Intentions, Resolutions and Goals


make it happen There are several schools of thought regarding New Year’s resolutions.  Some people cannot wait to make them, others have given up on them entirely, some are very serious that this is the year they will achieve them, while others make light-hearted, fun resolutions.  Nevertheless, there is something irresistible about a shiny new year, a clean slate, a blank canvas to fill with whatever we choose.

Getting Started

There’s a lot of power in words. Resolutions, intentions, goals-call them what you like.  Personally, I choose intention.  The purposefulness resonates with me.  Don’t you just love being “on purpose” and in the swing of things?  Find the word that feels good to you and go with it.  Next, look at your passion list, not your “should” or “shouldn’t” list.  Create a list of what you want to create in your life for the year.  Listen to what excites you. Don’t “should” all over yourself!  Surprisingly, this is one of the most difficult steps.  Ask most people what they want & they are quick to tell you what they don’t want.

So I have a list, now what?

Wouldn't we all be happy, healthy, thin, & wealthy if all you had to do was make a list?  Set yourself up for success.  Use your list as a roadmap.  Want a more harmonious relationship with your significant other, what’s that look like?  Break it down.  Does it mean you grocery shop together (or not), set up a date night, plan/cook meals together, time to turn everything off & listen to each other?  Flesh out your list, add the details that speak to you.  Once you know the fine points you’re ready to make them a part of your life.  Keep them in front of you by creating a vision board. Schedule your action steps in your calendar.

That’s all there is to it?

Let’s embrace the simplicity.  In a nutshell:

  • Figure out what you want to achieve & make a list. Concentrate on what you do want, not on what you don’t want.
  • Give each item the proper attention & break it down so you know what achieving it entails.
  • Embrace your vision.  Create a vision board, schedule time for visualization.
  • Take action.  Add action steps to your calendar and watch the progress.
  • Be open & mindful to the opportunities that spring up to help you achieve success!

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  1. Jean Kuhn on December 29, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Great blog Teresa.

    I like the word GOALS. Makes me think of Zig Ziglar.

    I love your idea of a passion list.

    • Teresa Cleveland on December 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Jean!

      Isn’t it interesting that when we begin with the should & shouldn’t list how the passion gets driven further and further down? Ever since I have made passion the priority, things flow a lot easier & better. Still have some off days but it sure is easier to get back on track when I’m able to go back to the passion list!

      I’d love it if you stop back and share yours or shoot me an email if you like.

      To quote Zig…”I’ll see you at the top!” 😉

  2. Bill Ellis on December 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Love the topic and the content Teresa. I agree that what we call them doesn’t matter as much as what we do with them. You’ve outlined an approach that will yield results. Thanks – and best to you in the coming year my friend.

    • Teresa Cleveland on December 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Nice to see your smiling face here, Bill! Glad the approach presented met with your approval. One of the nice things about it is that it can be used any time of the year in whatever a person would like to achieve. 😉

      I enjoyed your related blog post, 4 Reasons to Make Resolutions The Write Way and want to share it here for others who stop by to check out. I would go a step further and say 4 Powerful Reasons to Make Resolutions The Write Way!

  3. warren dostie on January 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Teresa! Loved your post. This is all good stuff. The past is the past and the future is awesome – but only if you list it.. and I personally tipped one for ole Zig last night….

    • Teresa Cleveland on January 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Warren! Wishing you an awesome 2013!!

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