Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.
Each January is when people usually set resolutions, and although there is nothing wrong with making them, I would like to encourage you to set meaningful and rewarding intentions instead. As Neale Donald Walsch said, “your life proceeds out of your intentions for it.”
The way I set my New Year’s intentions is asking first what can stay in my life and what must be released. When I find the answers, the questions then become: Where I want to be? What I want to accomplish? What I want to do? How I want to feel?
Because between setting a goal and staying on track, we tend to flub-up; I apply a method called Implementation Intentions in which I set out in advance the action I’m going to take to achieve my goals; when to take it; and how to deal with possible obstacles. The plan is: If (x situation arrives), then I will (behavior I intend to take to reach my goals).
For example, let's say you want to reduce your sugar consumption; your implementation intention becomes: "If I get a craving for sugar, then I will drink a glass of water and eat a handful of pecans". Let's suppose your goal is to save $3,000 this year; your implementation intention becomes: "If I am paying my bills, then I will pay myself 10% from my paycheck to deposit into my savings account." It is an excellent tool not only to help us to reach our intentions for the year ahead, but to help us to achieve our daily goals as well.
No one has the key to your success but you. What’s next? What’s your heart telling you? Be brave. Focus on what you want; set your intentions; create a vision board; say your affirmations; vividly visualize your success and add the feeling of having what you want. Be determined to make your dreams a reality and have faith that everything will work out in the right way, at the right time. A powerful new beginning is here! Can you feel it?