How to Set a New Year’s Intention + An Instagram Contest!

BY: Sara Fruman
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New year, new you, right? We often start the new year with resolutions — ways we want to change our lives, our bodies and ourselves. But to focus on a resolution is often to focus on a problem, something negative about ourselves that we feel needs to be changed: “I resolve to lose five pounds,” or “I resolve to stop spending money on shoes.”


This year, we invite you to let go of negative resolutions and instead focus on setting a positive intention, a higher-consciousness thought that opens yourself to possibilities, rather than closing yourself off from them.


This year, let’s focus on the things we want, rather than the things we want to avoid.  Let’s state what we hope to cultivate or accomplish this upcoming year. Let’s look to the future rather than punish ourselves for the past.


Ready to set your New Year’s intention? Here’s how to do it — plus some incentive from us in the form of our first-ever Instagram contest!


Set Your New Intention


Set an intention for the new year the same way you would set an intention in your yoga practice. Perhaps your intention is to bring more whole foods into your diet or to take more time to nurture yourself. Focus on what you want to bring into your life this year and the steps it will take to make it happen.


Keep it positive; focusing on something you don’t like about yourself won’t help you achieve your goal. For instance, if your goal is to lose weight, your intention could simply be to appreciate and take care of your body through increased exercise and a healthier diet. If you mess up one day, just start again the next!


Share Your Intention and Win with Our #NewIntention Instagram Contest


We all have a better chance of realizing our positive intentions if we work together. That’s why we want you to share your new year’s intention in our #NewIntention Instagram contest!


How to Enter:


1. Follow @gaiam on Instagram here


2. Upload a photo to Instagram between now and January 15 that represents your New Year’s intention. Tag @gaiam and use the hashtag #NewIntention in your post.


That’s it! Three winners will each receive a $200 Gaiam gift coupon to help them reach their goal, whether it’s committing to a daily yoga practice or making the world a greener, eco-friendlier place.


BONUS: Regram our contest photo and instructions and you’ll also be entered to win a three-month subscription to Gaiam TV (@gaiamtv on Instagram)!


Stick With Your Intention


The Instagram contest ends on January 15, but we want your intention to last far beyond that!


One great way to keep focus on your intention is to meditate on that intention daily. Other tools to help you stick with your intention include creating an intention journal or vision board.


And of course, keep posting photos using the hashtag #NewIntention so we can follow you on your journey throughout 2014 and beyond!


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