Hello, and Happy New Year!
I don't do resolutions, and haven't for a long time. They seem to be all about hard work and doing things I don't really want to do, but feel like I should do. Feh.
I do set Intentions, though. These are positive visions and affirmations for what I wish to experience over the coming year. They are what I want to be experiencing, not what I think I ought to do. That makes a huge difference.
They are also things that I can come back to if I miss a day. Unlike resolutions ("I will not eat any candy!" would be an apt one for me), I can be off on them for a day or even a week and come back to them. They talk about the process and the journey, not a goal that I don't get to have until after I do all the hard work.
So for you, and for me (a recovering Nice Guy), I'll share these intentions for 2016:
* I intend to share my truth more bravely, and to more people
* I intend to know and speak my feelings more fully
* I intend to show up authentically as much as I can
* I intend to take action toward what I want
I thought as I started this I would have a longer list, but those four are so powerful, and cover so much ground, I think that's a great place to leave it. And having FOUR intentions, rather than a laundry list, will allow me to focus more on those, and have a greater impact.
By the way, just writing this post is part of that first intention for me. Instead of wondering "what will people think", I am writing this post to you.
I wish you a happy and healthy year!
Sincerely, Peter Hannah MA LMHC