Resolutions Can Suck It!
Happy New Year! The clean slate of January 1 can be intoxicating…. and daunting. A I mentioned in my note last week, I’m not a believer in resolutions, and instead, choose to set intentions for the New Year. It’s a subtle, but important difference.
Resolutions stem from an “I’m not good enough as I am” place, and that just feels shitty. Intentions, on the other hand, feel like an invitation to possibility. Long-lasting positive change never comes from a self-punitive place; only a place of self-love. Loving yourself right where you’re at is the fastest way to get where you want to be.
See if you can feel the difference in your body as I compare the two:
Resolution: “This year, I’m going to finally lose weight.”
Intention: “I love my body as it is — a magnificent, powerful machine that supports me in living out loud.”
Resolution: “I will stop overspending and get out of debt.”
Intention: “As I choose how to spend my money, I will check in to be sure the purchase is worthy of me.”
Resolution: “This year, I will finally find the partner of my dreams!”
Intention: “The more I practice loving myself, the more open I become to welcoming in love.”
Resolution: “I am going to finally clean out all of my closets and get organized!”
Intention: “I’m willing to investigate the purpose my clutter might be serving in my life so I can release it more easily.”
Do you find that the intentions feel much softer and more approachable? By practicing living with intention, you relax your energy and become open for that of which you dream. If you ask me, that’s the way to start a New Year!
I’d love to hear your intentions! Please share in the comments below.
Here’s to a 2015 filled with joy and magic!
Until next week, keep taking those small steps to Live Out Loud.
Thank you Kerri for sharing and Happy New Year!
You’re welcome, Daisy! Happy New Year to you!
I absolutely love these intentions! And what a huge difference between the resolutions and the intentions. The first three intentions you list really spoke to me, as they are areas that I struggle with and would be tempted to make resolutions for. Thanks for sharing this. I think if everyone read this and put it into practice the weight loss industry, credit card companies and online dating sites would all suffer a January loss in profits! 🙂
Thanks for sharing, Dee. I’m so glad you felt a difference with intentions versus resolutions. Aren’t they so much more loving?! If you haven’t seen the info on my upcoming free webinar, Weight Loss from the Inside Out, check it out. If the first intention resonated with you, I think you’ll love the webinar! I’ve got lots to say! Find more info here: http://www.kerririchardson.com/wlfio-webinar.
I can see the last three but, not the first intention. If I love mt body now as it is, what gives me an incentive to lose weight??
:>) Besides, Kerri. The cakes are yummy over here. Especially in France. I think we had better move to East Falmouth. :>)
You know, Jerry, it’s funny. I thought the same thing for years. If I accepted myself as I was, why would I ever want to change?! And what I learned was when I treat myself and with love, I’m much more likely to treat my body with love by feeding it healthy fuel and moving it. Beating myself up only made me want to eat more! Enjoy France! (well, maybe not the cakes so much. HA!)