Happy New Year! It’s that time when we resolve to break or make certain habits. The Journal of Clinical Psychology at the University of Scranton published a study recently about New Year’s resolution statistics which states that 45% of Americans make resolutions and only 8% are successful in achieving their goals. What if this year instead of making goals, we set the intention to ACT, DO, and BE better in our personal and professional lives?
An intention is different from a goal in that it is the determination to act in a certain way, whereas goals are the end toward which effort is directed. When we make an intention, we plan and prepare. Remember my post regarding my prepping for long runs as I trained to run a marathon? You can read it again by clicking here.
While setting our intentions is important to our success in our personal and professional lives, we must also give our intentions ATTENTION. Unlike a resolution that we declare on our Facebook page in January never to be read or referenced again, our intentions require frequent check ins and status updates. So, if your intention is to experience a healthy relationship with your teenager or enjoy a fulfilling career, what specific actions must you do daily to manifest this intention? What thoughts must change? Who’s keeping you accountable?
How bad do you want it?
Are you WILLING and READY to focus Attention on your Intentions?
Here is a link to a useful worksheet to help you begin to define your intentions. Once you are clear about your intentions:
1. Share your intention with someone in a way that will supportively hold you accountable to taking action.
2. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention.
3. Acknowledge that you did what you said you would and then, take the next step.
Craving more? Check out Pareto Dove’s 5 keys for setting intentions in 2013.
Happy New Year!
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