Setting Intentions in the New Year

January is here! Maybe you were planning for it weeks in advance, or may it crept up on you out of nowhere, but whether you made your resolutions for the year already or not, there’s still plenty of time to choose what you want this year to be about and set you intentions rather than just letting the year happen to you in a blur. 

Being intentional doesn’t mean that you have to follow a rigid plan of action. It doesn’t mean that you can’t change direction over the year as life happens. Being intentional means that you are shifting from passive to active engagement with life, from victim to victor, from wasted time and energy of being pulled all over the place to maximized living from having focus. 

Some would say a failure to plan is a plan to fail, but setting intention is more about believing that you will tend to go in the direction you face and then purposely choosing where to look. The New Year can toss us to and fro and leave us feeling chaotic, setting intention gives us a bearing to follow through the storms. 

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”

― G.K. Chesterton

Setting intention isn’t about another to-do to add to the list, it’s about protecting your peace and giving yourself clear boundaries to what gets a “no” this year, and what gets a “yes”.

This round up has 24 posts that will help you set your intention for the new year in what ever areas you want to focus.

New Year Intention Round Up

Choosing a Word or Theme for the Year

Identifying Themes in Your Life Worth Living For

A Theme of Belief

A Word You Carry With You

One Word: Abide

Making Resolutions

Restart Your Resolution + Free Workbook

Resolving to Rest

Resolutions as an Act of Worship

Resolutions for Couples

Setting Goals for the Year

Top view 2019 goals list with notebook over wooden white desk

How to Set Goals that Get Results

Tips for Goal Setting + Free Worksheets

More and Less Goals

Setting Goals with Confidence + Free Printable

Getting Organized in the New Year

My Secret for Planning Success

Letting Go of the Things that are Owning You

Fresh Space: Clean Out Your Closet

Why Planning is an Act of Love

Organize Your Life + 21 Free Printables

Getting Healthy in the New Year

Building a Better Breakfast

Body Coaching: Losing Weight through Positive Self-Talk

Healthy and Whole 

10 Rules for Eating Healthy and Clean

Growing Spiritually in the New Year

Hands Down, Hands Up Prayer

Monthly Bible Verses for 2019

Keys to Inner Healing Mini-Course

Six Spiritual Goals for the New Year

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