This is the time of the year when we historically look to make resolutions. "This year I am going to [fill in the blank with stop smoking, lose weight, leave my job, etc.]." The resolutions are usually built around disappointment with ourselves (I'm fat) or are a punishment (I love to smoke, but it is bad for me so I have to stop). We tackle our resolutions with a vengeance. We beat ourselves into submission. We guilt ourselves into making changes. We berate our current state and then set lofty unreachable ideals. And, usually in a few days, weeks, or if we are a rare bird, months, we drop our resolutions. Instead, what if this year you set intentions?
Intentions are a powerful tool. They are based in desire, wishes, and joy instead of resolutions' "shoulds," "have tos," and deprivation.