Intentions not Resolutions
December 29, 2011
Towards A Creative 2012. Part Two.
A creative intention differs from a new year’s resolution in a number of ways:
- POSITIVE: New year’s resolutions are often framed as negative injunctions (giving up, never again) and based on self-judgements and -criticism. Creative Intention is framed as a positive proposal, moving towards something you’d like to see more of in your life.
- ACKNOWLEDGES THE UNCONSCIOUS. New year’s resolutions harness the conscious will only. Creative Intention acknowledges that our behaviours are driven by conscious and unconscious impulses.
- ACCEPTANCE: New year’s resolutions see you as flawed, in need of fixing. Creative Intention recognises that all is unfolding as it should.
- UNDERWRITTEN WITH PLAN: New year’s resolutions are made in a vacuum. Creative Intention requires a where-and-when plan.
- FLEXIBLE: New year’s resolutions are determined and fixed, aiming to control. Creative Intention is willing and open, aiming to allow.
- LONG-LASTING: Perhaps the biggest difference is that a creative intention is not a self-flagellating, half-held, resolution that goes “in one year and out another” but a lifelong commitment.
So what will you create in 2012?
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