"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me."
Most of us have a difficult time when it comes to new year's resolutions. Maybe you keep trying to complete the same few goals year after year. Maybe you're just sick and tired of how your life is going and don't seem to have the extra drive to create another list. But no matter how you feel about them, setting intentions as the New Year approaches is a smart idea for a balanced life.
There's a reason traditional resolutions don't stick. Things like losing weight or paying off debt are great goals. But it can be hard to muster up passion for each. If you really want to reach new heights, consider writing your goals with more heart and intention. Focus on the feelings you want to feel in the New Year and the big picture.
If you want to feel more alive and present in your life, consider adding a few of the following to your list:
1. Release items in your life that don't make you happy. Purge your surroundings.
2. Live less out of habit and focus on what's important.
3. Raise your standards for yourself and your family.
4. Look for the good in others instead of focusing on the bad.
5. Be OK with not being OK.
6. Look in the mirror and only notice your great points.
7. Be kind to yourself when you're learning something new.
8. Be OK with not knowing. Learn to love the journey.
9. Stop apologizing to everyone for every little thing.
10. Let love guide you.
11. Stop rushing things that take time.
12. Know the difference between giving up and knowing when you've had enough. Let enough be enough.
13. Travel to that place you keep thinking about. It's in your heart for a reason.
14. Trust yourself more.
15. Let go of who you think you are so you become who you want to be.
16. Be thankful each day when you get up in the morning. Say your affirmations.
17. Don't worry about how your life looks. Instead, focus on how it feels.
18. Invite your inner child out to play daily.
19. Eat less food. We really don't need that much.
20. Stop trying so hard to get to where you think you should be and start noticing you are exactly where you need to be.