If you are anything like most Americans who have made them, you are rapidly approaching the point where most people start to give up on their New Year's resolutions.
After about a week, you realize that giving up the things you like (namely food and/or alcohol) isn't really that fun and you don't want to keep doing it.
Personally, I don't think resolutions are that great of an idea, because they almost always end in failure. And usually, you feel like you have to wait to restart your resolution again at the beginning of the NEXT year.
So, in other words, your resolution never really comes to pass.
So, how about you get rid of resolutions altogether and think about your intention for the coming year?
Your intention can be simple--it can be one word that you come back to all year. One word that will guide you through all of the choices you make during the next 12 months.
For example, my word for 2018 was "rest".
So during 2018, everything I did (or didn't do) was based on the idea of resting. This meant that I said no to things that caused me too much stress or that I didn't want to do. I passed on doing more than I needed to.
And I was okay with this because I knew that there would be years where my word would not be rest, and in those years, I would do more.
It's all about balance.
The idea of having a word that guides you through the year can really help you stay focused on what you mean to achieve.
But remember, your word should always be a positive adjective or verb. It should be an action or describe the action you wish to take.
In the end, you'll find that this will be much easier to sustain than a resolution that is often misguided and poorly planned.
And you'll be happier at the end of the year when you were actually able to follow through on your intentions.
What's your word for 2020?