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The object of a new year is not that we should have

a new year.

It is that we should have a new soul.

G. K. Chesterton

Whether you choose to make resolutions, use the “three word” system, or some other method, you know that you would like to make this year different somehow. You would like to make some serious moves toward your goals and aspirations. Perhaps you feel that you have struck out in the past, and searching for ways to make some magic in your own life. Maybe you have tried to do it in the past but lost interest over time. Or perhaps you buckled down and followed through. Either way, you are now facing the beginning of another new year.

Even if you are less-than-thrilled with your follow-through in previous years, this new year brings amazing opportunities to challenge yourself in all kinds of exciting ways.

Here are a few ideas that you can use that will help you set up your INTENTIONS so that you will meet with more success during the coming year.

1. Choose one area. Select an area of your life that is important to you. One of the keys to choosing your New Year’s intentions is by selecting a goal that truly matters. Ideally, you can find something that you want more than anything in the world. This will help keep you dedicated.

2. Be specific. The whole idea of making a New Year’s intentions can seem over-simplified. You will hear people say, “My New Year’s resolution is to get in to shape” or “I want to work less.” What do statements like, “I want to spend more time with my family this coming year” really mean? Here is how to be more specific:

  • For the intention to get into shape, why not state it in more detail? Consider committing to specifics, such as, “I want to lose 2 inches from my waist and 3 inches from my hips.”
  • Another example of being more exacting might be something like, “I want to increase visual muscle definition in my abdominals and my upper arms.”

3. Make your intention measurable. How will you measure your results?

  • For example, spending more time with your family may manifest itself as, “I plan to work 4 hours less per week in the coming year,” or “I will choose not to work on Saturdays, starting January 1st.”

4. Baby steps. Structure your intentions using mini-goals. Consider cutting your overall goal into smaller, separate goals. Select the first mini-goal to accomplish in the process and designate it as your New Year’s intention for the first 3 months.

  • For example: You want to lose 30 pounds. You have struggled to drop the weight in the past. But you want to get serious now.
  • Here one way to cut this into mini-goals: Lose 10 pounds in the first 3 months of the year, lose another 10 pounds in the second quarter of the year and drop the final 10 pounds the third quarter of the year. The fourth quarter of the year, plan to focus on maintaining your weight loss.

5. Be realistic. It may not be possible for you to accomplish everything you want in just one year. But you can be well on your way to your goal by the end of the year if your New Year’s intention is within reasonable standards.

When selecting your New Year’s intentions, focus on what matters to you. Be specific and make your resolutions measurable. Use mini-goals and be realistic in establishing whatever resolutions you select.

By addressing your intention as a process rather than just a goal, you set your self up to more likely succeed. And when you achieve one goal, you are definitely more inclined to set resolutions and accomplish them in the years that follow.

Start this year to make each year your best one ever!

To your continued success!

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