With a new year beginning, promises of starting over, fresh, and new are on the minds of many. If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolutions, there’s no rush! In fact, I’d like to encourage you to take your time. Consider what you want the New Year to bring you. Where do you want to see yourself at the end of 2017? How does that play into the bigger vision you have? What steps do you need to take over the next year to be closer to making that vision a reality?
I suggest writing down your intentions for 2017. The things you want to accomplish. The things you want to bring into your life and increase. The areas you want to grow in. The lessons you’ve been repeating you want to learn so you can graduate from. When doing so, remember to focus on what you want more of and not what you lack. For example, weight is a common resolution focus point. Instead of saying you want to lose 20 pounds, focus on what you gain (muscle definition for example). You could list why you want to lose the weight.
This principle can be applied to any area, goal, or desire in your life. No matter what your intentions are for the year ahead, here are some suggestions to help keep them focused, positive, and attainable-
- Pick a time that you can dedicate to reflect on 2016 and put some thought into what you want for 2017
- Think about what you want for your life in general
- What aspects of your life do you want to improve, grow, or maintain?
- What can you do to make it happen?
- What will you have to release or overcome?
- How can you keep your intentions positive and present in your daily life?
Personally, I’ve created an 8-page document full of pictures, ideas, and a blueprint detailing what my intentions are for 2017. This specific document is related to one part of my business specifically. It’s beautiful, visually appealing, full of inspiration, and filled with my dreams from corner to corner. The more you tailor this to fit you the better! Make a vision board, draw it in your sketchbook, capture it in photos, make a video, make a bullet point list, whatever resonates with you in a way that you can express what’s within- do it!
Here’s a sample of one of the pages of my 2017 intentions. Is it ambitious? Yes! If I just had to go through a few motions and check off a couple of boxes, I didn’t dream big enough. This is going to really challenge me! Some things are more challenging than others but the vision itself is bigger than what I can achieve unless I dip into some serious ambition, drive, creativity, and get out of my comfort zone!
Be sure to write this down either someplace you can keep handy or refer back to often. I hope you find this helpful to set your intentions for 2017 so that you can take steps every day that are in alignment with making them come to fruition. In addition, I encourage you to give 2017 a theme, quote, or tagline. Something that sums up what you want for the year and motivates you to keep yourself focused on making it happen. I encourage you to have a clear vision so you know what you’re working towards and take at least one small step in that direction every day. Wishing you a healthy, happy, and fulfilling 2017 ❤
Did you find this helpful? Have you already identified your 2017 intentions? Feel free to share your tips or feedback in the comments.