We are well into the new year and for many of us that means trying to meet the intentions, goals, and projections we so proudly and passionately “announced” to ourselves and (maybe) our loved ones as we rolled into 2022.
While the practice of setting intentions and goals is ultimately helpful and powerful, I often find that many of us get overwhelmed with the expectations, pressures and details associated with both getting started and seeing our intentions into completion.
Below I offer some helpful tools and tips on ways to stay connected to your New Year’s intentions, goals and projections. As you read through these, take your time and be curious, allow yourself to be flexible and compassionate.
1. Re-read your intentions and goals you have made. Ask yourself if you still align with them and/or what you might want to change in the details.
2. Look at your intentions and goals in terms of the process and not necessarily the end result. Can you visualize the process in which you are going to achieve this intention/goal?
3. Go through the process and take it in baby steps. Do something every day towards your intentions/goals. It can be a small step one day and a big step the next. Try not to judge it but go with that flow.
4. Offer yourself words of encouragement every night before going to bed. For example, as you put your head on the pillow and review your day, take a look at all your “wins”; there are many more then you might think.
5. Pay attention to the people and environments that you are surrounded by; are they supporting you in reaching your goals?
6. Ask for what you need from your loved ones. This can make a huge difference in your overall wellbeing. Self-love is not only the care you offer yourself but it is also that loving support you receive from others. No one can read your mind (at least not all the time), not even your loved ones. When you can ask for what you need, it provides clarity, honesty and openness.
7. Do not compare. We so often look to others for a vision of what we want to be or look like. This usually leaves us feeling unmotivated, discouraged and even complaisant. Rather than comparing, take a moment to acknowledge what inspires you, come back to the present and apply it your own self.
8. Know when you need to make a move and when you need a break. Balancing your energy is important and too much output leads to burnout while too little output can lead to stagnation. Honor yourself and find what works for you.
9. Lastly, I will say “keep up”, try not to give up…allow these practices to help you be kind, compassionate and focused on what you want to move towards this year.
I wish you all success, health, prosperity, love and endless joy.
With many blessings,
Hari Simran is a certified Ayruvedic health practitioner, an Integrative nutrition health coach, Ayurvedic postpartum counselor and a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She spent her formative years in India, where she was able to live the yogic lifestyle and experience first hand the art and healing of Ayurveda. Her work with clients incorporates the principles of these powerful, and ancient health sciences.
Hari Simran’s mission is to support her clients’ healing and life goals. She helps them integrate new routines and practices to become more in-tune with their individual constitution and nature. She addresses health and life issues with short-term solutions and long-term changes that can ease life back into balance. For over a decade, she has brought ancient teachings and technology to modern health and life issues. Using Ayurvedic medicine, holistic coaching and Kundalini Yoga as tools to enhance self-healing and happiness, Hari Simran is able to support each person at any stage of life.
Hari Simran currently practices Ayurvedic medicine and teaches Kundalini Yoga in Los Angeles, CA. She also treats clients remotely from anywhere in the world.