Resolutions, Intentions, and Clarity

Intentions, though, are powerful formatters of future endeavors. Intentions move energy forward to focus on new projects, goals, and collaborations, to name a few possibilities.

Medici Maestro

Have you made resolutions yet for this new year? Whether you have or have not, I offer you a few concepts for your consideration and, hopefully, a blessing. I would like you to consider the idea of intentions along with resolutions.

What is the difference? Resolutions, by and large, address things that need to be analyzed and corrected. It’s related to the same root as resolve, as in resolving problems and challenges already engaged. Resolutions, then, contain mostly backward energy. Many times, we need to address issues, conditions, problems, habits, or a host of other possibilities, and we work to analyze and correct. While resolving past issues may clear the way for the future, in and of themselves, resolutions don’t carry the energy of the future; they help rectify the past.

Intentions, though, are powerful formatters of future endeavors. Intentions move energy forward to focus on new projects, goals, and collaborations, to name a few possibilities. 

I will repeat a familiar and significant idea: neither resolutions nor intentions mean anything unless we act on them. A goal without action is an unrealized dream. If you want encouragement and it helps, I offer this:

  • Make a list of resolutions to address issues you want to finalize.
  • Make a list of intentions to stimulate creativity.
  • Next to each item, note bullet-point actions required to manifest each. If you want to divide those into short (one day to one month), medium (one month to six months), and long-term (six months to one year) goals, then do that.

None of this has to be exact. Once you start moving, you can make adjustments. One huge advantage of committing this in a written format is the clarity you gain. Clarity means you probably will make adjustments, but they will be meaningful adjustments aligned to those things you wish to resolve or to embark upon. Ultimately, the process that works best for you is the right way to do it.