Intentions for 2014
What are your intentions for the New Year?

I wish you a Happy New Year and hope you will spend a moment with a powerful exercise to usher it in.

This New Year’s exploration is quick and affirming. It will help you see what you are willing to make of your year.

This is not a wish list. This is your truth, in this moment, and no one (including you) can shake you from it. Ready?

Below is a list of possible life intentions. Rate each item on the list from 1 to 5 (not very important to highly important):

  • Financially successful
  • Physically fit and healthy
  • A successful artist or sculptor
  • A successful musician or composer
  • A successful author, playwright or poet
  • A contributor to my community
  • A loving family member or partner
  • Develop spiritually
  • A well-respected professional
  • An effective teacher
  • Well-educated
  • A creator of beauty
  • An effective coach
  • An effective healer
  • Well-traveled
  • An effective mentor
  • A successful entrepreneur
  • An adventurer
  • An effective therapist
  • An effective minister
  • A visionary leader
  • An effective communicator
  • A generous friend
  • A successful team player

On an index card, write down all of the items that you rated 4 or 5.

On the other side write: “I am willing to be.”

Now read them together: “I am willing to be . . .”

For the first few days of this new year, pull out your cards a few times to affirm your willingness to be your life’s intentions.

I decided that I was willing to make 2014 a year of ease and grace in my life as a leader, coach and community member.

I can’t wait to hear about what you are willing to be.

“We are all here to take the ideas that excite us and accomplish them through action. We all yearn to contribute something of ourselves, to know that our lives have made a difference to our family, friends, and community. The ideas that we find most exhilarating are those that reflect one or more of our life’s intentions. They speak to us clearly of the contributions we’re here to make. That focus brings comfort and gives direction. We see ourselves that which is already whole and complete, just waiting to be expressed. We breathe into life, knowing that all is well.” – Maria Nemeth, PhD

With love,


Ruth Schwartz

Ruth Schwartz is the author of "The Key to the Golden Handcuffs". She is a high performance business consultant and leadership coach. Connect with Ruth to participate in the conversation. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube .

    4 replies to "Intentions: Try This Powerful Exercise for the New Year"

    • Victoria LaFont

      Great exercise! Thanks for this!

      • ruthschwartz

        Happy New Year Victoria. What are you willing to be?XX

    • Bill Parravano


      I decided that I was willing to make 2014 a year of financial success in my life as a visionary leader, effective communicator and loving partner.

    • ruthschwartz

      Awesome. I look forward to helping to make that happen. XX

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