I don’t know about you, but I have a severe reaction to the question, “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” Memories come flooding back of past resolutions that I haven’t even come close to fulfilling. That, alone, is not a positive start to the year.

So, here are 5 easy tips to creating “Intentions” that you will be able to honor past the first week of January.

1. Find a word that fits for you. If the word resolution triggers you like it does me, pick a word that works for you…intention, goal, desire, etc.

2. Do something you really want to do rather than something you feel you should do. We all know that it’s much more fun and easy to do something we want to do.

3. Set yourself up for success by keeping your intentions simple and realistic. For example, don’t commit to working out 7 days a week when you haven’t been to the gym since 1999. Commit to working out 1 or 2 days a week. That way, if you happen to go more than that, you can feel extra successful rather than feeling like a failure.

4. Write the intention in a positive manner. For example, instead of saying that you want to stop eating sugar and drinking caffeine, say that you want to eat healthier.

5. Write it down. When we write our intentions, they become more concrete.

These tips may seem blatantly obvious and that’s because they are. As humans, we always make things harder than they should be. So, keep it simple, and I promise you’ll be successful.

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