In the new year the talk is all about resolutions. Studies show that most resolutions never come to fruition (8% of people actually achieve their resolution) and many people stop trying come mid March (over half). statisticbrain.com noted that the top 10 resolutions for 2015 were:
1 Lose Weight
2 Getting Organized
3 Spend Less, Save More
4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5 Staying Fit and Healthy
6 Learn Something Exciting
7 Quit Smoking
8 Help Others in Their Dreams
9 Fall in Love
10 Spend More Time with Family
So how are we faring? Well 70% of adults age 20 and older are either overweight or obese. So looks like that number 1 resolution is not getting achieved. Because I just took a continuing ed class on Fighting Obesity I can tell you that “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks obesity as the number one health risk facing America. Since 1980, prevalence rates for adults have doubled while rates for children have tripled. The direct and indirect cost of treating obesity- related health problems in the U.S. is estimated at $117 billion per year. U.S. Department of Labor reports 39 million lost workdays due to obesity-related health problems.”
Here is another fun factoid. Did you know that 67% of people with gym memberships never use them? Whaaat?
The Set Your Intentions event at Athleta is taking a different stance. Let’s look at the definition of resolution according to dictionary.com:
1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal group.
2. the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.
Nowhere in the definition is there a result. It is the act of determining upon an action. So people say their resolution is the lose weight. They have determined upon an action (lose weight). So according to the textbook definition anyone making a resolution is successful. What most of us are looking for is a result.
Now let’s look at the definition of intention. dictionary.com says:
1. the act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result, the end or object intended; purpose
2. purpose or attitude toward the effect of one’s actions or conduct
I love it! The act of determining mentally - that means using your brain. So now we have to act and use our brain. We need to use our brain toward some action or result, the end object intended; purpose. The actual definition of intention says there should be a result. So if we set intentions we need to use our minds to come to both and action and a result we want to achieve and maybe even have some purpose in there. It could be the purpose of our intention, so to lose weight so that you don’t have to take certain medications. Or our intention could have purpose. So we want to spend more time with family so we create stronger bonds, develop more resilient children, reduce the stress in our lives and increase the happiness.
This year let’s take a new view. Join us on January 9th at Athleta and be ready to set your intentions! #powerofintentions