This year we’ve noticed that there’s been a shift toward letting go of New Year’s resolutions and embracing intentions instead. What’s the big deal – why set an intention rather than a resolution? Turns out most of us are pretty decent at setting resolutions but not so good at…sticking to them. There are lots of theories around this and the past we have written about ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions, which you can read here and here.

The biggest difference with an intention however is that it acts like more a guide for a process rather than a goal-oriented mission. For example, a New Year’s resolution might be to lose 20 pounds. An intention might be to practice better self-care with healthy eating. Rather than fixating on numbers and a goal, the intention is set around specific changes that are more focused on the process itself. Most likely, you’re going to lose weight if you eat healthier. Or at maybe you even just start to feel better when you eat healthy and the number on the scale becomes irrelevant altogether. See the shift? It’s a lot easier to practice small changes with that kind of thinking. So often what gets us off track from a goal is we don’t enjoy the actual process. Intention setting can reframe things so the process itself becomes the focus and the end results are just icing on the cake.

Already thinking about ways to change those resolutions into intentions? Awesome. Now, what if we told you there was really only one intention you need for 2017? No, really. There’s one intention that can help you get healthier, lesson anxiety and depression, save you money, help you earn more money, and enrich your life in almost every way. No, really. It’s setting an intention to become more mindful. That’s it. No other course of action needed. However, that means before taking any action whatsoever you have to take the time to become aware – aware of your thoughts, what’s going on and why you are about to do whatever your about to do. You can do it periodically, sporadically even throughout the day. The best part is, the more you practice it the easier it is to do and the more likely you are to see change in your life.

Here are some examples of what it is and how it works:

So, that’s certainly our intention for 2017. What do you think? Want to try being more mindful in this new year? Share your thoughts or experience with us on Facebook or Twitter.