Setting new year resolutions appears to be passe amongst spiritually-aware personal development experts. More people are recommending using intentions or themes to guide our directions at the start of a new year.
Since two years agoI have also personally found it more helpful to be setting intentions rather than be engaged in traditional resolution setting. In factI have found that the use of power words and phrases – to encapsulate the essence or the meaning of the intent – very effective.
Difference Between Setting Intentions and New Year Resolutions
What is the differenceyou may ask?
Wellmy perspective comes from personal experience. For the most partnew year resolution setting has been pretty much a left-brained activity for me. My resolutions were externally driven or were chosen because they would make me look good. In factit was easy to simply adopt a few – if not one – from a pool of widely known ones. Wellas far as I could rememberI never quite stuck to my New Year Resolutions as soon as I have made them.
On the other handpicking the right intentions involves our intuition. It requires an awareness of our inner desiresthe stirring of our heart. It is about bringing ourselves into alignment. The alignment is with a desired aspect of life that we are working on. Because it is about aligning ourselvessetting intentions also comes with addressing our resistances. Inner work may be required when we observe that we are out-of-alignment. Throughout the yearbased on our ongoing experiencesit may be necessary to make any changes to our intents as appropriate.
The process does not generate any sense of perceived “failure” or not living up to our resolutions per se. Setting intents is not a once-a-year activity; rather it is a process that naturally unfolds as we evolve. Because of thisI keep an intention-setting journal by my bedside to keep track of changes arising throughout the year. It is interesting to note how my intents have shifted to today’s.
Power Words for Visioning
From studying the the science of visioningI learn that it is a good idea to keep our intents or vision statements short and snappy. Having a power wordphrase or motto – that sums up the essence of what we desire – keeps us focused.
Indeedthe use of power words can serve as an ongoing mantra or motto. The Vision Board Book shared about the one compelling word for the Shroyers family that helped in achieving a life of their dreams. Keith Shroyer sprayed a wall – ten by twelve foot – in his living room with the word “freedom”. “Freedom” served as their guiding visionmotto and statement all rolled into one. EventuallyKeith moved from a dead-end job to a life of financial freedom. His family now lives in a boat.
While intention setting comes from withinit is not that we have to come up with something new. More importantlychoosing the appropriate power word or phrase to adopt for visioning must be able to elicit an emotional response from us. Power comes when we are able to connect deeply with the meaning behind the wordphrase or motto.
To help ignite inspirationI came up with a list of 30 power words for those who are new to intention setting. I also provide some examples of actions that can be taken to support and activate each vision.
30 Power Words: A-Z Guide
1. Power Word: Abundance
Power Phrase: Inter-align with AbundanceLiving in Abundance.
Power Action: Be expansivelet go of resistances and have a reverence for life.
2. Power Word: Action
Power Phrase: Just Do ItA thousand-Mile Journey Starts with a Single StepInspired Action.
Power Action: Take inspired actionavoid procrastination.
3. Power Word: Authenticity
Power Phrase: Authentic ExpressionBe Who I amUse My Voice.
Power Action: Connect to the truth of who I am.
4: Power Word: Balance
Power Phrase: Balance is Key to Wellness; Yin and Yang.
Power Action: Make time for priorities in liferestore inner and outer balancestudy feng shui elementsgo for yoga.
5. Power Word: Be
Power Phrase: Just Be.
Power Action: Focus more about being than doingpractice patiencejust breathe.
6. Power Word: Clarity
Power Phrase: InsightBe AwakeSee Clearly.
Power Action: See big pictureavoid getting too caught up in the content of the storypractice insight meditationwisdom from insight.
7. Power Word: Courage
Power Phrase: Live My DreamsFly.
Power Action: Take risksbe boldgo on adventuresmaster courage to do things differently.
8. Power Word: Creativity
Power Phrase: Creative Ideas on TapCreative Artist.
Power Action: Engage imaginationplay and possibility.
9. Power Word: Dream
Power Phrase: Dare to DreamI Dreamed a DreamDream BigDreams take Flight!
Power Action: Open myself to possibilitiesengage in imagination.
10. Power Word: Equanimity
Power Phrase: EquanimityQuality of EquanimityNon-Attachment.
Power Action: Practice equanimity i.e. calmcenteredbalanced and mindful awareness of the impermanence of thingssensations and experiences.
11. Power Word: Freedom
Power Phrase: Freedom from FearFinancial FreedomFreedom to Live.
Power Action: Let go of resistancesfree to make choices.
12. Power Word: Gratitude
Power Phrase: Gratitude is GoldGratitude RocksGratitude Now.
Power Action: Practice gratitudecount my blessings and share my gifts.
13. Power Word: Harmony / Peace / Serenity
Power Phrase: Let my Breath be my Guide; Love the MomentPeace of Mind.
Power Action: Make peace with every momentlearn qi gong.
14. Power Word: Health
Power Phrase: Health is Wealth
Power Action: Practice mindful eatingmake healthy food choicesexercisestay healthy mentally.
15. Power Word: Intuition
Power Phrase: Intuitive AwarenessIntuitive Intelligence.
Power Action: Awaken and develop intuitive abilities.
16. Power Word: Joy
Power Phrase: Enjoy the JourneyLive it UpCelebrateLive NowHappiness is Key to Success.
Power Action: Choose to be happy whatever the situation isbe light heartedcelebrate every small thing!
17. Power Word: Laughter
Power Phrase: Lightness of BeingLaughter is the Best Medicine.
Power Action: Look at the humor in each situationavoid taking things too seriouslyhave fun.
18. Power Word: Love
Power Phrase: Love Thyself; Love is All Around.
Power Action: Practice unconditional self love and love for others.
19. Power Word: Money / Prosperity / Wealth
Power Phrase: I am a Money MagnetMultiple Streams of IncomeFinancial Freedom
Power Action: Shatter limiting money beliefsadopt prosperity consciousnessworry less but keep vibrations up.
20. Power Word: Oneness
Power Phrase: We are One.
Power Action: Let go of separation.
21. Power Word: Possibility
Power Phrase: Open to PossibilityDwell in Possibility.
Power Action: Open to receivingpractice non-judgmenttry new experiences.
22. Power Word: Power
Power Phrase: Step Into PowerAwaken My Potential.
Power Action: Let go of fearsstep uptake charge.
23. Power Word: Presence / Mindfulness
Power Phrase: Live in the Now.
Power Action: Practice mindful awarenessgive quality attention to the momentmeditate.
24. Power Word: Responsibility
Power Phrase: Live DeliberatelyTake ChargePower To Change.
Power Action: Commit to inner changeless blame of othersconscious living.
25. Power Word: Share
Power Phrase: Spread LoveShare my Divine Light.
Power Action: Practice loving kindnesslend a helping handshare my gifts.
26. Power Word: Success
Power Phrase: I am a WinnerSuccess is Constancy to Purpose.
Power Action: Think successdream big.
27. Power Word: Smile
Power Phrase: Window to My SoulLanguage of Love.
Power Action: Smile to strangersneighborsetc.
28. Power Word: Space
Power Phrase: Make Space.
Power Actions: Clear the clutterswitch off TVmeditate.
29. Power Word: Spirituality
Power Phrase: Connect with God/Source/Guides“I am a Spirit with a Human Experience”.
Power Action: Adopt good valueslive consciouslymindful of egotake wise actionsreverence for lifeetc.
30. Power Word: Wellness
Power Phrase: Mind-Body-Spirit HarmonySelf Nurture.
Power Action: Make time for relaxationde-stressrelease negative emotionslet go of old baggage.
Don’t make the mistake of cluttering your visioning or intention setting process with too many power words (see picture at the top of my post) either! My suggestion is to choose one or fewer than three at any one time. The picture below is a vision board that I made to illustrate the right use of power words….
Decided on yours already? What is/are yoursby the way?
In Loving Abundance,
Credit: Vision board pictures used for this post are made using photoshop software and alsowith free textured images available here.