The New Year has many people thinking about resolutions and making changes to better their lives. While many of us get stuck with the word “resolutions”, a better move may be to think about intentions or setting a theme for the year.
What’s the difference?
A resolution is defined as a firm decision to do or not to do something while an intention is more of a plan. By choosing an intention or theme, you’re planning what you want to focus on in the New Year. This can help to keep things in perspective and on what’s important. Unlike a resolution, a theme sums up what you want your intention to be for the year. A resolution is more of a one and done mentality while a theme is something that constantly unravels.
If setting a theme is something new for you, let’s look at a few to get your wheels turning as well as how to determine which theme is right for you.
What word or phrase defines what you want to focus on for the year?
Think of your theme as your compass. It will guide you to reach your goals throughout the year. If you’ve been having medical problems or want to lose weight maybe your theme for the New Year will be health. This theme will guide you to make better choices about what you eat and how you take care of your body.
Rather than setting a resolution to lose weight, which many people do, setting a theme of health encompasses so much more. It allows you to make better choices and live a better life. This will ultimately have better results.
This is just one example of how a theme can be a better choice than a resolution. If you think about one area you want to focus on, it will help you decide on a theme for the year.
Questions to ask yourself as you set your theme
Choosing a theme can be difficult. If you find yourself in this group, here are some questions to ask yourself.
- What do I want to be my main focus for the New Year?
- What feeling do I want for the year?
- How do I want to grow in the next year?
- What do I want out of life?
Writing down the answers to these questions can lead you to a theme that fits you for the year. You can also think about the year that just passed. What was missing? What was difficult? What could make it better? This can also help you decide what theme fits your life for the New Year.
Besides writing down the answers to questions like that, it helps many people to also write down their priorities for the year ahead. This can also help you determine what your theme should be for the year.
Common Themes to Get You Thinking
While you need to decide which theme fits your life, thinking about some common themes can get you on the right track. Here are a few examples:
Depending on what your focus is, one of these themes may fit. These are just some ideas to get you started. You need to think about what you want in life to help you choose your theme.
In the end, choosing a theme can be a gratifying experience. It can help you focus on your priorities and help you see your life in a new way. As this happens, you can see yourself evolve and see real change happen in your life.