How to Set a New Year Intention
I’ve got a new source of inspiration for this year’s intentions.
In the past I’ve drawn inspiration from what others are doing that I admire or desire for myself.
Or sometimes it comes from something I’ve wanted to accomplish but haven’t yet.
(I know from past experience I can accomplish big things once it’s an official intention!)
But this year is a new plan.
I’m using a formula to identify a new intention that helps close the gap between my present reality and my desired reality.
Here’s how it works …
Using my imagination I project myself to the reality I prefer.
I just dive right on in and notice what it looks like, what it sounds like, what it feels like.
And I notice who I’m being in that reality.
Once I’ve got a good handle on that version of me, then I do a quick comparison to note what’s different about that ideal-reality me than this present-reality me.
For example, when I tune in to the reality where I’m at the top of my game in my business – where I’m showing up in impactful ways and making the kind of difference for fellow creators that I want to (and having a blast and making a bunch of money doing it), here’s what I notice about that version of me:
She doesn’t complain. She doesn’t blame. She doesn’t waffle.
And she doesn’t second-guess.
She lives by her inner guidance. She is devoted to enjoying herself. And she has confidence in her ability to deliver.
She finds delight everywhere, and she is known for having an easy and ready laugh.
She refuses to struggle. She’s good at letting go. And she has a power of focus that industrial grade lasers would aspire to.
Okay, I’ve got a good handle on that person.
Next I compare that to who I am being now.
The piece that stands out the most is that I have it in me to complain up a storm. That’s the biggest difference.
And sometimes I question my inspiration. Like, I reason it out to see if it makes sense, or I try to find justification for it that someone else will understand and agree with. Even though I know that’s not how we’re supposed to use it.
Also, I could use some improvement in letting go and also enhancing the focus.
But that’s a lot of habits to be working with at once.
So I’m just devoting the first month of 2015 to one new habit that puts me more in alignment with that version of me that lives in my preferred reality.
Which is where my intention to stop complaining for all of January comes from. 🙂
(I’m bite sizing this baby, since committing to that for the year felt a bit overwhelming.)
I’ll reevaluate in February to see if we want to carry that through another month, or switch to a new habit, or something else altogether.
What’s your plan for setting new year intentions? We’d love to hear what inspires you to create change in 2015!