Resolutions or Intentions?

Do you make resolutions or do you set personal or business intentions?  As the old saying goes, most resolutions are ‘out the window’ by the end of January.  But how about intentions?

I love what Raylene Ewing, practitioner of our church posted in our January newsletter:

Resolutions require willpower; intentions require only willingness. I haven’t made a New Years resolution in nine years. Instead it has been my practice to set intentions. I’ve been playing with this practice for nearly a decade, and what I’ve learned is that intentions work….

Resolutions can be very vague, without form and unmeasurable.  Climbing to Goal 1Whereas, intentions are a determination to act in a specific way; anything intended; purpose (Webster’s New World Compact Desk Dictionary).

Purpose …. what purpose do you intent for yourself and/or your business in 2014?

Some examples may be like the following:

  • Grow my business by 25% in 2014
  • Develop my ‘special (you fill in the blank)’ project, class, blog, etc.
  • Contact 2 new wholesale customers per month during the year
  • Create 12 new products

Whereas, resolution normally involve changing a negative attribute (such as, I will stop eating foods that are bad for me), intentions lists the direction you want your business to grow and evolve.  Or at least, I have found that to be true.

Once you set your intentions (or goals, if you prefer that terminology) and turn your mind in that direction, all kinds of things can happen.

W. H. Murray described it beautifully in his comments concerning the Scottish Himalayan Expedition:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too . A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!’

Are you committed to your intentions/goals for your business in 2014?

My friend, Raylene, concluded her article with the following:

Prepare for the journey by setting powerful intentions, being in a receptive state of willingness, and choosing a guide who will serve as sacred witness and spiritual coach.

I am looking forward to great thinks happening in 2014.  How about you?

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