How to Set New Year Intentions for New Beginnings
Posted on January 20 2020
It's a new year and a new decade, and now that the holiday craze is over, it's time to focus our intentions for the future. Many of my jewelry designs have mantras and words that have helped me focus my intentions. I use these mantras in my yoga practice or when I meditate. Setting intentions is not as easy as making resolutions. We all want to exercise more or eat healthily or save money more effectively. But setting intentions will helps us achieve our goals and resolutions by focusing our energy on our innermost self.
Finding Your Intentions
First, I start by meditating, praying, or simply calming my mind and focus my thoughts. I Imagine where I want to be and who I want to be in the near or distant future. I then try to visualize my passions and values by answering the following questions: What brings me joy? What gives me purpose? What is it that I seek?
Write It All Down
Once I've visualized my intentions, now it's time to put them into words. I think about the past year, and write down everything that went well in my life, and everything that could have gone better. I try not to focus on the things I cannot control, but instead my reactions to those things. Then I write out what I have visualized for my future. From this, I then write mantras that can help me focus on my new intentions throughout the year.
For example, maybe I didn't stick up for myself or my ideas in the workplace over the fear of rejection. If I wish I could be stronger willed and conquer those fears, my mantra might be "I can be brave." Or, maybe I had a falling out with a friend, and I wish I could have had the will to forgive and forget, so my mantra might be "I am capable of forgiveness." You can have as many intentions as you want, but I like sticking to a few a year because it helps me stay focused.
Intentions Are Not Goals
Goals put pressure on us to achieve them, and typically have some external outcome or effect. Intentions are a way to focus on our innermost desires and passions to allow us to grow into the best versions of ourselves. They don't come with a to-do list or a game plan, they are merely planting the seeds of who you wish to be, so you can let the universe do the rest.
I like to carry my intentions with me wherever I go, which is why I created a line of Inspirational Jewelry to keep them close to me. Good luck to you all in the new year, the new decade, and beyond!