Happy New Year to You and Your Intentions

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“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

Happy New Year! Every time this becomes a moment to start fresh with a clean slate. Although we always have this opportunity any day of the year there’s something definitely magical and sacred about this time. But how is it that more often than not new year’s resolutions fall away by February, March, or even the first week of January? How is it that, even with a firm goal in mind, we end up spending the rest of the year feeling guilty about all the things we didn’t accomplish, rather than acknowledging the things that we did?

This year I invite you to trade in those new year’s resolutions for intentions, and instead focus more on the journey and less on the goal.Intentions seek to address change within in order to achieve a goal, whereas resolutions most often set awareness on the achievement of something externally. I encourage you to instead focus more on the internal power and long-term change, versus the external and sometimes, short-lived gratification. Give yourself permission to ‘evolve’ rather than ‘change’ by being kind, gentle and loving with yourself.

For example, a new year’s resolution may be something like “lose ten pounds,” whereas an intention may be “practice self-care by eating healthy foods and moving my body at least 30 minutes everyday.” The long-term goal is the same but the difference is about shifting one’s perspective to bring an awareness and acceptance beyond the goal of weight loss to a more holistic goal of health and well-being. Someone with such a resolution just might successfully lose those ten pounds but until that person actually changes their internal awareness and attitude about themselves that weight may come back and even more. Any evolution must come from within and from a place and practice of self-love and self-care.

Setting intentions for the new year will allow you to still achieve your goals, but without all the guilt and pressure that tends to come with them. If you’re unsure where to start or what you should focus on I invite you to do this visioning exercise to get clarity on your vision for 2017. And don’t forget to take time to celebrate your wins, acknowledge what you do accomplish, and remember that all those baby steps in the right direction will add up to manifesting your heart’s desire. You are the director and producer of your own life.

If you feel like you could use some guidance I’m here to support you as your partner in lifeTwo slots are now available for 1-on-1 coaching with me, from anywhere in the world. If you’re looking to move out of fear, make lasting change and finally live a life you love this 2017, then I highly encourage you to email me now at leslie@lesliesaglio.com.

Here’s to a beautiful New Year!

As always, I’d love connecting with you and hear what intentions will you choose to take you into the New Year. Head over to the comments section below to share.

With love and gratitude,

Leslie xx



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