Tired of resolutions that fail? Learn how to live intentionally to reach your goals this year!
After the bubbly has been popped and the black-eyed peas have been eaten, it’s time to get started on those resolutions. Unless, of course, you didn’t make any. Instead, Mr. Table and I have set some goals and laid out our intentions for the new year.
The other day I was reading an article on how to make your home look like it was decorated expensively on a budget … #postgradprobs. The key was not to buy expensive things but to buy everything intentionally. No matter how much you paid for a piece, if it looks like it belongs, it will look more expensive. That’s to say, if you put it there on purpose, it looks much fancier than if you throw together various objects bought on a whim or donated by the family.
It got me thinking about how the same principle can be applied to the rest of your life. To make your life look the way you want, you’ve got to be intentional. No matter if your goals are health, financial, happiness or business-related, you’ll get there much faster if you live intentionally to get there. This is exactly why most resolutions fail. We essentially make a broad wish like ‘lose weight ‘get healthy,’ etc, and make no plans for how to get there.
So how do we live intentionally? Intentions work with goals. And it comes with some discipline and sacrifice. For example, Mr. Table and I had a goal last year of buying a house once I graduated from my master’s program and we moved out of Dallas. We had to live our daily lives with that end goal in mind, and we had to sacrifice a little in order to get there. We lived in one of the most expensive cities in Texas, so that meant we had to skip eating out and cook at home 95% of the time. We skipped vacations. We carefully budgeted each month and couldn’t just buy things on a whim. And you know what? We bought a house this year. It felt amazing.
So start with your goal. Ask yourself which actions are bringing you closer to that goal and which are moving you farther away. Then act accordingly. Is your goal to eat healthier? Each time you make a healthier food choice, you get a little closer to your goal, so increase those actions. Decrease the actions that move you away from your goal. Bad day? Before you binge on Ben & Jerry’s, ask yourself if that will help you reach your goal. No? Find a better way to cope, like calling a friend, exercising, or taking a bubble bath. It’s all about being intentional with your actions, not doing things compulsively.
What are your goals and intentions for the new year? Let me know in the comments below!