There is no better time to reflect on your growth than at the beginning of the New Year. This is a great opportunity to look back over the past 12 months. You can reflect on what you’ve accomplished, what may have not gone entirely to plan and where you want to be this time next year. 

When reflecting on the past year it is important to think about how you overcame the challenges you faced and how they helped you grow as a person. Here at MotivatePT we have been reflecting on our personal and fitness journeys we’ve taken over the past year and are thinking about our plans and goals for 2020. 

Setting intentions helps us to feel like we have a purpose and are working towards a better life for ourselves. Intentions are not New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions put pressure on us and when you don’t accomplish that goal you may feel disappointed and disheartened. Setting intentions can help you to improve your life and achieve your goals while not putting too much pressure on yourself. New Year’s resolutions and goals tend to have an external outcome whereas intentions are more internal and help you feel like you have a purpose.

What to think about when setting intentions: 

  1. What in your life is going right at the moment? 
  2. What is not going right and where can you make changes to turn these into positive outcomes? 
  3. What are you passionate about? Look at your hobbies and what you enjoy and think about how you can start to integrate these passions into your everyday life. 

When setting intentions you want your wording to be positive and not have negative implications. This way you will be more likely to keep your intentions since they will create a positive mindset for you. So instead of saying “I want to lose weight” you should change it to “I need to practice self-care daily” or if you want to buy a car, you can change your mindset from “I need to save money” to “I need to be more disciplined with my finances”. Making these small changes to your wording and mindset is the difference between goals/resolutions and intentions.