The problem with resolutions

To celebrate the new year, we made a video about why setting intentions is better than setting resolutions. Check the video and the full text out below. Happy New Year!

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The problem with resolutions is that they set us up for failure.

They create narrow definitions for success based on arbitrary beliefs of self worth at specific moments in time, and they penalize us for learning new information as the year goes on.

Resolutions are unforgiving. They make us feel bad about ourselves. When the excitement of the new year wears off, when we continue to be our inevitable human selves, our resolutions are there to remind us each day of how we have failed and how we are, still, not good enough.

We then dwell on our failure and we look forward to next year when we can try again. The final twist of the knife is that this causes us to spend the entire year not living in the present.

This year, set an intention instead. Intentions come from a place of abundance. They allow you to accept who you are, where you are. They don’t expect you to be perfect, they expect you to be mindful.

To be aware.

To observe.

When you lose sight of your intention, when you have days or weeks where you forget about it, your intention will still be there, and it will welcome you back when you are ready.

Join us this year in scrapping the resolutions, and setting intentions instead.