Set an intention.

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This season is a beautiful time to ask yourself what do you want out of each experience you encounter. How much of it are you doing for yourself? How much are you doing for others? Are you giving more than you’re being given? Are you taking more than you’re giving back? Again, balance is key to everything.

The new year is a great time to set intentions. After all, it’s about new beginnings, right? We start with a blank page waiting for us, ready to manifest the things that we want to improve on in the coming year. That’s our opportunity to look within, and to find a way to be the best self we can be.

This year, instead of setting the same old resolutions (you know the usual drill of transitioning from overindulging during the holidays to a strict daily routine in the New Year), why not commit to some very real, life-changing shifts? I mean the kind of transformations that empower us to be the best person, the best parent, the best friend, or the very best anything that we really can b

It starts with an awareness to create a life that could be better, and by committing to growing, and doing whatever it takes to change. Even though it may be difficult.

Here is a guide to setting intentions for 2017:

  • Find a space that allows you to fully focus, and let some positive energy flow.  Take a few minutes to light a candle, meditate, or put some music on.
  • Set goals. Look at everything you want. Dream big. Write down what you really want. It should excite you, and maybe even be far-reaching. It can be anything from making more money, to a new job, or finding love or more happiness. But make sure they’re specific and measurable.
  • Create a vision board, or type them up. Put in on Pinterest, or quietly in your own study. It doesn’t matter. As long as you have a place to reference your own ideas, it doesn’t matter. Just find a place that you can see view your goals on a regular basis.
  • Breathe in your goals, and feel them. It’s important to make the connection between what your goal is and how it feels. Ultimately, it is the feeling your end game gives you that is actually the end goal.