Resolutions vs. INTENTIONS. Is there really a difference?

Intention defined: A course of action that a person intends to follow; The goal or purpose behind a specific action or set of actions  en.wiktionary.org/wiki/intention

Intent defined: The purpose of something that is intended; The state of someone’s mind at the time of committing an act; Firmly fixed or concentrated on something; Engrossed; Unwavering from a course of action en.wiktionary.org/wiki/intent

Resolution defined: a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner; ordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

Resolute defined:

  • firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination; “stood resolute against the enemy”; “faced with a resolute opposition”; “a …
  • unhesitating: characterized by quickness and firmness; “his reply was unhesitating”
    wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

Under closer examination, I don’t see much difference between intentions or resolutions.  Before exploring these differences, and because New Year’s Resolutions have a bad reputation, I decided to start my year off with intentions instead.  It always seems cool in yoga when we have to ‘set an intention’ for the class. I love the way forcing myself to get focused for that hour makes me feel during the class and how I carry that with me the rest of the day.

But really, isn’t the key not what we call them, but rather what we do with them? Both intentions and resolutions require conscious action which is what I am committing myself to in 2010 and what I hope to contribute to those I interact with as well.  Whatever I am doing, my goal is to be fully present so I can make the best choices possible for what I do and say.

That’s it. Plain and simple – to be awake for 2010 with intention and resolution.

No going through the motions just to get through something;  reduce the time I spend behaving on autopilot and stay on manual drive where I consciously choose the way I act and carefully measure the words I use; be aware of ALL that surrounds me not just what is in front of me.  I know from past experience that when I do this – I am a better and happier person.  I know from my executive coaching practice that when my clients do this, new possibilities emerge and better results get accomplished.  The tough part is doing it most of the time vs. some.


Conscious action:  I think I will call this my ‘ intentsolution’ for 2010.


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