Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions And Try A New Year's Intention Instead

Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions And Try A New Year's Intention Instead

How setting mindful intentions will lead to more success.

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January. It's the busiest time of the year for health, fitness, and nutrition industries. New Year's Resolutioners crowd the gym floors and group fitness classes and into all of the latest fad diets and the detox kit.

But now January is coming to an end and February is approaching. That means, instead of being full of new faces ready to get in shape, the gym consists of just the regular gym goers again. The realization that most diet trends are unrealistic and quite frankly impossible to follow for a long period of time is setting in. Plus, it's currently Girl Scout cookie season!

New Years Resolutioners aren't getting the quick results they hoped for and are falling back into their old ways. It can feel like you are failing big time when you don't follow through on your resolutions, and that is why I hate them. So forget them! Instead, you should be focused on setting mindful intentions for yourself.

Both resolutions and intentions are types of goal, however, there is a big difference between them. In my opinion, resolutions are harder to stick to. A resolution is an all or nothing kind of goal. Usually, there is a desired result and a set deadline. Examples include "I will lose X amount of weight in X amount of time" or "I will read 100 books this year." A lot of the time, to achieve these results, people make these sub-resolutions. Examples of these are, "I will work out every day" or "I will go on a strictly juicing diet" or "I will read two novels a week."

Let me let you in on a little secret: most of the time, the resolutions are achievable, but people don't end up following through on them because their sub-resolutions are unrealistic.

Intentions, on the other hand, are a more gentle approach to self-betterment. You can still set a measurable goal, but the methods for getting there will be a lot more reasonable. For example, if your goal was to lose that X amount of weight in X amount of time, instead of having those sub-resolutions of going all out in the gym and dieting, an intention would be more along the lines of "I will eat healthier and be more active." This way, if you do end up missing a workout session or eating a cupcake at a birthday party, it doesn't feel like you have completely failed your diet or workout routine.

Life is meant to be fun and enjoyable. It requires balance and the ability to have some flexibility in your regimen. I believe that having strict resolutions can inhibit you from having fun if taken to seriously. Hence, I prefer intentions. Intentions allow for a little wiggle room. You can still go on vacations where you take a few days off from the gym and indulge in some extra treats, but then go back to living healthier when you get home. You can read four books one week when you are taking a road trip and then not read during finals week when you are trying to study.

Like I said, life is all about finding your own healthy balance. Sure, there will always be areas for potential self-improvement and growth, but you don't have to be so hard on yourself about it. With intentions, there is also more room for self-forgiveness. No one is perfect, so why do we continue to strive for perfection?

Resolutions are based around perfection. Intentions are based around impurities. So ditch the resolutions and mold them into mindful intentions. Ultimately, you will see better results that way. They may not be as drastic as you hoped they would be, but a little progress is better than none at all. If you never give up, you can never fail. So keep working towards your intentions and you will always succeed!

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13 Gifts That Any Sports Fanatic Is Sure To Love

These gifts are sure to be a hole in one.

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Check out these 13 gifts that any sports lover in your life will absolutely love this holiday season.

1. NFL Barware Crate

This NFL Barware Crate from Man Crates is ideal for any football fan. It includes pint glasses with any NFL team's logo, bottle openers and a mix of bar nuts. The perfect mix of gifts for the perfect football Sunday.

2. NBA ugly Christmas sweater

If your sports fan is a fan of the NBA like me, they would LOVE this NBA ugly Christmas sweater. It's festive and shows off who you're rooting for this basketball season.

3. Knitted beer mitt

I'm from Wisconsin so, obviously, I'm a Green Bay Packers fan. Most of our football season is played in the winter, and Lambeau Field's nickname is "the frozen tundra," but that doesn't stop us fans from going to Green Bay and supporting our green and gold. And what's a football game without beer? This knitted beer mitt is ideal for any football fan that cheers their team out in the cold.

4. Golf mug

For the golf fan who is also a fan of coffee. With this coffee mug, you also get a mini golf ball and a putter that is actually a pen. During some downtime in the office, start a round of golf.

5. The Sports Bucket List book

This sports bucket list book written by Rob Fleder and Steven Hoffman is a great gift for a sports fan who likes to travel. The book includes 101 different and memorable places, games and matches around the world. Gift this book to your sports lover and help them complete their brand new bucket list!

6. MLB game used uniform wallet

This wallet is definitely something a baseball fan would cherish for a long time. This wallet includes interior dividers that are made from game-used MLB jerseys. You can choose from seven MLB teams.

7. Funny sports socks

One of the most practical ways to tell someone you're busy watching football. These socks are not only cozy but sport the, "Shhh, I'm watching football" saying to let everyone know that you shouldn't be bothered while your feet are up.

8. Vineyard Vines college shirt

Vineyard Vines is a brand that is known to be worn around college campuses. If your sports fan is currently enrolled at a university and loves supporting his colors, this shirt is the perfect fit for him this football season.

9. Unique cuff links

If your man is strictly business but loves strutting off the love for his NFL team, these subtle but super unique cufflinks are best gift he'll receive yet. They are not only classy, but the color inside is actually a piece from an NFL stadium seat!

10. Game used hockey puck bottle opener

For the hockey fanatic that also is a fanatic for brews. These hockey puck bottle openers are not only cool (hockey pun intended) but were once played as game pucks for an NHL game.

11. Sports mug with backboard 

This mug is fun for all ages and comes in other sports like football, basketball and more. For once you won't get yelled at for playing with your food.

12. Their favorite player's jersey

Every sports fanatic has a favorite player. A jersey is one of the easiest but one of the best gifts you can get someone. If they have one already, get them one from a different era or a different color!

13. Tickets to a sporting event

Another easy but perfect gift for a sports fan. Get them tickets to their favorite sporting event. Give them an experience they will never forget.

Please note that all items are in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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It's Always A Good Time To Better Yourself

New year, new you.

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We all like to play the New Year's game of creating resolutions most of us will most definitely not keep. We hear everyone going on and on about "new year, new me" and pretend like we want to engage as well. I failed to realize what it is about the new year that makes people want to change themselves. It's as if the digit changing at the end of the year is important to us changing ourselves.

You can make a change at any time of the year, so why now?

With this upcoming year, I feel like I have answered the qualms of the above statements. I have realized it is less about a new you, but more about a better you. The new year makes us feel fresh and gives us new energy. The digit changing, it gives us the motivation to make the changes to improve ourselves. While the last year has been so generous, I want to make the next year even better.

This is not a how-to guide on how to keep your resolutions, but more on how to make them. We tend to set unrealistic goals based off of ideas perpetuated by society rather than what truly makes us happy. We think by losing weight we will feel better about ourselves. By doing this we bypass the real goal altogether, feeling good about ourselves. This can apply in other circumstances. as well. If you're a writer, your goal could be to write more instead of writing better or writing something you care about. By deciding what truly matters to us, we can set goals that guide us to success instead of deterring it.

Even a simple task every day, like making the bed, can set the tone for the day as productive and neat.

Everyone is different and having the same three goals as every other person will not help you. Think about who you are and what you need to motivate you. Going to the gym may make you hate getting out of bed in the morning, but a small workout at home can be just as effective and more interesting for you.

Resolutions are what you make them out to be. You can choose to make them something meaningful.

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