What is your new year’s resolution? That is the one question that will be flaunted around toward the final few days of every year. Most of the time, we will blurt out a goal we had failed to achieve before. Only, this time, we genuinely believe we are going to reach it. ‘This is the year I am going to make it happen’, is what we normally say.
Sometimes, while your new year resolutions might be extremely coherent and well-thought-out objectives, the truth is, it is highly unlikely that they will be achieved. So, instead of setting new goals for the year ahead, according to Stacey Hines, author, speaker, and business and leadership transformation expert and coach, people can focus on intentions.
According to Hines, an intention is a guiding principle for who you want to be and how you want to act, live, and show up in this world. “Whether at work, in relationships, during your creative or spiritual pursuits, or in any other area of your life, an intention serves as an internal compass. It offers a sense of clarity and helps guide your actions as you move throughout the days of the year,” she said.
An intention, she said, should not be confused with a goal. “A goal is the desired outcome you wish to attain further into the future. An intention is a chosen theme that allows you to create alignment in your life. Think of it as a greater aim, a holistic purpose, or an attitude you are choosing to commit to. It forms the fabric through which you will sow your actions and reap the rewards,” Hines said.
Hines, founder of Epic Transformation, a technology-focused workforce transformation company, was the keynote presenter at Flair‘s ‘Begin Your Year With Flair Master Class,’ an interactive and informative webinar that guided participants with the tools for self-empowerment, mindfulness and effective planning that was aimed at helping them set intentions to grow in all aspects of their lives.
Hines indicated that there is no right or wrong way to set intentions for yourself, but people should focus on their sole direction and be true to themselves. As the year progresses, people can set minor quarterly goals and ensure that they are aligned with their intention.
Also sharing the stage with Hines was Tiffany Lawson, executive financial advisor at Sagicor Life Insurance Company. Financial freedom, she said, can be achieved at any age. “Regardless of how you define financial freedom, everyone can benefit from taking a comprehensive approach to money management,” Lawson said.
Lawson encouraged participants to be intentional about their finances, setting smart goals, budgeting, and knowing their expenses to ensure some level of financial freedom. “Financial literacy does not happen by chance. It takes work and patience. You have to put certain things in place to live intentionally. You must also have a plan for how you want to accomplish these goals for the year,” Lawson said.
With fun-filled exercises, participants were able to evaluate their intentions and chart the path to holistic development. They were able to begin setting intentions for aspects of their lives they’ve neglected, bringing those areas to the fore, and setting intentions so as to make a difference.
Participants were treated to goodies, courtesy of sponsors Sagicor Jamaica, Benjamins Cosmetics and Epic Transformation. Hines also shared her Living With Intent e-workbook with all participants, to give them insight and help them become a better version of themselves.