The Art of setting Intentions instead of Resolutions for the New Year! (How-to)

“Did you know in a study recently taken it was found only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year’s Resolution. Resolutions can be boxed in and have negative connotations”

By focusing our energy on fixing the things that are ‘wrong’ with us it’s inevitable that we will eventually meet with anxiety, depression and failure. So many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them, eventually draining them of the vital energy required to live. Compact this with a resolution that constantly reminds us of our shortcomings and you can see how these new goals last a very short amount of time. Let’s take a minute to break it down.

The Resolution of losing weight implies that you are currently overweight and triggers a chain of negative thoughts and even visualisations that ensue every time you go to try to do something about it. No wonder they don’t work! These constant reminders of what we are lacking only work to charge self-criticism.


Resolution: Lose Weight  

Intention: I choose to find ways to enjoy being active and healthy

Resolution: Be more organized

Intention: Create spaces that allow peace and happiness to flow freely

By setting intentions we are programming our minds with positive mantras and affirmations that return the life experiences we seek. So by this I am referring to positive self talk that guides us in how we want to live and engage with the world. Setting intentions is not something we should only think about once at the beginning of the year like a resolution. It is something that we should repeat to ourselves daily to ensure we don’t stray from our path and are always checking in to make sure than our thoughts and our actions are in line with our intentions.


1. Find a quiet place to still the mind

It is ideal that when we plant the seed of intention that we are in a restful space where your awareness remains focused on what you are trying to manifest. And remember Intention is much more powerful when it comes from a place of contentment than if it arises from a sense of lack or need so try to make it a frequent ritual that is not only spawn when you are feeling negative or upset. I find either before or after meditation or in the morning whilst having your morning coffee is the best way to start the day.

 2. Develop a positive Intention

Before you state your intention it’s important to think about a few things:

-What is it that I really seek?

-Is it this or something else?

-Is it based on want or sense of lack?

-What would help me to be a better version of myself?

Questions like this will help you help you to turn negative phrased aspirations into positive goals. For example instead of focusing on the need for more money your intention could be ‘Prosperity flows through me and my needs will be met with ease and grace’. Can you see how this has turned something potentially self- and negative serving into a positive statement that doesn’t actually focus on needing or excess?

3. State your intention aloud and\or write it down

Say your intentions out loud. Voice is an incredible tool that helps to secure the state of the mind. Writing it down is also a fantastic way to manifest, pop these intentions throughout your space to ensure it acts as a reminder to keep your thoughts and actions in line with your intentions. If you are finding it difficult to come up with intentions the STONED CRYSTALS INTENTION CARD DECK is a great tool that allows you to shuffle and choose the message that resonates with you the most on the day.

4. Surrender your intentions to the universe.

The concept of letting go is not an easy thing to do. However, it’s necessary when setting intentions. Guess what? You’re not in control. Embrace it and feel the freedom of not having to try to control everything in your life.