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.