It’s the start of a new year. Each of us is likely making a list of resolutions. The things we want to change about ourselves, our bodies, our lives.

We come into January hot, focused. Ready to get after our new year goals.

But come February, it’s the same old story, we start to fall permanently off the wagon. In fact, 80% of people fail to stick to their resolutions! That’s a lot.

It’s no surprise. Change is tough. It’s hard to make changes stick, especially if we are prone to binary thinking... I’m on the resolution wagon or off it, it's all or nothing, black or white, good or bad.

This is why I preach setting new year intentions over resolutions.

Intensions encompass the gray area of missing a workout or feeling unmotivated for a day or two. They allow us space to breathe, refocus, and start again. Intensions have an inherent sense of compassion.

Cause we will trip, want to quit, throw in the towel. It’s human nature. It’s part of the change journey.

But if we cut ourselves some slack, approach missteps with a sense of self compassion versus condemnation, we are far more likely to recompose ourselves and carry on, with purpose, toward what we intend for 2017 and beyond.

Intentions are the starting point of any dream. And the idea of having my dreams come true versus my resolutions achieved has a much more romantic and fulfilling ring to it, don’t cha think?

So, let me ask you, what are you intending to create for yourself in 2017?