How to Succeed in New Intentions (Not Just Resolutions): Part 1

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | January 12th, 2009 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth

Happy New Year! Most people begin the year feeling motivated to be more healthy, prosperous and successful. Statistics show that a majority of people do not succeed with their new resolutions. In fact, some do not even make it through the first quarter of the year. The reason is simple: People are trying to adjust from the outside.

While I believe that intention and goal setting are powerful tools, saying that you want to change is not enough. Change comes about when there is a willingness to shift patterns and behaviors that do not serve our health and well-being. Lasting transformation occurs on the inside and is connected to purpose and willingness.

In this post, I want to give you some tools to support the creation of deeply rooted intentions that stand the test of time. In the next two weeks, I invite you to do the following:

  1. Write down an intention statement of what you want your life to look like this year. Dream BIG. Do not let limited thinking get in the way. How will you be living? What kind of people will be in your life? How will you look? How will you take care of your body? How will you make a difference in the world? How will you relate to money? How will you serve your family, community and friends?
  2. Make a list of the things that ignite you (passion points). Passion is the number one thing that will keep you motivated, even in challenging times. Successful people are doing things that inspire them. Choose your top three.
  3. Make a list of things that do not support you (pain points). People usually give up because their pain points gradually take over their thinking and behaviors. Choose your top three.
  4. Write down a simple goal for each passion point and each pain point. It is important that these be easy to follow and achieve. If you start too big, you can become overwhelmed.

Read your intention statement, aloud, every day. This will activate within you an energy of success. Doing it first thing in the morning is powerful and will be a great start to the day. We will work with the passion and pain points in part two, in my next post, where I will support you in ways that anchor long-term commitments and affirm success. This is important because your old ways of operating have been there a long time and want to stay alive. Stay strong. I believe in you. You are a masterpiece in the making and have come here to do great things!

I invite you to say the following affirmation daily.

Today, I claim my power and purpose. I am destined to do great things, and I am unstoppable!


  1. Thanks for such a realistic, yet positive view on how we approach the year Cynthia. We too are committed to positive change via our online goal setting application – Lifetick. Blog posts like yours reiterate the value in firstly creating the intention through to taking the little, but necessary steps each day to make our dreams a reality.

    Shane Maloney | January 13th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  2. Simple, doable, clear, and inspiring. I have completed this process and have placed it in the front of my master plan. Thank you. And then we open to this source so mighty to let it move in ways we can’t even imagine. In joy!

    Melanie Mills | January 16th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  3. Reverend Cynthia, Thank you so much for all you do and share. I “feel” your committment and caring about empowerment, realization and fullfillment, not only of yourself but so much also for others. Thank you for your suggestions in this blog and I will put them into practice for myself and where I can, shore them with others. Patricia C. Berger, ANP,HN-BC

    Patricia Berger | January 16th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
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