Are you feeling excited about starting a new year?
For lot’s of us it seems like a new year represents new opportunities and a chance to let go of the “old stuff that’s weighing us down”. A fresh start, a new beginning! Maybe you are hoping to exercise more, spend less time on electronics, or you have dreams and goals surrounding your career. Whatever your intentions are, it is a great time to put them in writing now. Some people don’t like the idea of “new year’s resolutions” as we might not stick with them, leaving us feeling disappointed.
I look at it in a different way: It seems that any kind of intention or goal setting is a good thing in our world today. It doesn’t really matter what time a year it is, so why not in January?
It is important to stop the whirlwind of life for a moment and create a road map. Otherwise we are just aimlessly drifting… like a leaf that’s getting carried away on a fast moving creek. We let other people dictate our schedule and our direction, rather than taking charge of our own life. Professional athletes and many people that are quite focused and successful have figured this out long time ago.
I try to set goals/ intentions (or whatever you want to call it) on an ongoing basis. Sometimes around the dinner table with my children, or sometimes when I wake up in the morning and think about my day.
Check out our 3 Ideas on How To Set Intentions for the New Year as a Family:
- Cut up pieces of paper in a size big enough to write down a few sentences on them. Grab some pens and ask all family members to sit around the table. Now encourage everyone to write down 3-5 goals for the new year. It can be school/ work related topics, about friendship or family members, sports and activities, hobbies, travelling, trying something new… there are really endless possibilities. If your children are younger you can help them to write a few things down, and you can pick words that explain the idea. Something like: What would you like to do in the new year? What would be really special? Or you could give them the option to draw pictures instead. Then you can read your intentions to each other, fold them up after, and keep them in a box or jar. You might want to leave them in there till the end of the year, or possibly review them every 3 months or half way through the year. See what works best for your family! Once you check them after a while, you can always keep the ones you like and maybe add some new ones.
- If sitting around the table and writing goals down doesn’t work for you, try choosing a less formal approach. Invite all family members into the living room and ask them to find a comfortable spot on a chair or couch. Same idea as above: This time we go in a circle and every family member can pick one intention or goal and explain it to the rest of the family. Then the next person has a turn. You just keep going as many times around the circle till everyone is done. If you have younger children that have a hard time listening, try using a talking stick or a rock that gets passed on to the person that is speaking. The person holding that special item is the only one allowed to talk, and everyone else has to pay attention and listen closely
- Find a big poster size paper/ card board (dollar stores have great options) and a spot in your home for everyone to gather. Pass out different colored pens to all family members, and everyone gets a turn to write down a goal or intention for the year. Keep going in a circle till the paper is completely covered or you begin to run out of ideas. Now all you need to do is find a spot in your home to display this amazing and powerful family creation! As with all 3 options, you can come back to this half way through the year, or whenever it’s a good time for you and your family to hit the reset button and talk about setting new goals.
The more we practice this kind of intention setting with our children, the easier and more natural it will become for them growing up. It will be a powerful addition to their adult life toolbox. Most importantly: Have fun with your loved ones and enjoy some quality family time together.
Wishing you a joyful and healthy 2017!!
– Yulia Sauter