When we set an intention, we identify an end goal. This simple practice orients us on the right path. We can take this abstract concept a bit further by thinking about the actions needed to reach that end goal. The trick here is to come up with manageable steps that induce the right circumstances to deliver us to our goal. Recite a daily affirmation stating the action you will take or the refrain that you will abide by. The most effective way to do so is by making the promise for only one day, not a week, not a month, not a year. Simplistic yet magically effective. When you wake up, recite your well-crafted affirmation, “Only for today, I will … [insert the action you want to do or avoid here],” and repeat it three times with intent, reflection, and awareness.
If your affirmation doesn’t work for you that day; then simply go back to it the next day. However, if day after day the affirmation does not bring about the anticipated result, then you should reexamine your affirmation. For example, come up with yet smaller or simpler steps to take. If you are still unsuccessful, then you should reflect on the intention itself. Once you find your rhythm, remember to strike that balance between intention, acceptance, and contentment. As for me, my New Year resolution is to make a daily resolution!
Happy 2018 to you and yours.