Have you ever made a New Year's resolution only to find yourself back at square one a few weeks later? We've all been there. The excitement of a fresh start is promising, but sometimes the reality of sticking to it falls short. In this guide, we'll discuss why resolutions fail most often than not and what makes the necessary alternative – intention setting.
Resolutions are one of two things. First, they are based on superficial or short-term goals based on the idea that one month or one year is enough to notice the changes. Two, we make resolutions that are far from achievable and contain no measurable or realistic steps to achieve the goal. Sadly, we often take shortcuts to feel that temporary pleasure of getting something done without putting in too much effort. Thus, it's understandable why resolutions fail in the long run.
Setting intentions is powerful. Intentions are based on values, long-term goals, and realistic steps you can take daily to get closer to the desired outcome. Intentions focus on internal motivation rather than external pressure or expectations. The core is to enjoy the journey – giving you a clear vision and direction of where you want to go.
For example, instead of "I will lose weight" or "I will finish ten books this year," why not "I will live a healthier lifestyle" or "I will read more to become more knowledgeable." See what we did there? The focus is on establishing habits rather than just getting to the target result.
Guide to Setting Intention-based Goals
The beauty of setting intentions is that it allows room for failure but keeps you accountable and motivated. It also encourages self-discovery and growth. Here are some tips for setting intention-based goals that last:
1. Take Time to Reflect
Ask yourself, "Why do I want this goal?" and "What is the most meaningful to me?" and then come up with an answer that resonates with your values and beliefs. Once you've figured out what matters, dive deeper into why it matters, and then identify the required resources and habits.
2. Break Goals into Manageable Parts
Big goals can be overwhelming, and staying on track will be challenging if you don't break them into smaller pieces. Set realistic, achievable milestones and use tools like calendars to plan out deadlines. It will help you stay organized while making progress at the same time.
3. Track Your Progress
Having some system to measure your progress is essential, so take the time to document your journey and see how far you've come and the areas you need to improve. It could be as easy as making a spreadsheet, journal, or even signing up in an organizational app.
4. Celebrate Each Accomplishment
It's easier to give up than to stay committed. When you reach a milestone, celebrate it! This could be spending time with friends and family, rewarding yourself with a day off or splurging on something special.
In conclusion, resolutions are best left in the past and replaced with intentions from your core values and beliefs. Intentions will help you stay focused on the journey and make progress towards your goals. Remember, it's not about the result but how much you learn about yourself along the way.
We hope this guide will help you stay motivated and inspired this 2023. Here's to a year of intention-setting, growth, and success.