Another new year is upon us and many of us have the impulse to draw up great plans of the new people we're going to become: five pounds lighter, run every day, read a new book every month. Maybe you aim even higher: Learn a new language! Become a vegan! We attempt to keep these resolutions, but little by little they slip to the side.
So we're going to try something new this year: throw out the resolutions. Forget 'em!
“Our minds love to linger in the past and jump ahead to the future; resolutions only help encourage that behavior. They are always related to a fear from a conditioned past or a worry about the future,” says Los Angeles-based spiritual teacher and author Chandresh Bhardwaj.
So before you start goal-setting for 2016 and making resolutions your probably won't keep, try sitting with your ideas and thoughts for a while. Now, instead of setting resolutions, set an intention. Make sure that it is practical and achievable within a month or two. Keep that intention top of mind. Be present.
If you're just entirely too Type A and need to set resolutions for 2016, go ahead. But instead of setting them and forgetting them, write down actionable steps to achieve those goals. Break them down week-by-week, or even day-by-day. Say your goal is to get in better shape this year, maybe you start with booking two Mantra classes at the beginning of the week and actually going. Then reset with a new, achievable goal for the next week. These steps will help you stay on the right path to completing those resolutions!