Advice

Setting Intentions for the New Year

Making resolutions for the New Year is a concept that many of us partake in, but it is not always something that we all succeed at! Sometimes these goals may be small and quite easily achievable, but often we set wild goals for ourselves that take a lot more time, effort and dedication than we may have first thought.

Setting realistic goals for yourself is a great way to ensure that you do not get discouraged or overwhelmed. If you do have huge ambitions for 2017, then try to break this goal down into smaller stages, and work towards it gradually.

Setting intentions for your life in general is the perfect way to inspire and motivate yourself to embrace positive change at every turn, not just in regards to your specific goals.

Your chosen intentions should constantly encourage you to be healthier, happier or more focused in some way. They will serve as reminders of all you want to be and all you want to achieve. It is often a good idea to start each intention with, “I desire to…”. In doing so, you are stating how you wish to bring change into your life and that you are not going to force it in any way.

Once you have chosen your intentions, try to visualise each one of them and how your life could be different once you have realised your intentions. Visualising your intentions as you repeat them to yourself out loud is something I would recommend doing as part of a meditative practice every few days. This will help you to check in with yourself and your goals, and to remind yourself of the reasons that you want to change yourself in these ways.

Attempting to overcome negative thought patterns and behaviours from the year just passed is key to promoting positivity and success this year. It is important to remember that you are not defined by your mistakes and you do not have to repeat them. When you set new goals and intentions for yourself, you are committing to make positive changes and recognising that you are unhappy with certain aspects of your life. This is a great first step and will show you that there is much to be gained by working towards self-discovery!

If you have seen my new wellness for women membership site – Truly Julie – then you will know that I am on a mission to inspire and motivate women to become healthier and happier – and I would love it if you would join me on this journey as we enter 2017!

One comment

  1. Great post Julie! I decided to ditch resolutions in place of intentions this year as well and just wrote a post about it on my blog. It’s inspiring to see so many other people going in this direction and reading about everyone’s take on it is super interesting. The positive vibe of your blog is infectious! All the best with your intentions, keep inspiring!

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