Intentions vs. Resolutions
It’s that time of the year again when many of us decide to “improve” ourselves for the coming year. It’s also the time when studies show how unsuccessful many of these attempted improvements (if not most) tend to be.
I believe this is largely because we’re relying on resolve rather than intent when it comes to taking action and moving ahead.
What’s the difference, you ask? Not much, if you go purely by dictionary definition. A resolution refers to a firmness of mind or purpose, and an intention is an aim or objective. Resolution implies disciplined achievement; intention — a decision on direction. Well, you say, don’t you need discipline to achieve something? The answer is, yes, once both your mind and heart are engaged.
And that’s the main problem with writing up resolutions for the new year. We rely on our brains to push us toward something we feel we “ought” to do. And when we stop listening to our brains, we get tired and quit.
On the other hand, intentions are desires that start at the feeling level. They’re quests of our higher self that want to see us be happy, healthy and successful at the things we have a desire to do. When you experience a desire to “grow” as opposed to do something you think you “should” do, you stand a better chance of travelling in that direction because your motivation is organic — it resonates with the deepest part of yourself.
Setting intentions allows you to change or modify as you grow and learn more about yourself. It’s easier to stay on course when you’re flexible and listening to your intuition.
Try setting “intentions” for 2015 and see if the process feels both more exciting and yet more comfortable than setting resolutions. Setting intentions can be a way of starting a dialogue with yourself that will enable you to step into the future through harnessing flow.