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3 Questions to Ask as You Set Intentions for the New Year

New Year’s resolutions and personal goals are valuable tools to motivate ourselves as we implement positive life changes. For caregivers or individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), it can be challenging to find the time, motivation, and energy to set goals and meet those expectations. Concentrating on our intentions — the why behind our goals — can increase your chances of actually accomplishing those goals. Direct Care Innovations encourages caregivers and individuals with an I/DD as they make changes during the new year. If you struggle with setting your intentions, start today with the three questions below. 

Setting Intentions for the New Year

1. What Do I Want to Change?

Individuals often set goals for the new year and strongly desire to meet them, but many leave those goals without an intention or purpose behind them. One of the most successful ways to meet your goals is to first discover what you want to change or improve about your life. Ask yourself questions such as “What do I value most?” or “Do I have any unfulfilled desires that have yet to be accomplished?”. Knowing your why builds a strong foundation for your personal intentions. 

2. What Can I Realistically Accomplish?

Many caregivers and individuals living with an I/DD have limited time and energy. Setting intentions is not about spending much of your time making massive changes but more about pursuing the best changes for you as an individual. Only you know how much you can add to your calendar. Are you able to commit to a long-term goal? What can you reasonably add to your schedule? Will this intention make life easier for you, or will it take energy and commitment you do not have now? Brainstorm various improvements or intentions and think them through before committing to them.

3. Who Can I Lean Into?

When setting intentions for yourself, having a friend in your corner who will help you remain committed to that intention can be extremely valuable. Sharing a life-changing intention with a trusted ally can keep you accountable and encourage you when you need it most. Choose a friend who holds to your values and will support you through times of doubt and discouragement.

Helping Your Clients Pursue Their Personal Intentions

Setting intentions as an individual living with an I/DD or as a caregiver can help you make small changes that, over time, will lead to a healthier, more fulfilled life. With our user-friendly healthcare business management platform, Direct Care Innovations supports Self-Directed Care Agencies, Medicaid/Medicare Providers, and more. Whether your organization needs an efficient employee training tracker, employee schedule software, or an EVV system for home care, DCI delivers integrated business management software that offers configurable solutions, multiple electronic integrations, and efficient day-to-day operations. Request a sales demo today or call us at (480) 295-3307.

Source: “7 Ways to Start Setting Intentions in the New Year.” Blog article. Era Living. 30 Dec. 2020. Web. 30 Nov. 2023.

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