Ditch Resolutions: How Setting A New Year’s Intention Will Transform Your Year

If you participated in our email series, Help Your Creativity Thrive in 2020, you’re already familiar with the concept of intentions. If you weren’t part of that, no worries, because there’s still time for you to do some soul searching and figure out your intentions for 2020. This year, we’re ditching resolutions and replacing them with goals and intentions, and here’s why.

Why do we set intentions?

We love goal setting. Heck, we made goal setting part of our monthly theme. As a business nerd, I am particularly fond of comprehensive and thoughtful goal setting. But while it’s incredibly important to your personal growth, setting goals isn’t enough on its own. Goal setting helps us to see the future, understand what we want, create a plan and stay on track to get it done. There’s also the potential risk of failure at achieving your goals. I know, no one wants to start out the new year contemplating the potential of failure, but it’s just a fact. However, setting intentions is different. 

Setting and living your intentions allows you to focus on who you are in the moment, to recognize and live your values, and to raise your emotional energy, which in turn raises your creative energy. Did you know that once you are able to identify your values and live them wholeheartedly, it is a powerful way to achieve success and happiness? Setting intentions can help you do that. They provide a roadmap and reminder for how to live out each day. Intentions give you purpose, as well as the inspiration and motivation to achieve your goals. The practice of setting intentions can change your life.

My favorite thing about intentions is that they’re so expansive. You don’t have to limit them. But if you’ve never consciously set intentions before, you may be wondering how to start. Here are some tips to get you started:

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Sit and reflect on what values and elements of your life are most important to you.

  • What brings you the greatest joy?
  • What fuels your fire?
  • What fills you with a sense of purpose?

Make a list of your intentions and goals.

  • Share it with someone close to you who will be supportive and help keep you focused on realizing those intentions.

Create a short mantra that will serve as your daily reminder.

  • Use it during yoga, meditation, when you’re driving to work or any other quiet moments when you can set your focus.

Let go and trust yourself.

  • You can’t force the outcome, just plant the seeds and watch your intentions bloom when the time is right.

Intentions give you purpose, as well as the inspiration and motivation to achieve your goals. The practice of setting intentions can change your life.

As we begin 2020, it’s helpful and inspiring to remember that at any moment we can take a fresh start approach to our life. You can reflect on your intention for entering the new year, or even a new day, and see what aspects of your life you want to cultivate through your personal values and goals. If you want to pick a New Year’s goal that will last, you have to look at the why behind the what you want to change. Looking at your motivation will provide fuel to keep the fire of intentional change burning all year long.

Featured image by Marta Bevacqua

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram