New Year’s resolution: Be intentional


At the end of every year, like so many others, I try to identify areas of my life that I feel need improvement or ways I would like to grow.

I started 2018 with so many goals and plans. I was going to get back into running, lose weight, write more outside of work and read at least one book every month.

Goals are not accomplished through good intentions, though. Goals are reached through discipline, hard work and determination, a few things I lacked when it came to those goals I set.

That really clicked for me four years ago. I made a list of all the running goals I wanted to accomplish that year and stuck it on the door of my closet, so I would see it every single day.

Next to the list, I put a blank sheet of paper. As I reached my goals – my first 5K, my first 10K, my first half marathon – I would move them from the list and onto the other side.

The constant reminder helped me to shape other areas of my life to align with those goals.

For instance, when I would come home from school and put my bag away, the reminder of my training hanging on my closet door would help me to set an earlier bedtime or eat a lighter dinner in preparation for the following morning.

This year, I’ve decided to do something a little different, while maintaining that same mindset I had years ago.

For 2019, my plan is to focus on one word: intentional.

The idea is to align my goals and plans with that word, with the main objective being to live intentionally.

I want to keep in mind that everything I do each day, big and small, all determine whether I am successful.

The goal is not perfection, but to approach each day, each task, each interaction purposefully. Just imagine the progress if we were all deliberate with our actions and words.

When I decided on my word for this year, this verse came to mind:

Ephesians 5:15: “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

I intend for my intentional living to be reflected in various areas of my life: my relationships, my work, my hobbies, my running.

So, here’s to going into the new year not only with goals or resolutions, but with an intentional mindset to do things not out of habit, but with purpose.

Nikki Rowell is a staff writer for the Northside Sun.


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