Spring Season: Checking in on your New Year's Intentions

A good nine months ago, I shared my first blog of the year — titled ‘Goodbye Resolutions, Hello New Year’s Intentions’ — originally inspired by the fact that I was seeing so many people share their new year’s resolutions on social media. Here we are marching towards the final quarter of the year already, and in the last few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about checking in on my own new year’s intentions to reflect on them all these months later. I figured that the start of Spring was as good a time as ever to touch base about these, and to encourage other people to join me and do the same. The key is not to judge the overall progress, seeing how many boxes you’ve ticked and being hard on yourself about those you haven’t (yet). It’s simply to reflect on where things stand, where there is room for changes, and to discover small steps that will help you stay on track as we wrap up another year.

Quick Recap: Resolutions vs. Intentions

In the original article, I discussed the key difference between resolutions and intentions for a bit of context. I thought it might be useful to do a quick recap here. The key distinction between the two is that the resolutions are task based, grounded in “I’m doing this” and “I’m not doing that”. Intentions, on the other hand, are softer expressions of hopes and wishes, each of which can be chipped away gradually and without “black or white” thinking. Intentions don’t come with what I call “checklist pressure”; they encourage an unfolding of the things we’d like to manifest in our lives, akin to the Law of Attraction (which I’ve touched on in other articles quite a bit).

Checking In With Your Intentions

So where do things stand with your own new year’s intentions? Carve out 30 minutes in your schedule to go through what you wrote down back in January. Ask yourself if you’re still working towards these actively as a part of your daily routine. If not, don’t worry about discarding your intentions (as would be the case with resolutions, which are readily abandoned, sometimes after just a few days). All you need to do with blind spots is to write down one simple thing you can do to “get back on track” so to speak, as a way to start building some positive momentum. As I’ve said before, and will say again, personal growth is not a straight path. Twists and turns are perfectly normal, and should be gently navigated alongside patience and perseverance in the long run.

Adapting Your Intentions

We live in a world where a lot has changed over the last eighteen months, which required us to learn to live with more flexibility. The same applies to the new year’s intentions you set at the start of the year, some of which might not even be aligned with how you’re feeling anymore. Don’t be shy about adapting, tweaking or completely changing your intentions, based on what you’ve experienced and learned this year. You may want to refine a more broad intention (like “I’d like to invite more creativity in my routine”) to something more concrete based on some of the changes in your life (“I’d like to invite more writing time in my routine”) or simply to transform one that is a little too specific into a more open-ended intention. There are no rules here, no timelines and no deadlines. Intentions are all about feeling, rather than forcing the process with a numbered list.

A View Towards Summer

Spring is generally a time of renewal, presenting an opportunity to check in with yourself about how things are going in your life. In the wake of the pandemic, it’s more important now than ever to check in with yourself about your mental health. It’s always a good idea to add as many personal development tools to your arsenal as you can, making it a bit easier to navigate the ebb and flow of life. Holistic health coaching is one of the tools that can help you to take charge of your personal development as we move from Spring towards Summer this year. If you are looking for some help with getting started on a journey to joy, or are looking at ways to refine your new year’s intentions but aren’t sure how to go about it, I can help you reach that elusive sweet spot. Before you know it, you’ll be tweaking your intentions again as we move into a brand new year cycle.