Embracing Intentionality: A Guide to Restarting and Resetting Your Goals

Fresh Start on A New Year

As February rolls around, many find themselves faltering in their New Year’s resolutions, succumbing to the pull of old habits and routines. It’s a common phenomenon, one that often leads to feelings of disappointment and frustration. However, the transition into February doesn’t have to mark the end of your aspirations for the year. Instead, it can serve as an opportunity to reset and reignite your commitment to personal growth and improvement.

While some people set traditional New Year’s resolutions, others, like myself, prefer to focus on setting intentions. The distinction lies in the approach: resolutions tend to be rigid, concrete goals that are often abandoned at the first sign of difficulty, while intentions are more fluid and adaptable, rooted in the daily practice of mindfulness and self-reflection.

Setting intentions involves cultivating a deep awareness of how you want to show up in the world each day. It’s about consciously choosing the feelings, attitudes, and behaviors that align with your values and aspirations. Unlike resolutions, which are often centered around achieving specific outcomes, intentions prioritize the journey over the destination, emphasizing the importance of process and growth.


One of the most powerful ways to set intentions is through journaling. Taking a few moments each morning to reflect on your intentions for the day can help you cultivate a sense of clarity and purpose. Begin by identifying how you want to feel — whether it’s happy, fulfilled, or centered — and then consider what actions or behaviors will help you embody those feelings.

For example, your intention for the day might be to complete a task, move a project forward, or simply find moments of joy and gratitude amidst the chaos of daily life. By infusing your intentions with meaning and purpose, you create a roadmap for living with greater mindfulness and intentionality.

It’s important to remember that setting intentions is not just about creating a to-do list; it’s about fostering a deeper connection with yourself and the world around you. By inviting the support of the universe, your Higher Self, or whatever higher power you believe in, you acknowledge that you are part of something greater than yourself — a vast, interconnected web of energy and possibility.


Gratitude is another essential component of the intention-setting process. By acknowledging and appreciating the blessings in your life, no matter how small, you cultivate a mindset of abundance and fulfillment. Whether it’s the warmth of the sun on your skin or the simple pleasure of clean feet, practicing gratitude can help shift your perspective and open your heart to the richness of the present moment.

As we enter the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, there is a sense of optimism and renewal in the air. While none of us can predict the future with certainty, we can approach each day with a spirit of curiosity and possibility, trusting that our intentions will guide us toward greater fulfillment and success.

So, if you’ve found yourself slipping back into old habits or struggling to stay on course with your goals, take heart. The journey towards personal transformation is not always linear, and setbacks are a natural part of the process. Instead of dwelling on past failures or missed opportunities, use this moment as an opportunity to reset and recalibrate your intentions.

Ask yourself:

What do I want to create in my life? How do I want to show up in the world?

By tapping into the power of intentionality, you can reclaim agency over your choices and chart a course toward a future that aligns with your deepest desires and aspirations.

Ultimately, the most important thing is not whether you set resolutions or intentions, but rather the degree of mindfulness and presence you bring to each moment. By cultivating a daily practice of intention-setting and gratitude, you can harness the transformative power of the present moment and create a life that is rich, meaningful, and aligned with your truest self.

Wishing you bliss and love on life’s journey, Beth

Best Selling Author of Angels, Herpes and Psychedelics: Unraveling the Mind to Unveil Illusions.

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