Late to posting this. I’m not sure “better late than never” will cover me on this one but here we go.
I’ve been sitting a lot around the words intentions vs. resolutions this year. It’s been a fascinating place to hang out. Resolution is the noun form of the verb resolve. And that’s where I’ve been starting.
I resolve problems; fix things that are broken; correct a wrong. And when we’re planning out best life, starting from a place where we project that we are broken doesn’t feel healthy. Which is what resolutions often time try to do. We set resolutions around our fitness; weight; drinking; eating; or other area. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s important to improve our overall health. But I don’t think we should start from a “broken” place.
That’s where intentions come in. Intention is a more free word, because it creates a path forward. It looks at how we want to be in the future. And it allows for moments of weakness/falling back even when we are still moving forward. When we falter with an intention, it’s a powerful time to reset where we are RIGHT NOW. And allows the growth to continue with new lessons and new compassion.
I also think intention setting tackles more of the ‘how do I want to be’ better. It’s an actionable noun – meaning we take steps daily to move forward to the intention itself. While you may have already started (and potentially stopped) a resolution this year, what if the framework is changed? Ask the question: How do I want to be on December 31, 2020? And begin to live toward that.