Do You Intend To Keep Your Resolutions?

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What Do You Intend To Do?


I intend to… those are powerful words.

Thinking of New Year “resolutions” as intentions may be the difference between success and failure.

We are just days into the New Year and many folks have already allowed their New Year resolutions to fall by the wayside.


The fact that so many people do not keep their resolutions is so commonplace that there are even charities that use this phenomenon as a methodology for fundraising. Some will even ask  you to donate $1 for every day that a resolution is failed. While this is an ingenious idea for accountability and fundraising it is also steeped in negativity.

Negativity sets you up for failure right at the starting line.

Negativity convinces your subconscious self, and your conscious self, that success is a concept that will not be achieved. 

Why would you want to live in a negative world?

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It is much better to live in the positive, a grand place in which we understand that each “failed” attempt is not a failure at all.


Each “failed” attempt is an opportunity for learning.

An opportunity to evaluate what was successful and what needs improvement.

This is the place where you can see what works and what does not work.

This is the place where your power is waiting for your arrival.

Embrace this power!

We are just days into the New Year and many folks have already allowed their New Year resolutions to fall by the wayside. Do you intend to keep yours?

As far as being accountable to a charity, a friend, or a partner I have another idea entirely.

Be accountable to yourself.

You are the most important person in your life.


The most important person in your life is not your kids, your husband, your lover, or anyone but you.

Disclaimer: Of course, make sure your kids and family are safe and that there basic needs are met. Just do not forget yourself in the process. Your needs come BEFORE their desires.

I choose you as your accountability partner because you are the most important person in your life.

Do you intend to take care of yourself?

But what does “Accountable” really mean?

Merriam Webster defines this as:

the quality or state of being accountable; especially:  an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.

An obligation, or willingness, to accept responsibility for one’s actions.

It is perfectly brilliant. 

Love yourself enough to accept responsibility for the choices that you make. 


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How does all of this relate to what you intend to accomplish over the next 12 months? 


The answer is simple.

You have reviewed your life, your year and your desires for the future. Now you must take responsibility to make sure that when 2020 is in your rear view mirror, you know that you did everything possible to reach those milestones.


I challenge you to review your intentions for the year ahead.


Look deep inside  yourself and embrace all of your feelings.

Look at the positives and the dreaded negatives.

Consider how you can turn those negatives into a powerful positive.

Look more closely at the steps necessary to make your intentions come true.


I challenge you to step gloriously into your power.


This is the power that will help you to achieve your deepest heart’s desire.

The power that you need, want and desire will be found here.

This is the power that will make your heart sing.


This is the power that I intend to help you to connect to, cultivate, nourish and allow to flourish.

I intend to….  How will you  complete this sentence?


I intend to… those are powerful words.

Please Add Your thoughts below!

To Your Health,

Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy

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14 thoughts on “Do You Intend To Keep Your Resolutions?”

  1. Maria Niezgoda Azanha

    As a new mom I find it hard to stick to my New Year´s resolutions. But for me it´s one day at a time and I hope to get there one day 😉

  2. It’s so easy to fall right back into a bad habit and forget about your resolutions. For me, pregnancy got in the way and the nausea and exhaustion made me take a step back… but this little unexpected blessing is well worth it!

  3. So many people don’t keep their resolutions. The average is something like they keep them for about 2 or 3 weeks. But you’re so right that it’s up to each of us to keep our own resolutions. The only person who can change your own habits is yourself.

    Great reminder of where the buck stops. Here’s to your best 2020.

    1. Thank you for visiting and for sharing your thoughts. Something along the lines of 8-10% of all people achieves their resolutions. We can totally change that by being focused, realistic and finding the support that we need. I hope that you are doing well.

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About The Author

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in Mindset, Stress Management, Emotional Health and the Brain-Gut Connection to it all.

During Elise's 30+ years of experience she has been honored to work closely with health and wellness pioneers such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. John Gray, and several others.

Dr. Ho holds multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.