Welcome back to the Therapy Spot! I hope the first few days of the new year have been full of love for all of you. Here in Sweden, we keep the spirit of the new year alive through January with the traditional farewell God fortsättning. This directly translates to “Good continuance.”

I don’t know about you, but I want to continue those good wishes throughout this whole new year ahead of us. That’s why I’m going to share with you my ideas for intentionally creating a year that has the qualities you want.

After all, it is your year and if you don’t decorate it the way you want, two things can happen.

  1. Nature will take its course, and all your habits will remain in place, or
  2. Someone else, with more intention and direction, will decorate your new year the way it fits them.

Luckily, we can avoid these pitfalls through one simple action: setting intentions.

On your mark, get set, intentions!

Unlike resolutions, intentions come from inside of us, and truly reflect our heart’s desires. What does an intention look like?

  • I will be more certain in my decisions this year.
  • This year, I want to show up and be visible.
  • I will learn more about myself this year.

In this podcast, I’ll explain how to further develop your intentions. Think of the process like brainstorming. Suspend your judgement and focus on finding a good fit.

I want you to think of your intentions like taking a trip.  What will you do, where will you go, and what will you discover about your Self this year? You don’t need to force it. Seek out the perfect balance of ease and effort as you create your “trip” this New Year. For an extra helping hand, I encourage you to download my intention setting worksheet.

For my intention this year, I decided to focus on expanding one of the Self qualities of IFS: Connection. In the spirit of increased Connection, I’d like to ask a favor of all of you. When you join me on the Therapy Spot each week, please email me any questions you may have. I would love the opportunity to answer your questions on a future podcast. Let’s get more connected in 2017. You can send me your questions by filling out the form below.

Image Credit

Week 18 New Years Resolution,” by Flickr user Colleen Galvin, licensed under CC BY 2.0.