Ugh, New Year’s resolutions. As quick to make as they are to forget, until around June when you realise you barely tried. Why are resolutions so hard to stick with? Typically because they are not specific, measurable, attainable, realistic or timely. Deciding to ‘exercise more’ is too vague, and pledging to ‘run 5km everyday’ may not be a reasonable expectation for you.
Instead of setting yourself a lofty, intangible goal at the start of 2019, try choosing a word or a phrase as an intention for the year ahead. If you want this year to be a time of self-discovery, an intention is something you can apply to your career or personal life, and can be anchor for you to come back to when you reflect on where you are at.
The WIP Coaches share some useful intentions for you to adopt next year.
Amy, The Clarity Coach
Self-care! There are two aspects of self-care. When we take good care of ourselves (our mental, emotional and physical wellness), we are able to take care of others and achieve our aspirations in a sustainable manner.
Nerice, The Resilience Coach
Feedback. I recommend to always seek feedback and have the courage to receive it. Whilst there is a lot of work that we can do to examine and better understand ourselves we all have blind spots that others around us may be best placed to help us uncover.
I like setting words of intention for the year ahead, and if I was planning for 2019 to be a year of self-discovery, a few words that I recommend for the year are: curiosity, solitude, transformation, exploration, or growth.
I have found these intentions to be powerful in my own life, and so if self-discovery is something you are looking for, it can often be a difficult journey full of twists and turns, so just be careful what you ask for!
Vivica, The Jumpstart Coach
The word I'd pick is 'mindfulness'. It's simply a great tool for self-discovery, and it will be very empowering for your 2019 if you start practicing mindfulness in daily life!
Lily, The Strength Coach
I would suggest either the phrase ‘listen to the heart’ or the word self-acceptance. Both of these intentions encourage you to be kind to yourself.
"Where focus goes, energy flows".