It’s the time of year when we hear colleagues, friends and family talk about their ‘New Years Resolutions’. It has almost become an ongoing joke we play on ourselves as even muttering the words brings forth a predicted failure. Before we know it, we’re laughing at ourselves three months in while keeping up our potentially harmful habits ‘until the time is right’.
The Huffington Post published an article that says “It makes sense that resolutions don’t stick when you stop to consider what a ‘resolution’ is: the solution to a problem, a decision or determination, an opinion expressed as part of a voting body. I am not a problem to solve, a determination to make, or an opinion that needs voting on. I am a human being, a divine creation, a co-creator in the world.”
But wait; that’s not to say that we should continue to live our lives with our heads buried in the sand. Instead, it implies that the right choice is to remain present with ourselves throughout the year.
Doing so will naturally increase our self-awareness and allow us to notice when a particular pattern, habit or action doesn’t feel comfortable. If we spend more time checking in with ourselves on a regular basis, we understand that we have the power to transform our lives at any given moment. This, in turn, will scrap the element of shame we often feel when the year comes to an end before starting another cleanse or adopting a drastic lifestyle change.The power of intention differs from resolution.
Resolutions are ‘firm decisions’ to do or not do something, stemming from the mind and desires of the ego. They almost always fail because they start from the assumption that who you are is not good enough. Intentions, on the other hand, are heart-based decisions that come from the soul – stemming from self love, rather than hate.