Happy New Year!
I expect like most of us, you have made lots of New Year’s resolutions, but if you’re anything like me you usually find most of those have gone out of the window by week two. I have stopped doing this as I realised it wasn’t serving my well-being, and I’d like to explain why.
Now, I like to think about the goals set in the New Year not as resolutions, but as intentions. Often, we make the same list of resolutions each year which are framed in a very negative way. Take the example of a classic New Year’s resolution – ‘I want to lose weight’ – this sends a message to your subconscious that says ‘I am not acceptable as I am’. This will only serve to make you feel bad about yourself, making you unlikely to make those positive choices that help you to reach a healthy weight. Whereas if you set your intention to ‘I am going to look after my body by feeding it healthy foods’ you are giving yourself positive feedback, enhancing your feelings of well-being and making you more likely to succeed.
Try reframing your intentions to what it is you want to create in your life rather than focusing on the negative. Does this new way feel better to you? Only when you feel empowered will you be able to gain the momentum to see positive changes.
Wishing all of you a joyous and prosperous 2016 full of amazing health and wellbeing.