Resolutions and intentions are both future-focused techniques for creating change in your life. However, there are some differences between them.
Resolutions tend to be long-term goals that lead to a significant transformation. They are likely to be relatively inflexible and feel a lot like a to-do list. There is an all-or-nothing element to resolutions – either you complete your resolution, or you don’t.
This all-or-nothing mentality is why a lot of people give up on their resolutions. Because there is no room for error, once you mess up in any way, it doesn’t seem possible to get back on track. If you resolve to give up sugar in 2020, the first time you eat a cookie, you’ll feel awful and probably give up on your goal for the rest of the year.
On the other hand, intentions tend to be more flexible. They represent your values and what’s important to you at this time in your life. The focus here is less on the goal or outcome and more on the journey and the process. While there is still a destination, there are many paths to lead you there.
Improving your life doesn’t usually happen in a sudden transformational shift. Instead, sustainable change occurs as a result of smaller daily actions performed over time.
If you’re leaning toward setting intentions rather than resolutions, you might be searching for some ideas. Here are a few suggestions that could help create positive lifestyle changes:
- Move every day.
- Practice self-care.
- Find things that make you happy.
- Appreciate others.
- Accept yourself.
- Laugh more.
- Eat colorful foods.
- Go to bed earlier.
- Spend time outside.
- Read more books.
- Trust yourself.
- Drink more water.
- Be kind to others.
Once you have some meaningful intentions, make sure you write them down. Put them somewhere where you’ll see them regularly and get a reminder of what you’re working toward. Once you set intentions for the year, a month, a week, or a day, take action. With consistent effort, change will happen in time.
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