Drumroll, please! I’m sticking to the promise I made in my last post (found here) to tell you guys about my New Year’s resolution. The problem is, I don’t want to call it a “resolution.” That word, in my mind, has come to have a negative connotation with it. I don’t know if it’s the countless years of promising to do something and stopping a week later that’s given me a bad taste in my mouth, or the genuine thought of only having goals because it’s a new year. Either way, count me out.
This year, I’ve chosen to start every day with a phrase. My mom first brought this to my attention when she said she just wanted to “be intentional,” when doing things. The more we talked about it, the more I realized how great of a goal this would be for my life. From simply being intentional about saying “hello” to a stranger to intentionally waking up and making it to the gym every morning, this phrase can be personal to everyone’s needs.
I’ve chosen to hold off posting about this daily goal until now because I wanted to make sure I was serious about it. According to the Today Show, January 17th is the day that most Americans abandon their resolutions. It was on that morning that I had woken up and intentionally dragged myself to the gym despite not wanting to go. When I got home and heard the anchors discussing being done with resolutions I felt so proud of myself. I didn’t do it because it was a goal for the new year, rather, I did it to be intentional about a healthy lifestyle.
Since making this daily change, I have told many people about how my mom and I have chosen to live. One friend of mine told me her friends’ experience with choosing a new word to live by every year. Through the word of the year, this friend has challenged herself to do so many things, for example, stepping out of her comfort zone in huge ways like skydiving.
This even stuck with my older sister, pushing her to write a lovely Facebook post. On the days where being intentional is hard because I’m stuck inside due to extreme weather, her post has added gasoline to my dying fire.
The thought of “being intentional” hits everyone differently. It can provoke a new way of living for each person who is willing to change their way of thinking.
Like always, I have to say, life is different for everyone. Some people have goals to lose weight while others want to socialize more. Being intentional makes you stop and think about what you are doing and the underlying reason to why.
Why did I stay in and watch a movie I’ve seen a thousand times rather than going out and spending money to see a new movie? Maybe I’ve saving to make my travel goals a reality. Why did I hold the door open for a stranger? Maybe it’s because human interaction is what I thrive on. It can be little moments like this, or moments thinking about something as big as your career, where we make a conscious choice to be intentional about what we’re doing.
So, what’s my daily goal for this year? Good days, bad days, and every day in between, I’m choosing to be intentional.
Krystal, With a “K”