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This is the time of year we reflect on the past and think about new year’s resolutions and what we desire to do differently.  Being intentional as we enter the new year is a thoughtful and proactive approach to shaping our experiences and maybe even changing our perspectives.

That is my word for 2024…Intentional.

Many times, we start the new year with an unrealistic to do list or we say we want to make a lot of changes and we get overwhelmed early in the year and give up. That is also because people tend to not like change, even when it is good for them.

Most of us stay in our comfort zone…that is why we will give up and go back to it. Our comfort zone, by the way, is guided by our subconscious mind. Our subconscious’s job, however, is to keep us safe. It keeps our autonomic nervous system, like breathing, heartbeat, blood circulation, digestion, etc. functioning for us to survive. It is our survival mechanism which keeps us playing it safe and  keeps us alive.   It really does not care about us getting our dreams or succeeding in our new year’s resolutions.

As a matter of fact, 95% of your decisions are made subconsciously. That is why intentionality is so important. There are a number of things to be intentional about.  These include exercise, health, personal development, relationships whether that is building, nurturing or even setting boundaries to avoid burnout…these are all good.

But remember to step out of your comfort zone in small steps and not have a large change list.

One important thought that may not be top of mind is about understanding changing our perspectives in certain areas is intentionally thinking differently because thoughts become actions.  It has been said…”Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”  Success begins with a positive perspective, which includes a very important component of having a mindset of gratefulness.

So, you have to be intentional about proactively wiring your brain to find the positive. So how do we do this? Well, one of the best ways to do this is through intentionally not complaining. The intent is not about stopping complaining, it is about developing a positive perspective/attitude.

While having intentionality is important, we still need to be open to adjustments based on changing circumstances. Having gratitude and a positive mindset allows you to adapt to new opportunities and challenges, which will inevitably come. Acknowledging and appreciating all aspects of life will enhance your overall well-being.

Intentional focus can greatly increase your opportunities for success as we may apply these thoughts preparing for the intentional you in the new year.

Cheering you on for a great 2024!

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