Why New Year’s resolutions don’t work! And what to do instead!

New Years Resolutions

We all love setting resolutions don’t we? And then kicking ourselves stupid when we don’t stick to them. The fact is making New Year’s resolutions won’t make you happy. So I urge you all to not make resolutions for 2015. Rather, set intentions.

All about intention setting

Intentions are the answer. Setting intentions that are adaptable so we don’t become rigidly attached to them. Intentions that are fluid and dynamic so that if they don’t serve our needs after a time we can alter and change them. Intentions that can be upgraded if necessary. Intentions which are not just for our benefit but also the greater good.

Set a theme for the year

An excellent way to set intentions for 2015 would be to begin with a theme for the year. How do you want to feel throughout the year? Define it. And let everything stem from that.

Now take action

There is a wonderful Japanese proverb which says that “vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare”. It speaks of our need for both action and vision. Once we have set our intentions it’s time to do the work and follow our intentions with action.

“How dare you settle for less when the world has made it easy for you to be remarkable.” – Seth Godin

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Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis is a Vedic meditation teacher, wellness expert and the co-founder of The Broad Place. Embracing the attitude that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, Jacqui wears many hats. Since graduating as an interior architect in her early 20s, Jacqui has gone on to become a graphic designer, creative strategist, and is now an expert Vedic Meditation teacher. Jacqui experienced huge amounts of stress through her 20s. It was a decade characterised by incredible accomplishments, coupled with severe exhaustion and periods of intense anxiety. Following this period, Jacqui realised that Vedic Meditation was the one thing which had helped her to stay on top of it all. After a series of incredibly high-pressured projects that kept burning her out, Jacqui committed to understanding everything she could about meditation and its benefits, having witnessed the results of the practice so profoundly first-hand. With so many misunderstandings still surrounding meditation (think common questions such as “do I have to be vegan and wear hessian to meditate?”) Jacqui also decided to prove that meditation and a love of style can co-exist. She studied extensively for years with Vedic expert Thom Knoles. Then underwent a gruelling year long study program with Tim Brown in Sydney and finally graduated as a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation, in Rishikesh, India. Together with her husband and business partner Arran Russell, Jacqui launched The Broad Place in 2013. The Broad Place is a multi-faceted brand based around modern wellbeing. It is at The Broad Place that Jacqui teaches courses in Vedic Meditation, tutors private students in mediation and stress management, runs intensive retreats and writes about all things wellness-related for the Journal on The Broad Place website.