Why You Shouldn't Set New Year's Resolutions - EPISODE 32

Uncategorized Dec 31, 2020

“I think we can all agree that we’ve never looked so forward, as much as we do right now, for a fresh start, a new beginning, and new year.” —  Julie Greenham


So long, 2020.

As we say goodbye to the turmoil of the past year, you may be tempted to set some New Year’s resolutions. I’m here to tell you not to. 

There is a better way.

Setting resolutions, for most people, takes the form of radical goals and unrealistic expectations.

“I’ll go fully vegetarian.” 

“I’ll go to the gym five times per week.” 

“I’ll go to bed at 9:30 every single night.”

When making these resolutions, I feel good at the moment of setting them — but almost immediately lose interest, because my brain knows that I can’t get them done. The change required is too drastic and sudden, the goals too ambitious (or practically unachievable). 

And these resolutions often involve all-or-nothing thinking, making it so much easier to give up when you can’t hit the too-high standard you’ve set.

Instead of setting resolutions, I want you to set intentions.

Rather than “I will,” think in terms of “I would like.”

Intentions are driven by desire, rather than obligation, and create less pressure.

Intentions create directions and starting points, allowing aligned actions to fall in place more easily. As Jennifer Williams said, “Intention is more than wishful thinking; it’s wishful direction.” 

In‌ ‌this‌ ‌episode of the Quiet Powerhouse podcast,‌ ‌you’ll discover:‌

  • A journaling exercise to help you get in touch with what you truly want for yourself, not what you think you should want
  • How to pair intention-setting with aligned action to bring you closer to reaching your goals
  • How one single word can help you shape your experience of the year 2021 


“Intentions have a lot of power. Because once you set an intention... you automatically start to create a direction. It’s like a starting point. It’s like a map. Your actions will follow and fall in place much more easily.” —  Julie Greenham

Highlights:‌ ‌

01:23  Don’t set a resolution this year

03:11  Intention-setting

05:27  Intentions v. goals

06:12  Getting into aligned action

08:21  Choose your 2021 mantra




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