The word “intention” resonates with me more than the word “resolution”. I suppose it’s because I think of resolutions as a sort of promise made in a celebratory moment then released soon after action is required. I’m sure that isn’t true for everyone—just my point of view. Intention, on the other hand, speaks to me. When I intend to do something, I feel a commitment to follow through. Seeing a new year as a clean slate is fine. Giving the year or external events the power to void my personal or professional intentions is not acceptable. Flexibility may be required to follow through on our intentions, and it may take a bit longer to see them come to fruition. That has been true of some intentions this past year. Allowing ourselves to get caught up in distractions can weaken our intent. The good news is, if we are vigilant, we can reclaim our intentions and get back on track.
I hope you will set your intentions with commitment. Allow yourself to be flexible when necessary, but don’t abandon your intentions. Focus more on the innovative ways you can follow through, rather than setting a deadline. Remember, your point of power to create the life you intend is always in the present moment. You can use that power to think and speak constructively.
Blessings in the new year.