| Sydney 2017 Fireworks. Photo: Wolter Peeters (http://www.smh.com.au) |
First of all I'd like to wish you a very happy new year! 🎉 🎉 🎉
I haven't posted on here since 2014 *guilty face* but I have been (slightly) more active on my Instagram page, so if you want to check out what I've been up to lately on IG just click here 💁
So here we are at the start of a new year and no doubt resolutions are being made. I too had a list of things I really wanted to accomplish for this year and after having such a shitty year with health problems in 2016 I was ready to approach my 2017 goals with a 'YOLO' attitude. I was preparing to write my goals so I went on Pinterest for some inspiration on how to layout my goals for the new year when I came across the concept of "intentions". In a nutshell it's basically like having resolutions without the pressure of feeling like you must complete what you set out to do. At first it seems like some cop-out devised this so that he or she wouldn't actually have to follow through on what they set out to do, but it's actually more of a realist's approach to goal setting.
The process of having new year's intentions is the same as setting your new years resolutions, the only difference is that unlike a new year's resolution, having intentions is meant to not make you feel like a failure if you don't accomplish what you set out to do. Not fulfilling goals affects everyone differently and some people may be severely set back mentally and physically when they don't accomplish what they set out to do. Personally, I think that the intentions method seems kinder because if you don't meet your goals, the intentions are left at just that - intentions. The word itself is a lot more flexible than the word "resolution" which has an undertone of finality.
Whatever method you do choose the important thing to remember is to not beat yourself up about not accomplishing your goals. We never know what life has in store for us so don't feel bad for any set backs. Not accomplishing a goal you set out for the year doesn't mean that you're a failure or that you'll never be able to do it, it just means that it'll take some time to finish what you set out to do and that's ok. Sometimes we also make goals and we realise half way through it's not what we actually wanted. It's also ok to scrap a goal if you no longer want to do it. You don't always have to follow things through if it's not right for you.
I'll end it here for now.
So once again happy new year!
May you accomplish your goals for this year...or not...whatever it's all good! 😉