The New Year is a time for change, a new beginning for most of us. Yet every New Year usually comes with a price – that feeling of failure or defeat for not having accomplished our goals from the year gone by. Despite our good intentions, we often choose to revisit this sense of failure by setting unrealistic goals for the upcoming year. This year instead of succumbing to the pressure of making life-altering resolutions and committing ourselves to the possibility of failure, why not set some positive intentions that will help us achieve our goals. These 12 affirmations for the New Year will motivate you, inspire you, and change you for the better.
What is the difference between a resolution and an affirmation?
A resolution is like a pledge or promise, defined as ” a firm decision to do or not do something.” Although resolutions can be noble and justifiable intentions, they can also set unrealistic expectations, which often result in resentment, especially if we don’t keep our promises. An affirmation is essentially a positive statement, and in my opinion far more mentally healthy, and certainly more realistic than a resolution. Instead of feeling guilty as a result of unattainable resolutions, why not spend each day making positive intentions about yourself?
Making affirmations is easy. To get the most out of your practise;
- Focus on the things in your life that you want to improve.
- Choose affirmations that are focused and realistic.
- Always state your affirmations in the present tense.
- Keep your intentions short and sweet.
- Repeat affirmations daily, by saying them out loud or writing them down.
These 12 affirmations for the New Year will help you stay focused, less reluctant to change, and more accepting of what life brings to you, even its’ challenges. By repeating these you will be more inclined to focus on the positive in your life.