“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

Many people routinely make New Year’s resolutions. But often we can’t keep those resolutions after a couple of months into the new year. An alternate tradition might be to set intentions instead of resolutions. Most New Year’s resolutions revolve around things we know we should be doing anyway, whether it is regarding our health, habits of daily life, how we are treating people in our family or circle of friends, etc.

When you set an intention, the idea is to manifest something that you want to take place in your life. It is a call to action and often marks the beginning of a dream or desire. Our intentions can have to do with things such as relationships, self-improvement, health, different attitudes at work, etc., and affect our emotional, physical, or psychological selves. An intention is a positive call to action about something you want to do, rather than something you don’t want to do but feel that you “should” be doing.

 

Thoughts From Dr. Wayne Dyer on Resolutions

Forget about those New Year’s resolutions in which you decide on the first day of January how you will be conducting your life in September, some nine months later. Here’s why: any resolution that involves you making decisions about long-range upcoming behavior reinforces the self-defeating notion of living in the future rather than in the present moment.

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You might consider that if you choose to live by intention, you give yourself credit for doing the best you can to take steps toward reaching something that would have real meaningful in your life, not based on what you think “should” be taking place, but on where you envision yourself being at some point in the future. Setting intentions encourages you to continually take at least baby steps, always in the direction of where you want to be sometime in the coming year, without setting a hard “deadline” for yourself.