The year is coming to a close very soon! What did you decide you want this trip around the sun? Are you hopeful that this year will be different – or resigned to living the same experiences over and over? What can we do to ensure sustainable change takes place? Actually, a lot! The first step is to get out of our own way and practice the life-changing power of intention setting.
Resolutions from a position of lack: Most of us were raised to believe that setting clear goals and resolving to achieve them is the key to success. We commit in a fit of enthusiasm, setting out to force ourselves to do what we think we should achieve what we think we want. But how’s that really been working? Resolutions and goal setting alone rarely create sustainable change. Why is that? Whether we’re trying to force circumstances to line up with our goals or trying to force ourselves to stick to resolutions we’re consistently dealing with counter-force.
No wonder it’s a little tough! - Defaulting to force vs. directing our power is one of several factors at play. The energy behind the vow wields tremendous influence. Unfortunately, we frequently make resolutions from an energetic position of lack: wanting to be something or somewhere we aren’t. We’re not so much trying to BE something as we are trying NOT to be something else. Because we cannot focus on two opposing thoughts at the same time, we are either focused on what we want, or on what we don’t want – an important point because life unfolds in the direction of our focus!
Intention setting from a position of wholeness: What do you want while knowing that you’re already perfectly whole to begin with? Intention setting is the projection of awareness, with purpose and efficacy, toward some object or outcome. Based in awareness, intention carries with it dynamic creative power and inspiration. It stems from our inner yearnings, not from external input. While resolutions stem from our human-level self (intellect or emotions) intention comes from our essential nature, which accesses an energy source beyond our physical selves; thus, far more powerful!