A more adaptive approach to New Year’s Resolutions

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While I am not a fan of New Years Resolutions, I do take time at the beginning of each year to imagine who I need to be and what I need to do, to allow for a happy, healthy and meaningful year ahead.  In this article, I would like to share a  way of realising intentions and evolving myself, my life and my businesses that I have found more useful than setting New Year’s Resolutions.

My pathway through life has, like many of you reading this article, been a mixture of achievement and success,

disappointment and loss.  I have experienced the ability to co-create what is important to me, AND I am also well aware that in life, there is only a certain amount which is in my control.  This awareness helps me to balance humility and purpose, determination and spontaneity in the intentions I set.

By allowing flexibility and spontaneity, balanced with sincerity of purpose, I experience a continuity in my intentions regardless of disruptions, disappointments or challenges along the way that may be out of my control.  As the year unfolds, the intentions I put into motion, come into being in a range of unexpected and often delightful ways.

Below are 3 key perspectives that have helped me to  be intentional throughout the ups and downs of life including those elements in, and out of my control:

  1. Focus on the deeper intentions, purpose and desired feelings behind any goals (rather than the goal itself), and embody them regardless of what is manifesting externally.  Taking the next step or action that is immediately possible is a large part of how I play with intentions.  Regardless of the external world, I can master my thoughts and feelings and cultivate thoughts and feelings that support my purpose.
  2. Treat life as evolution rather than a destination. Whilst taking action every day, learn to practise non-attachment to outcome.  By treating every apparent divergence as an opportunity for learning, we can stay in gratitude for what we have in the present moment rather than what we “want” in some kind of ideal future.
  3. Realise that intentions and aspirations can manifest in a range of ways.  This allows for spontaneity and changing plans to bring even better outcomes than we could have ever imagined.  Acknowledging our current perspective as limited, we can continue to invite new and bigger perspectives as the journey unfolds.

To support your New Year Reflection, please feel free to download the document below which can help you to practise the above perspectives as you set your goals and intentions for 2018.

Wishing you a successful, happy and fulfilling year ahead!

Alison


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