So we’ve set our intentions for 2016 and we’re already off track. Am I right?
We were so resolute in our affirmations — so determined to start 2016 off right. And then we reached for a cookie instead of our gym shoes, tuned into E! instead of Headspace, and spent two hours trolling Instagram instead of hitting the pillow before 10 p.m.
In short, we (or our experiences) failed to live up to our expectations.
And therein lies the issue. Too many of us have been coached to set our intentions from the outside in rather than the inside out. We are more focused on achieving a result than a feeling.
As much as these externalized intentions may motivate us in the beginning, they are not sustainable. They loop us on a reward cycle and forever chain us to the future instead of rooting us in the present. This sets us up for failure. It leaves us forever judging ourselves for our inability to follow through or blaming the world for not delivering. So we find ourselves starting behind, propelled by negativity and a distaste for what is rather than an enchantment of what’s to come.