Earlier this week (2nd Jan 2019), I was invited on BBC Radio for an interview with Sam & Liesje to talk about Vision Boards, Goal Setting and “New Year Resolutions”. The interview was a lot of fun and I enjoyed sharing my expert tips on all things personal development and events.
One of the first things we discussed on the radio show was New Year Resolutions vs New Year Intentions. Over the years, I have observed that when it come to New Year Resolutions, lots of people tend to tighten up around this concept. The word ‘resolution’ comes from the noun ‘resolve’. Resolving something usually suggests that there is a problem/something is wrong. This automatically triggers the brain/psyche in a negative way. I mean, let’s face it… No one enjoys problems, especially when these problems are personal to them, right? So I am not surprised by people’s flippant attitude towards this concept.
So I thought okay, how about changing the word ‘resolutions’ to INTENTIONS instead… Ahhhh, now doesn’t that sound better?
“I intend to lose weight” vs “I need to resolve my weight problem”
“I intend to travel the world” vs “I need to resolve my problem of not travelling the world”
Do you see the difference? Not only is it positive self talk which I strongly coach in my workshops but, it’s also a goal focused statement which the mind is highly likely to respond to positively therefore, making it more likely to stick to the intention and achieve the goal.