Don’t you love the hope a new year inspires? For a few days anyway, we’re eager to step into new beginnings. We feel we can start fresh and create something better. Then life intrudes with the same problems we had yesterday and we respond in exactly the same way we always do.

How do we maintain the optimism and hope a new year brings? I have one simple suggestion: Don’t do a traditional New Year’s resolution! In most cases, you’ll be setting yourself up for failure. Instead of creating an external goal in the form of a resolution, set an Internal Intention.

Years ago, I went through a period of time where I felt out of control. It seemed like life happened to me and I couldn’t do anything about it. It was one problem after another. Work was stressful; there wasn’t enough time to do everything I needed to do. My relationship was frustrating and I didn’t feel heard or valued. I had frequent migraines. I was anxious and unhappy. I felt hopeless about creating a happier life.

Fortunately I woke up (which is another story), and I became aware of my inner self. I discovered I had the power to create a better life. I could be happier and less stressed, even with my life issues. Sure, I would have preferred all of my problems disappear, but that’s not how life works.

Don’t we all want to feel good? Happy? Less stressed? I’m not saying you should deny or ignore your negative emotions!! If you’ve ever watched my A1R Psychic Radio show you’ve probably heard me say it’s necessary to feel our emotions in order to process what’s happening. But we don’t have to stay in a negative place. We have the choice to create a different life experience, with more positive emotions.

Setting an Internal Intention is deciding to focus on an emotion you would like more of. Would you like more happiness, optimism, or peace? Every morning I set my intention for a positive emotion. As the day progresses, my choices reflect my intention. If I’m looking for more optimism, I focus on gratitude and positive aspects of my life. If I want more happiness, I avoid negative people. I choose inspirational reading rather than the national news. I don’t allow myself to get worked up over petty problems. I’m not always successful. Sometimes life gets the better of me. But overall, I’m much happier and less stressed.

This is a simple step to creating a better life. One moment, one day at a time. If your inner self is happier, you’ll be surprised to find your external life becomes more manageable. If life seems to be happening to you and it feels out of your control, set a daily Internal Intention. Be mindful of your intention as you make choices throughout your day. The next time life knocks you down or simply irritates you, the Internal Intention will help you access your power to create a happier life.

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