When you think of ringing in the new year, what comes to mind? New Year Resolutions. We typically see these resolutions surrounding the topics of weight loss, exercise, and dieting. Did you know that statistics show after 6 months, only 46% of people are still working on their resolutions? Why is that? Motivation. People often desire something that they do not want to put in the work for, or aren’t ready to work for. A lot of times, they lack meaning to the person who set them. If you choose to go the resolution route, be sure to know your why, and make your goals specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time limited.
The Alternative to Resolutions
What if instead of setting resolutions, you set intentions and kept God at the center? Intentions, are broader ideas, things you want to manifest in your life, and they define how you want to feel. The focus is internal rather than external. An example would be “I will be present today,” “I will choose to set my mind on things above,” “I choose humility today.” As you’re thinking about your intention for this year, pray for God to reveal a word for 2023. This word will help remind you of how you want to feel and will help guide your actions.
7 Intentions for Your New Year
I personally love the idea of setting intentions. It gives me something to strive towards every day, a way of feeling or being, and something that brings joy and purpose into my life.
Here are a few ideas of holistic intentions.
- Today, I will prioritize time with the Lord.
- I will practice daily mindfulness.
- I will focus on progress, not perfection.
- Today, I will connect with nature.
- Today, I will prioritize wellness by moving my body, hydrating and fueling my body.
- I will be present and intention in my relationships.
- I will choose to be calm today.
Whatever your intention, be sure the focus is positive. Focus on what you will be doing or changing rather than focusing on negatives. And as always, remember to be kind to yourself.