I love 2020.. yes I do. After everything it brought us, I still have many good things to remember from that leap year! No matter what people say about it, it remains to be the year where I was blessed with love, health, launching my 1st book, unforgettable life lessons, new knowledge, career success, and plenty of unforgettable memories. Thank you 2020! May your successor be kinder and more generous on all of us.
Having that out of they way, I want to talk about 2021. With the dawn of every New Year, pledges are made by hopefuls everywhere to do something big in their life and business. Most of these “resolutions” are shelved or forgotten altogether before the end of January!
If you haven’t read about me yet, I’m a change coach and consultant with a dual degree in the science of “change” from the Oxford and HEC, two of the most distinguished research and academic institutions on this subject. I’m always looking for ways for me and people around me to accept and cope with the fast change happening around us in this COVID-19, post-pandemic, 21st century new age.
Today I chose the seasonal topic of New Year’s Resolutions. I actually want to change the term to New Year’s “Commitments”. It’s more accurate in describing the degree of new habits you are hoping to achieve in the new year. It also promotes ownership and responsibility.
An annual attempt at implementing meaningful change isn't the answer. Committing-to a meaningful change and following through day in and day out to achieving each action is the key that brings successful, happy people to the top. Setting Goals Isn't Enough. Setting Daily Intentions will change your life. Sure you set goals, but do you set intentions? Here's how setting daily intentions can change your life.
Intentions will confirm the fact that you are not your mind. I talk about this concept in my book, that often times we mix the fact that our brain is who we are. In fact, we are not our brain. We have a heard that feels and thinks, a gut, a soul and spirit. Not to go too technical here, the fact is voicing intentions will take your mind off of your problems and perceived limitations. Instead, it will place your focus on something that will have a positive impact on your life. Clearly stating how you intend to feel today instead of wishing that you felt better puts the power of change in your own hands. Here is an example.. I intend to have gratitude for all that I have and all that I am, allowing happiness, bliss and love to fill my heart and positive energy to fill my body.
Setting intentions can make you more effective. Sure you can set an intention to be productive, but you'll find more power in stating an intention to expanding your heart and mind to the thinking that will result in higher productivity and other desirable outcomes. Intentions aren't to be confused with goals. They are about who you want to be, what you wish to contribute to the world, and how you choose to touch the lives of others. For instance, I intend to show acts of kindness today, opening myself to any possibility to bring joy into the life of another.
So for 2021’s New Year resolutions, I encourage to be a contrarian and set goals, commitments or intentions for what you truly want to change in you this year. I believe after 2020, most of us have done the inventory of things they aspire to change in themselves. I know I do. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
I look forward to receiving your comments below. Let me know about your 2021 New Year’s goals, intentions, or commitments.