Why New Year’s Intentions Beat Resolutions

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A New Year’s resolution is defined as “a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.” – Wikipedia

Resolutions are not easy to keep. According to a 2015 U.S. News article, approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions made by Americans fail by the second week of February while a 2015 ComRes poll for Bupa conducted in the UK showed 66% of Britons admitted to having broken their latest resolution in one month or less.

The promises we make to accomplish yearly goals somehow slip away as the New Year continues either because we become busy with life, frustrated with our progress, or we forget we made any resolutions at all.

So instead of making a New Year’s resolution, why not make a New Year’s intention? Unlike resolutions, intentions are not exactly goals, rather objectives that guide our actions. Intentions help us achieve our objective with flexibility and more room to grow as we possibly make mistakes along the way. 

Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. – Arthur Ashe

Intentions require you to be more mindful of your choices through small attainable actions while resolutions can sometimes seem overwhelming and more rigid in definition. There’s more of an implication that you can only win or fail with resolutions. 

How to Set Your New Year’s Intentions

You can set intentions by the day, week, month or year. We suggest you create a New Year’s Intention for the year (your overall objective or objectives) and then break it down into smaller specific intentions for the day that align with your yearly intention.

For example:

2018 New Year’s Intentions

1) Intentions for the year – This is your objective(s) for the year. Choose words or phrases that you would like to manifest more of in your life.

Health and Happiness

2) Intentions for the day – These are simple yet specific daily tasks you can accomplish to align yourself with your yearly intention(s)

  • Today, I intend to walk outside for 10 minutes. (health and happiness)
  • Today, I intend to take the stairs instead of the elevator. (health)
  • Today, I intend to smile and be kind. (happiness)

Post your intentions somewhere visible that you frequent daily like the inside of your closet door, a bathroom mirror, your desktop wallpaper, a calendar, etc….

Each day you can change your daily intentions to align with your yearly intention(s). The benefits of working on intentions is that it encourages you to be present and more mindful of your daily actions.

Intentions are simple enough that you can attain them through small daily accomplishments without feeling overly committed to a year-end resolution. The great thing is that when you make a mistake with an intention, you just tell yourself, next time.

With this, we leave you with a New Year’s wish that 2018 be a year full of empowering intentions. Sending love, peace, compassion and, of course, gratitude. 

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