Before You Make Resolutions…

How to Set Intentions that are Energetically Aligned

(for the New Year and Always)

So tell me: How far along are you with writing your New Year’s Resolutions?

Can I stop you and offer some helpful re-direction for the process?

Here’s the thing: Now is a great time to reflect on your life and on what you want to create and on who you want to be. And it is a great time to use that knowledge to fuel changes in behavior. New Year’s Eve is a helpful reminder to do this work.

However, most of us have unhelpful practices in place for doing this work.

First, we think back on the past year and make lists of what we didn’t achieve. Then, we add those things to a list of resolutions for the new year. It’s a process that often feeds the inner critic and demoralizes the self. See, looking back doesn’t move life forward.

Consider shifting from Resolutions to Intentions. 

It’s the difference between the urge to Re-Solve and the ability to In-Tend. One looks backward and tries to solve a problem. The other tunes In and invites you to Tend to your energy so that you can clear blocks and align your actions with your intentions (thus creating coherence).

For Example…

Resolution: Lose weight by exercising 5 days/week and eating healthy.

Intention: Honor my body.

Here’s the difference. When my intention is to honor my body, then my whole life can fall into alignment with that intention. I can ask myself “does this align with my intention?” on an ongoing basis (and about everything I do and say and believe). Like this:

Does it align with my intention to honor my body?

  • Work overtime this week at my computer? (NO)
  • Meditate this morning (YES)
  • Drive to work instead of riding my bike? (NO)
  • Shop at the Farmer’s Market (YES)
  • Buy those high heels (NO)
  • Go to yoga class (YES)
  • Watch t.v. (NO)
  • Reduce stress (YES)
  • Look at fashion magazines (NO)
  • Insist on relationships, partners and lovers that honor my body (YES)
  • Smoke this cigarette? (NO)
  • Invest in healing practitioners (YES)

Part of what makes it different from a resolution is that it can continue to unfold in new ways each day.

Let’s be intentional about the New Year. I’d love to hear, what intention are you working with?


It is also worth noting that I now offer personalized meditations. With this offer, I can personally help you set powerful, customized intentions for the exact life you’re trying to manifest. Click here for information about Personalized Manifestation Meditations.

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