How many times have you set yourself New Years Resolutions, only to watch them fade away mid February, or sooner?
Early one January, pre third baby, I decided I would take up running to keep me fit. Excitedly, I downloaded the Couch to 5k app on my smart phone, bought some new running shorts and set my alarm for 5am. I was determined to complete the course by running three times a week at dawn.
Distance running has never been my thing.
As a child, I would have exercise induced asthma attacks. I was the kid walking the oval at the back, puffer in hand, as the rest of the class seemed to effortlessly jog the obligatory three laps around the sports oval in primary school.
Sprinting, on the other hand, I was good at. Very good in fact. I loved the 50 and 100 meter sprints at the sports carnival and always came first or second at the faction carnival, ensuring I made it through to inter school sports. As I got older, hurdles and long jump were added to my repertoire.
But distance. Nup. never liked it.
Nevertheless, I made that New Years resolution, knowing my track record of distance running was zip. Surely being 20 years older and wiser would get me through Couch to 5k. Plus I had my Ministry of Sound Running Trax ready to go!
For those of you that have done the Couch to 5k, you'll be familiar with the gradual build up running. Walk 1 minute, then run, then walk then run, short bursts of time to music of your choice. Perfect for non runners.
The first morning came, I bounced out of bed before 5am, because I'd already been awake anticipating the alarm going off. Quick glass of water, new shorts on I was out the door, walking at pace to get me warmed up. The running started and so did my music. I felt uncomfortable. I kept waiting until the bell rang to walk again. I didn't like it. I persevered and made it back home, beetroot faced and totally puffed.
The 2nd morning came, I got up after the alarm. I felt reluctant, but thought maybe I needed to give it a few goes before I would start to like it. Urgh. Nup. My feet were starting to hurt and my lungs felt heavy midway through. I decided to detour to the footy oval and run on grass instead. This actually made it harder, as the grass was soft and springy.
The 3rd morning of that first week in January came round and I got up. This time though I chose to not use the App, but rather, walk briskly through the bush track Rails to Trails that was around the corner from my street. I left the music off and enjoyed the sounds of nature, smiling and saying hello to fellow walkers and dog owners on my route.
That morning, I gave my New Years Resolution the flick and chose to set intentions instead.
Every year since I set intentions for how I want to feel. Last year it was Harmony and Flow. This year it's Trust, Courage and Strength. These words embody all aspects of my life, my being and come from the heart.
Intentions are powerful creators because they connect you to feelings and emotion. They can inspire and uplift all aspects of your self - body, mind, soul and you can apply your intentions to any area of your life for health and wellbeing. Intentions will generally lead to positive, sustainable action.
Think about your resolutions of years past? Did they stick? How did they make you feel? Many New Years Resolutions are made out of a deeper desire or yearning for something more. Perhaps you want to feel healthier or more flexible in your body and mind. Or maybe self compassion is something you are working on. You may intend to experience less tension or headaches. Choosing powerful intentions or words that add personal meaning for you, will more than likely result in greater success and follow through.
The reason my New Years resolution of running didn't work for me, regardless of the fancy App and running shorts was because I don't like distance running. It was a chore. A "should" and totally unenjoyable for me. Bush walking however, is much more my speed and far more enjoyable.
What words create your Intentions for this year? Do you write them down? I like to craft out a vision board of my intentions, creating a visual for how I want my year to look and feel. This acts as a daily reminder and helps me to ask, are my actions in line with my intentions?
Share below your New Year resolutions current or past - lets create some magic and rework these to powerful intentions with heart.