Last year I decided to forget about setting my regular New Year’s resolutions. For me resolutions started to feel more like pointless, empty promises.
At the beginning of this year, I sat down for a while with just my thoughts in an attempt to figure out what exactly I wanted to do. The previous year (2017), I had gone through so many transitions and felt kind of lost when it came to my career. I was so defeated by the lack of compelling jobs and felt like I was being pulled in 10 different directions.
At the beginning of the year I gave myself the impossible task of 1. figuring out what I wanted to do and 2. coming up with a plan for how I would achieve that. Without even realizing it (until a few months ago) that’s exactly what I did.
I think the idea of setting an intention seems a little less scary than a resolution. Telling yourself you want something to happen and putting that energy into the universe and working towards it. I took the time to do some research about intentions and thought I would take a minute to share what I found, and why everyone should start implementing the practice into their everyday lives.
“While you can set an intention to be productive, you'll find more power in stating an intention to open your mind and heart to the thinking that will result in higher productivity and other desirable states. “ -Marla Tabaka (Setting Goals Isn't Enough: Setting Daily Intentions Will Change Your Life)
Setting intentions is all about being in a mindset to work towards your goals. For example, and intention that I set for myself this year was to work on my content creation and practice my photography, videography, and editing. Already I’ve gone out of my comfort zone and pushed myself to come up with video video concepts and have taken pictures almost every single day. It’s something small but I know that working on this a little bit everyday will definitely help me improve on my skills. Setting that intention is different than me making the resolution that I’ll take pictures every day- which I have done in the past- and personally it just hasn’t worked for me.