How To Set Realistic Intentions for the New Year

How To Set Realistic Intentions for the New Year

The new year is here, and everyone is scrambling to make those infamous resolutions. Unfortunately for most, these resolutions remain unfulfilled from one year to the next. How can you change this narrative?

One of the tactics is to alter your perspective by setting intentions rather than goals. This move helps you give physical weight to your intentions and create a ritual around them, increasing your chances of success.

Be precise and understand your motives

It's vital to know why you want to achieve specific things. Do some introspection to discover what the material desire signifies to you.


For example, if one of your goals is to buy a house, ask yourself what the house means to you. Is it financial stability, freedom, or a sense of accomplishment?

Divide your goals into smaller ones

One of the reasons people fall off the wagon is because their audacious goals appear intimidating. They end up stressed and feeling defeated even before they begin. Instead, divide your intentions into monthly, weekly, and daily goals, which are easier to manage.


When your goals are in bite-size portions, you feel more confident about taking them on.

Also, space out your goals to allow you time to reach your accomplishments, but not too much, or else you might lose motivation to continue. With each achievement, you feel energized and stay on track with the rest of the goals.

Share with someone you trust

Sharing your goals gives you a sense of accountability. If no one else knows about your plans, you might not feel anything about failing to achieve them. However, sharing your goals gives them more weight. You now also have a support buddy to cheer you on when you need it the most.

Turn your goals into intentions

There's no two ways about goals- you either succeed or fail. And with life's challenges, we don't always succeed. This pressure makes goals scary.


Turning goals into intentions helps you alleviate the risk of falling off the goal and reduces your fear of failure. Making intentions a part of your daily routine takes your focus off the outcome and onto creating habits that make you a better person.


Use a short phrase or a single word to verbalize your intentions. Connect the word or phrase to your passion or purpose.

 As you repeat your mantra, meditate on it deeply.  Remember your big goal, short-term goals, and motives.

Honor each intention and give it life

How do you give your plans weight? By turning them into something that you can see and feel.

For instance, you can write them out and keep them somewhere you'll see them often- like the fridge door.

Make sure you choose an option that's personal and one that makes you feel connected to the process.

Let go of the outcome

After integrating your intentions into your life, let go of the result. This step is vital in helping you enjoy the process. You'll learn from every step without ignoring anything that isn't your final goal.

One practical way to let go is through a skincare ritual. 


Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar with equal parts clay. Apply to your face while avoiding the eye area and allow the mask to remove impurities from your skin.

Rinse off the mask after 20 minutes, cleanse your face, and release your mind from the grip of goals.

With love,

​The Sole Toscana Beauty Team