Yesterday was the end of yet another year, and also, the end of a decade. The year has been a crazy one to say the least, as can be said for the decade as well. I’m sure as we look back we can all agree that the experience has been a rollercoaster ride full of ups and downs, laughs and tears, surprises and scares. But we made it! It’s 2020 and it’s the start of something great!
I’m not fond of the idea of setting a “new years resolution”. They often fail and they carry very little weight or meaning anymore. However, setting an intention is a little different. Resolutions just are. They are simple and resolute as their name suggests ‘I’m going to get in shape this year.’ Whereas, intentions require more thought, more care, more nurturing, and certainly more work. A good example of an intention is ‘I’m confident, strong and in the best shape of my life.’ This sets a new tone for dedicated, self-care, focus, and determination… Something resolutions do not provide.
It’s A New Year Baby!
New year, new decade, new goals, new YOU!! Today is the day we’ll set the intention for the rest of our year and quite possibly the rest of our lives. Setting an intention is the first step to setting a goal and then seeing them through to fruition.
What intentions do you want to set for 2020? Before we set new intentions, we should take some time to reflect on the previous year. This 2019 Reflections PDF will help you to do that and to help you realize your intentions for this coming year. I came across this as it was shared on a Facebook group of strong, amazing women called #SoloDateChallenge. This worksheet was originally curated by an incredible woman named Meghan Marcusfeld Cody. I highly suggest you take a moment to sit down with this and reflect on 2019 and what you want to achieve for 2020 – then, we’ll set our new intentions for this year and maybe even the rest of our lives!
To help with making the most of your intentions for 2020, let’s take a look at the 5 steps to setting some seriously powerful intentions.
1) Give Yourself 5 Minutes
Each morning when you wake up. Give yourself 5 minutes to reflect on your intention(s). Don’t touch your phone. No scrolling through social media. Don’t start the coffee or even get up to go pee! Just lay there for 5 minutes in the quiet, with your eyes closed and just reflect on the intention(s) you have set. Think about these intentions with love and compassion – this is not the time for any negative self-talk. The only thing there is room for here is love and appreciation.
2) Set It & Forget It
Once you’ve set your intention(s) for the day. Let it go. Release it. For the next 5 minutes just rest your mind into a calm mental state and release those intentions. Get out of bed and begin your day while practicing 5 minutes of appreciation and gratitude.
3) Stay Aware
Throughout the day be mindful of your intention(s). On lunch break take time to complete a 5-minute meditative session and revive your intentions. Maybe set a reminder on your phone. Or leave sticky notes in random places in your home or office that you often frequent (ie. inside your desk drawer or on your computer monitor).
4) Detach From Results
Let go of the idea of reaching a specific result with your intention. Live in the realm of uncertainty. Believe in your true self and that everything will work out as it should. Let go and allow yourself to be open to and accepting of new opportunities.
5) Start Small
If this is your first time setting intentions, then it’s always best to start small. Your mind will need time to adjust to the new habit. They used to say it took 21 days to form new habits, now they suggest 66 days. So with that, choose something you know you can accomplish in 66 days. Then from there, build up a solid foundation.
I’d like to know what intentions you are setting for 2020. Take a moment to share them with me!