Many say that it takes about three months to set a new habit. I think that's why the idea of resolutions in the new year can present challenges for so many, and why we typically see so many give an all-out effort for the first few weeks, only to see that dwindle as time moves on.
My approach is around setting intentions instead...and then re-setting them.
Before we go about setting them, though, we should first orient to why they are so important! Simply put, intentions are critical because they put in place a map with guideposts to help us navigate life. If you are not able to see where you are going, it's going to be tougher to get there.
When it comes time for you to approach setting intentions, make sure to set yourself up for success here. That means quiet, phones on silent and uninterrupted time.
Then, really start to think things through. Allow yourself to dream big sky dreams! Put yourself in the destination spot and get specific with how all five senses play into that orientation. For example: once you are on the other side of X, talk about how it will look, feel, smell etc when you are there. Be specific. Be more specific than you think I mean when I ask you to be specific. :)
Go through this practice for all the beautiful areas of your life. Look at what the goal is and then evaluate back from there. What thoughts or actions should you be taking now in order to orient yourself to the trajectory you want?
Here's another great thing about intentions - you can set them whenever you want! You don't have to wait for a glass of something sparkly on a cold December evening or a crisp January morning - no! You can set them in the middle of a day on Wednesday; in the shower on a random Thursday morning; in the middle of driving in traffic...anywhere...any time!
So don't wait for me or some other pre-determined moment...the moment is now!