Intentions for the New Year

Happy New Year!
Over the last few days, I have been thinking a lot about New Year’s resolutions and I’ve decided something, I’m not making any! This isn’t to say that I think that New Year’s resolutions are a bad thing, setting goals, and working towards achieving them is wonderful; but when it comes to New Years resolutions, I think we often put too much pressure on ourselves to do a complete 180 because the calendar happened to roll over. That’s why this year, instead of setting resolutions, I’m going to be setting intentions.

Setting Intentions - BalanceWhat do I mean by that, you ask?

You often hear yoga instructors talk about setting an intention for your practice, but setting intentions are not limited to what you do on the yoga mat. Intentions are different from goals in that they are less tangible and aren’t something with which you can attach a value or expectation. They are ideas of how you want to live your life, a purpose or attitude that you wish to commit to.  Instead of saying “I’m going to diet and exercise” your intention might be “practice loving my body and myself”.

I thought about setting goals for 2018 like, grow my business by X%, workout four times per week, learn to cook a new meal every month, etc. And although I believe all of these goals have value and I would like to accomplish them, I have chosen not to allow my success in 2018 to be defined by my achievement of specific tasks. (more…)