Intention Setting for 2017

Wow, and just like that it's 2017! Whether you were ready to leave 2016 behind or not, here we are, starting a new fresh chapter. January is the ideal month to reflect on what we want for ourselves in the year ahead. [Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of resolutions. I think they can be a big set up!] I am a big fan of is intention setting...

One of the the most powerful intention setting exercises I have done is also one of the simplest. I share it with you below, and I hope you will try it out for yourselves. Here's how to do it:

Get out a blank piece of paper and something to write with. Imagine that the blank piece of paper before you is magical, and whatever you write on it, will be realized. Take a few minutes to write about the following:

What do you want more of in 2017?

This list can include things you want personally, professionally, spiritually, in your relationships... really anything! Try to come up with about 5 items on your list. Maybe you want more fun, more love, more adventure, more joy? Maybe you want more financial security, more career opportunities? Whatever it is that your heart desires, jot it down!

Now write a second list:

What do you want to transcend in 2017?

This is a list of things you want to let go of, that you want to heal or overcome, things you want less of in your life. Also try to come up with 5 items here. Maybe you want to be less self-critical, heal an important relationship, heal from the grief of a recent loss, reduce your anxiety? Write down whatever it is that you want to emerge from.

I want to urge you to write these lists down, rather than simply thinking about them. Once you have written the lists, save them somewhere safe. Maybe stick them in your journal, or tape them up to your bathroom mirror. Keep them, and every so often, reread them.

There is something very powerful that happens when we set our intentions and claim and own them as our true desires. In my experience, it seems that once I am clear on what it is that I want, and I put it out there, the universe conspires to cooperate. If that concept seems too new-agey for you, that's ok. Maybe you can think about it this way: your personal power is activated in a different way once you are clear on what you want.

So, what are you waiting for?? Try it! Before you know it, you'll be moving towards your intentions for 2017.

May everything you write down be realized!