Sitting here on the precipice of a new year, I have no doubt that you’ve already begun to form new goals and plans for the year ahead.
It’s what we do!
But I want you to take a moment to think back to this time last year and ponder on the goals you set for 2022.
Did you nail them? Or were they forgotten by February?
Is that what happened the year before? And the year before that?
Are you over it and ready to try a new approach that will have you sitting here in one year full of pride and empowerment that you actually followed through?
There’s a formula, a recipe of sorts, and it made all the difference in how I approached the year ahead.
It starts by shifting how we verbalize what we are setting out to do. A resolution, even a goal, can be things we say without a plan to follow it up.
I want to encourage you to, instead, commit to setting an intention. The definition of intention is “an aim or a plan.” Wow, that feels a LOT different already.
So let’s dive in!
Step 1. Before we look forward, we have to look back.
Think back to this time last year. Have you accomplished what you set out to do? If not, why? Was it lack of discipline? Lack of accountability?
Whatever it was, THAT needs to be part of your intention. If it was lack of accountability, you need to make accountability part of your intention.
So if your resolution was to have a smaller waist (waist circumference is directly linked to cardiovascular health), and you feel you didn’t accomplish it because of lack of accountability, then your new intention would be to to build accountability around your waist loss.
Step 2. Map out HOW you’ll get there.
Now that we are clear on what it is we want to do, and what may have been missing to prevent us from getting there by now, it’s time to get specific.
Going back to our analogy, what accountability will you put in place to ensure a successful outcome.
Is it that friend who always holds your feet to the fire? You know the one. She doesn’t let you make excuses and will commit to checking in on you.
Is it a coach that you need? A group with a coach for maximum accountability?
Map out what it will take and HOW you will implement what it will take.
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Step 3. Tell EVERYONE
In over 30 years in this field, those who nail their intentions are those who tell everyone what they intend to do. Remember, an intention is an aim or plan.
Part of the plan is not keeping it to yourself or only mentioning it to that one friend you know will never ask you about it again.
It’s going all in and allowing a bit of healthy pressure.
I mentioned on my podcast in November when I turned 50 that one of my intentions for 2023 was to learn rhythmic skating. I’ve skated my whole life but really want this specific skill.
Had I not said it so publicly, it would be easy to let life get in the way and convince myself I’ll do it the next year.
But now, there is an expectation many will have to see my progress. Which is a pretty powerful form of accountability.
You don’t have to start a podcast to announce it to the world, but tell as many people who will listen and watch the shift it creates!
With these 3 ingredients in place, your intentions will be in the forefront of your mind week after week, instead of falling into the sea of forgetfulness within a month or two.
You’ve now taken aim, have formed a plan, and are ready to create new legacy of fulfilling your new intentions!
I love hearing from you in my Dms on IG so shoot me a message telling me what your intentions are for 2023!