New Year’s Intentions

 New Year's Resolutions

 
Another New Year, another round of New Year’s resolutions.  Lose weight, eat healthier, begin a fitness program, spend more time with family and friends, enjoy life more — these are probably some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions on most peoples’ lists.  They’re also the resolutions most likely to be broken by the end of January.  Maybe it’s time for a shift in consciousness when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.  Instead of making resolutions this year, why not set New Year’s Intentions?
 
The definition of intention, according to Merriam Webster, is “a determination to act in a certain way”, whereas the definition of resolution is “the act of determining.”  There’s a subtle difference, but one (intention) implies that we are actually determined to do something differently, whereas the other (resolution) simply states that we’ve decided to change something.   The difference from a vibrational perspective is far greater than these definitions suggest.  Our thoughts create our reality.  Law of Attraction teaches us that like attracts like, so when we focus our thoughts on what we would like to create in our lives, we attract it to us.  Setting an intention is nothing more than focusing our thoughts on a desired outcome.
 
Using the example of wanting to lose weight, rather than making a resolution to loose weight, which focuses on the extra weight we’re trying to get rid of, it makes more sense from a vibrational perspective to set the intention that we’re going to have a healthy, slender body that feels good.  The universe doesn’t distinguish between thoughts about what we want or don’t want, it will attract what we think about.  So if we continue to think about how we don’t want to be overweight or how we need to drop those extra pounds, we’re only going to attract more of what we don’t want into our lives — which, in this case, is extra weight!  If, however, we think about how great it will feel to have a healthy, slender body that feels good and moves well, we’re well on our way to achieving our goal.
 
Now that’s not to say we don’t still have to exercise more and eat right, but by setting the intention and focusing our thoughts on the desired outcome, we will naturally want to make the choices that are in alignment with our desire.  Our choices become “inspired action” — the action of eating better and exercising more will feel like the next logical step rather than a battle or a chore.
 
We all have the power to choose our thoughts.  This New Year’s, why not choose to set intentions that will put you on the road to success, rather than making resolutions that are doomed to fail?

3 Comments on New Year’s Intentions

  1. animalartist
    January 2, 2010 at 10:40 am (7 years ago)

    And I think in my case, since I’m more visual than usual, I visualize first, then support it with the feeling and the intent.

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  2. Ingrid
    January 2, 2010 at 8:08 am (7 years ago)

    Bernadette, visualization can definitely help with this process, especially if it’s something that has worked for you and that you enjoy doing. I think the key to visualization is that, in addition to visualizing what you intend to create, you also need to be able to get to the “feeling place” of it. I think it’s the feeling, more so than the mere visualization, that attracts what we desire.

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  3. animalartist
    January 2, 2010 at 2:45 am (7 years ago)

    Ingrid, how important is visualization in all this? It sounds like it’s a part of it, but I don’t actually see the word and some people don’t actually include it because many people don’t visualize well. It’s my only means for accomplishment, and I really fine-tuned it through my artwork. Apparently the woman in this video is having some trouble with it.
    b

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