’t know for sure what this year will hold, but the good news—we have another year and another opportunity to make life happen!
Maybe this year you had some great accomplishments and a few “uh oh’s”. Maybe there were a few things you wish you had done that you didn’t… So, for the New Year ahead, instead of setting resolutions that you may not keep why not do something better and create a list of intentions.
What’s the difference between these two? A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Resolutions might be too constraining and stifling, as you list the fitness and lifestyle changes that you want, like, “I will lose 10 pounds.” Or “I will double my business this year.” But, when you fail to meet the resolutions on your list, it creates pressures that can lead to disappointment. Instead, set an intention with options for yourself if you can’t accomplish them all.
An intention is something you want to do, but not a firm decision on something that has to be done in a specific way. However, when you set your intentions, you resolve that what you are and what you have is already enough. Your focus is not on the outcome but on the journey. Intentions zero in on to something you can connect to emotionally and physically. Unlike, resolutions, you can make good on an intention in a single workout session when boredom or fatigue strikes during a workout because you are tied to the intention at a deeper emotional level.
Sure, you might still want to lose 10 pounds and be able to buy those skinny jeans you’re eyeing, but, setting intentions centers on how to care for who you are right now. So instead of saying, “I want to lose 10 pounds,” you’re intention will be focused on “I will be good with my body right now because I am worth it while I am working on improving myself.”
Here are the 5 ways you can set your intention and stay centered on it every workout:
This New Year, get rid of the resolutions and set your intentions, then knock them out of the park!