New Year’s Intentions, Forget Resolutions This Year!

The NEW New Year, New Me Challenge Starts With Some Good New Year’s Intentions

Well I’m definitely ready for a new year and new goals! A new year usually means resolutions for a fresh start and a healthier, better life. But there’s a tricky little word in that phrase that may be sabotaging your goals- resolutions. Which is why I’m proposing you eliminate resolutions and set New Year’s Intentions!

** If you’re just getting around to reading this in February of March, don’t let that hold you back. It’s only too late to start, if you say it is! And, it’s always a good time to make some positive changes so you can feel better about yourself and your life!

Let’s look at some personal development goals that will improve your life and how to get motivated!

Why New Year’s Resolutions Never Worked For Me

Making new year’s resolutions never really worked for me. Losing weight and saving money doesn’t sound like much fun anyway, and maybe that’s why I was never motivated to keep up with it! There’s a trick to setting new year’s goals and that’s setting intentions instead of making resolutions! This one shift can change your mindset from sabotage, to success! And is the key to manifesting what you want in life.

Resolutions are usually perceived as things you don’t really want to do, but think you should.

What Are New Year’s Intentions?

New Year’s intentions are things you actually want to do, like take better care of your body and spend your money more mindfully! These sound better, even though they basically mean the same as losing weight or getting fit and saving money! How you perceive a goal, impacts how motivated you are to actually achieving that goal. Mindset is everything.

Intentions feel good. Resolutions do not. Think about it, resolutions are usually something we don’t really want to to do but think we should. This sets us up for failure because in the back of our mind, we know we don’t really want to do these things. So, the motivation isn’t all there! Intentions are a different way of thinking about the same goals.

My number one intention is always to be more mindful and self-aware. To get off of autopilot and be aware of my thoughts, actions, emotions and surrounds as much as possible. Something so ‘simple’ as this, has changed my life completely.

New Year’s Resolutions/Intentions

Now, let’s look at some more New Year’s Intentions to set for a NEW YOU.

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My New Year’s Intentions

Below is a list of my New Year’s intentions for the upcoming year. Everyone’s intentions should be personal, but many of these ideas are great for everyone- such as hobbies, mindfulness and a budget!

New Year’s Intention: Get A Hobby

Develop A Hobby. Hobbies are a great way to get creative, explore your passions and have fun! They can also help you de-stress. Check out my list of winter hobbies and hobbies for women.

New Year’s Intention: Be Kind

Be Kind. How we treat others effects how we feel about ourselves. Being kind feels good, and raises our body’s vibration! If you find yourself in a bad mood, just doing something good for someone else can instantly make you feel a little better. Looking for ideas? Check out these random act of kindness ideas.

New Year’s Intention: Choose To Be Happy

Choose Happiness. I make it a point to start my day with reminders of why I love my life. Enjoying the moments and being grateful makes you a happier, healthier person. Your daily routine makes up most of your life, so why not add these little tips to make your habits and routines a little more enjoyable- Daily Routine For A Happier Life!

New Year’s Intention: Self Love

Love Myself More. It all starts with self-love. It’s the key to feeling great, being happy and loving your life. How can you truly love life, if you don’t even love yourself? Try these affirmations for self love to help remind you of how worthy you really are!

New Year’s Intention: Live In The Moment

Live In The Moment. This year, get off autopilot and live intentionally! We all end up on autopilot from time to time, but many of us are stuck on default. We go through our daily routine mindlessly, instead of mindfully. When you choose to be more aware of every moment and do it with more care, joy and purpose, you end up enjoying the routine so much more. Check out these live in the moment quotes for inspiration.

New Year’s Intention: Be Grateful

Be Thankful. Gratefulness is a high vibration energy. It feels so good to be thankful. So, how do you practice gratitude more often? Try starting your day off with a gratitude journal. I know what you’re thinking- I don’t have time for that. But it can be just 3 things. Just write down three things you are thankful for each morning and that one little thing can set you up for a positive day! Or try these gratitude journal prompts.

New Year’s Intention: Spend Mindful

Spend Mindfully. This past year I have changed my money mindset and it has helped me immensely. I have managed to attract more money and save! Paying more attention to my spending habits and how I feel about money in general has been a huge help. Check out my post on money mindset!

New Year’s Intention: Take Care Of My Body

Take Better Care Of My Body. Treating your body as a whole and taking care of yourself inside and out. Try intuitive eating for healthy weight loss. Another thing I need to work on is boredom eating.

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New Year’s Intention: Read

Read More Books. I love reading self growth books that remind me to keep a positive mindset. I’ll be adding a few more books to my list this year. One of my favourite authors is Gabby Bernstein.

How To Keep Your New Year’s Intentions

Plan Ahead. First things first, you’ll need a plan. Use a planner or calendar to help you keep track of weekly and monthly goals and to track progress.

Check out my free downloads page to find a Free Printable Weekly Calendar.

Be Clear. The first step is to be clear with your intentions. Define what you intend to do in as much detail as you can come up with.

Write It Down. Writing your goals down helps you keep track of them and can inspire more ideas and motivation. It also helps keep you accountable. I usually like to wake up early in the morning and write in my journal. Check out my 365 journal prompts for inspiration.

Set SMART Goals. Smart goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound.

Journal. Journaling is a great way to stop and actually think about what you want. Writing it down helps you organize your thoughts and goals and can inspire new goals and motivation. You can also look back and see how far you’ve come. Check out my post on journaling for self love.

Visualize It. Visualizing helps you get excited, which raises your body’s vibrational energy and makes you feel good. This keeps you motivated toward your goal and helps attract positive opportunities along the way!

Use Affirmations. Positive affirmations can improve your mindset, and this is a huge factor in how motivated you feel to continue to work toward your goals! Here are some affirmations for anxiety and affirmations for kids.

Create A Vision Board. Vision boards or as I like to call them- manifestation boards, are a great manifestation tool. People use them for all kinds of goals from travel, career and love!

Wrapping Up My New Year’s Intentions

Every year is your year if you make it so! Setting New Year’s intentions can help you reach your goals with the right mindset.

Happy New Year!

Steph Social

Steph is a spiritual writer from Canada. She is a former journalist and magazine writer, who later went on to study the spiritual side of life. She shares her knowledge of manifesting and the law of attraction to help others change their lives through affirmations, self care, journaling, meditation and intentional living! Also- an INFJ, Reflector and empath so you'll find a lot of personality type stuff here too:)


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  2. Such a helpful post! I completely agree that it’s important to be intentional with the goals we are setting and that they should be something we want to do. It’s so much easier to be motivated that way. Resolutions never worked for me either. Many of your gaols are the ones I’m focussing on this year too and love your tips on setting SMART goals!

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