12/31/2014 04:25 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Forget the Resolutions: Set Your New Year's Intentions!

Rather than create New Year's resolutions, which often come from a place of lack and frustration, try setting New Year's intentions. It's simple, easy and refreshing! Here's how...

An intention is a choice.


Take a few minutes and sit in a quiet, calm place to access clarity. Let your thoughts go, focus on your breath and imagine light all around you. Then consider what you'd like your life to be like this coming year.

Beyond material things, what kinds of experiences do you want to have?

How do you want to be?
Who do you want to be?


Allow what comes to extend beyond desires of the physical body, and into new ways of being -- mentally, emotionally, energetically...

What do you choose to experience in the new year?


As you reflect on this year's intentions, create a list of who and how you want to be.

Down the road when you are invited to participate in an event or activity pause and check in, does this reflect and support the new you?

You might even create a few lines of a mantra or a invocation to repeat to yourself. This can be memorized and repeated anytime, all the time.

For example:

I choose to live life in alignment for my best good, and by being my best I support everyone around me.
I choose to experience love and joy in all that I do.
I choose to live in abundance, always having all that I need.
I choose to be surrounded by health and wellness.
Thank You.


As we let 2014 pass behind us, take a moment to have gratitude for all that you have experienced in the past year. Smile. Then have gratitude for all that is coming.

See this next year as an opportunity to show up as an even more empowered version of yourself.

Remember, as one individual takes steps, the collective takes steps. The greatest thing you can do is be a source of awareness and change within yourself, and as you do, others are given permission to do the same.

As you grow your world will rise to meet you.

So what are you intending?