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New Year’s Resolutions (My Story)

I personally have never been big on making New Year resolutions.  If I plan to decrease something or start doing something new I do it on that Thursday.  I know I am weird.

However, what I do this time of year is write out a list of intentions.  This list contains all kinds of stuff.  Things I intent to do like write four hours a week. Things I want to do like go on trips, take classes. Things I need to be better at like billing on time. Things I must do like renew my license. Redo the kitchen. Grow my own tomatoes. Clean out all the storage.  Have a yard sale. Enter an art contest. Print some photos for framing. Make a new wreath for the door. Paint the bathroom. Buy a new computer. Get seat covers for the car. Upgrade my phone. Join a club. Learn the make my own spaghetti sauce.  You get the idea.

A few years ago I made an intention list with 144 items on it!  I did and accomplished the whole list. The more I checked off the more I was encouraged and the more energy and motivation I seemed to have. I knew I would get most of the little things done.  I didn’t really intend to get the big things beyond started.  My intention was more to do a little bit of each large time consuming item.  Like start writing a book.  Set up a new billing system. I thought somethings like getting a certification would be checked out and maybe sign up in the year.  I was truly amazed at the end of the year.

If you came to me I said you had a list of 144 things.  I would encourage you to pear it down. Which I was going to do, but never got around to it.  Or make it your intentions for the next 3 years. Which I think was in the back of my mind.  Because let’s face it — that was crazy on my part. I would not discourage you either, because I guess you never know.

I am glad I did that once up on a time.  Today my intention lists run about 12 to 16 items. I suggest you make 6 to 20 item lists. We can always add to it later if we want to!

  1.  How about something to make you healthier.
  2.   Something that is an adventure.
  3.   Something that is out of your comfort zone.
  4.   Something that will make your life easier.
  5.   Something that will add to your skill set at work or for your future career.
  6.   Something that improves your personal environment.




About Geraldine M. Brown MS, LPC, LIMHP (162 Articles)
I hold a Master's Degree in counseling. I am a licensed professional counselor and a licensed independent mental health practitioner. I have over 25 years of experience counseling people from all walks of life.

1 Comment on New Year’s Resolutions (My Story)

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