Setting New Years Intentions

Simply thinking about New Year resolutions can be stressful! What do I want to accomplish this year? How do I go about doing this? What if…? There are so many things I need to do this year. This will be the year that… and so on and so on. We put a ton of pressure on ourselves. But what if we didn’t? What if we took a step back and looked at our intentions rather than our accomplishments and gave thanks for the ability to lead an intentional life?

Let’s face it, by mid-January most of us fall into one of several possible categories:

1. The overachievers who run full steam into the New Year with a comprehensive list of goals and strategies on how to accomplish them.

2. The ambitious bunch who carry over last years unresolved resolutions with refreshed energy only to lose their motivation by May.

3. Those that don’t care much to make New Year’s resolutions at all.

 Regardless of where we fall, it is important to take a step back and look at the New Year as an opportunity to set positive intentions for ourselves while giving thanks for each day and opportunity that comes our way.

Gratitude brings recognition and acceptance to a situation regardless of whether or not we have met our New Year’s resolutions. Regularly practicing gratitude directly influences our outlook on life and how we approach it. Who doesn’t want to start the New Year with a grateful heart?