Have you ever set a New Year’s resolution that you actually kept until the end of the year?
If the answer is no, you’re not alone. At all.
In fact, research shows that only 10% of people successfully stick to their New Year’s resolutions. And multiple psychological studies suggest that New Year’s resolutions don’t really work.
So this year, why don’t you try something that actually works?
In this blog, we will explore the power of setting a New Year Intention instead of a resolution. Get ready to learn key differences between these two actions and find out which one will help you successfully meet your goals and stick to them throughout the year.
The Difference Between a Resolution and an Intention
A resolution is, more or less, a statement to change something you want to fix about yourself or your lifestyle. As a result, resolutions tend to inspire negative thoughts about your current situation.
On the other hand, an intention is more focused on creating abundance in your life. An intention does not imply something is wrong with the way you currently live, but instead, it motivates you to live even better.
See the difference?
Now that you know a little bit about how these two differ, let’s look at which one is more powerful - and why.
New Year’s Resolution vs. New Year Intention: Which is Better?
While making a resolution can be a powerful tool to meet your New Year goals, it can start to feel like an impossible burden. Resolutions offer little flexibility, which can often set you up for failure.
But when you set an intention, you approach your goals with more compassion for yourself. As a result, you feel less pressured to create change and more inspired to take action.
Resolutions focus on the negative while intentions focus on the positive
Resolutions spotlight what you lack, intentions highlight what you have
Resolutions are strict, intentions are adaptable
Resolutions don’t work, intentions do
Now do you see why you might want to consider setting an intention this year?
How to Set a Powerful Intention for the New Year
An intention is something to live by that you can carry with you throughout the year and into the years to come. When you set an intention, you choose to live more mindfully and open to new outcomes.
So, how can you go about setting a powerful intention for the new year?
Clearly articulate what you want to cultivate or achieve
Create an affirmation around your intention (an affirmation is an “I am” statement that you repeat to yourself in the present tense as if it is already true)
Simplify your intention into a one-word mantra
Return to your intention regularly: write it down, save it on your phone and repeat it to yourself during yoga class
Examples of Powerful New Year Intentions
Here are some examples to help you create your unique intention for the new year:
The Intention: I want to move up in my company and make more money so I can travel more frequently.
The Affirmation: I am worthy of my wildest dreams, and I’m on my path to making them a reality.
The Mantra: Success.
The Intention: I intend to live with more compassion for myself and others.
The Affirmation: I am capable of giving and receiving unconditional love.
The Mantra: Love.
The Intention: I want to live in the moment without worrying about the past or future.
The Affirmation: I am present, living in the only moment that truly exists: right now.
The Mantra: Presence.