According to the dictionary, a resolution is a decision or a determination. An intention is an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result. That sure cleared things up didn’t it?
We mostly hear of resolutions here in the Western Hemisphere around New Years Day. According to Wikepedia A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.
But, the tradition has much older roots.
Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.
The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.
In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.
And so on. . .
Over the last several decades making a resolution has gotten a bad rap because the word often reminds us of past resolution failures. How many of us have made a resolution New Year’s Day only to give it up by February? Intentions have recently come to the lips of many New Thought leaders as a way to change our mindset from one of failure to one of the possibility of success.
As you can see by the above definition, the words invariably mean the same thing. I honestly feel that the best word to use for creating new habits in your life is ultimately up to you. Ask yourself this question, which word brings you in alignment with success? Once you’ve answered that question go ahead and set your intentions, resolutions, goals, and make your decisions, declarations to yourself and the Universe. Just remember one thing. Make them simple and fun.
I have created a special New Years Day special event to help you set your intentions for the year. You can find out more here. I hope you can join me.