Resolutions are meant to make us better people. Goals and dreams are set into our hearts to guide us on this journey. Listen to your spirit when setting your intentions for the new year.
Okay so you want to be size six, never eat donuts again, and travel to Malaysia…
Looking at your goals, why is that your resolution? Why do you want to lose weight? Get in shape? Eat better? Travel? Be kinder? Start a business? Change your life? Once you see those answers clearly you will find the passion that will drive them. Your passion and your clarity will make it manifest. Simple phrases and ideas will do nothing but flutter away in the new year’s wind.
Be clear. “I want to pay off 5% of our debt this year. I want to pay off debt because it is keeping us from living the life we want and causes undue stress on our relationship. I will start a Dave Ramsey debt snowball (pay off one debt, then use that money to add to another debt, and keep it rolling!) and get the small loan and half of the car paid off.
Now I must make that designated money untouchable. It cannot be used to buy donuts or go to Malaysia.
The key to this is one moment at a time. I can get myself so worked up over food choices that by day three I am out at an all-you-can-eat buffet. One meal. Plan one day’s worth of healthy food. Save a few bills at a time in an envelope for an emergency fund. Plan a reasonable budget and stick with it. Dedicate time to meditate and do yoga in the morning. But don’t forget why those things are intentions.
Why do you want to set your resolutions? What passion drives them?