New Year’s Intentions vs. New Year’s Resolutions

08 Jan New Year’s Intentions vs. New Year’s Resolutions

Want to learn more about how to set some great intentions for New Year and how they differ from traditional New Year resolutions?

New Year’s resolutions vs. New Year’s intentions

Do you usually make New Year resolutions to improve your life? Resolutions are linked to achieving specific goals such as eating healthier, losing weight, or saving money. They’re often about something that is missing from your life and at the very least, they tend to focus on what you feel is wrong in your life and how you’d prefer not to feel.

This article aims to help you discover more about how to set the right intentions to get your New Year off to a great start. You’ll learn about why it’s important to set intentions rather than resolutions.  Afterwards, you can start coming up with your own New Year intentions.

On the surface, intentions may seem similar to resolutions as they are all about intent to become the best possible version of you. There are some big differences too though. Intentions are internal and unlike a resolution, there’s no end goal with an intention. Think of it more as a journey towards a certain way of being and what you need more of in your life. It’s much more likely to involve a part of your attitude or mindset that needs to change to bring out the best in yourself and change how you feel.

Let’s take saving money as an example. With a New Year’s resolution, you might resolve to save $500 monthly. With a New Year’s intention, you might put the focus on cutting down unnecessary expenses, looking at your current home loan and see how much you can save on your repayments, modifying your lifestyle, etc. Saving money might happen in both scenarios but with an intention, your saving habits will continue as a lifestyle and not just a short term goal.

Examples of intentions include happiness, self compassion, gratitude, simplicity, embracing life, self love, courage and being open to new experiences. If you’re prone to being self critical and always on the go, you may choose self love and simplicity as your New Year intentions, for example. There’s none of the pressure that often comes with resolutions, which is one reason why setting intentions is a lot more likely to be successful compared to resolutions.

Here are some steps you can take as a guide:

  1. Look at finding your intentions in the first place and using meditation to let your gut guide you to your true intentions.
  2. Visualise your New Year intentions. Seeing yourself living these intentions in your mind can be very powerful for making them happen in reality.
  3. Create some affirmations for your New Year intentions. Repeating positive affirmations at least once a day trains your mind into adopting behaviours.
  4. Create a vision board for your New Year intentions. This is a powerful visual reminder of what you’re trying to achieve and can be fun to create, too.

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I would love to hear about your experiences and how you feel going forward. Do you feel as though New Year’s intentions are going to be super helpful for achieving your financial goals this 2021? Comment below and let me know. I’m really excited to get your thoughts on this!


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