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Intentions, Not Resolutions: A Fresh Approach to the New Year


As we step into a new year, the air is often filled with resolutions and promises of self-improvement. However, at Glendower Preparatory School, this year we would encourage our students, staff, and parents to shift their focus from rigid resolutions to setting intentions that foster personal growth and well-being.

The problem with New Year’s resolutions lies in their often unattainable and strict nature. Statistics show that a significant number of individuals abandon their resolutions within the first few weeks of the year. At Glendower, we believe in a more compassionate approach—one that encourages self-reflection, kindness, and forgiveness (for yourself, when you don’t quite hit your goals!).

Setting intentions involves cultivating a positive mindset and embracing the journey of personal development with a sense of understanding and self-love. It is more fitting within our philosophy of a growth mindset – rather than purely “Black-Or-White” thinking, which often just leaves us being harsh on ourselves. Instead of punishing yourself for not adhering to strict resolutions, setting intentions allows for flexibility and self-compassion. Recognising that life is a series of ups and downs, and that mistakes are inevitable, allows for a more sustainable and gentle path towards growth.

Write them down, and share them with others

One key aspect of this approach is the importance of writing down your intentions. By putting pen to paper, you not only solidify your commitment but also create a tangible reminder of your aspirations. Share these intentions with friends, family, or colleagues who can offer support and encouragement. This shared commitment can foster a sense of community and accountability, and others’ ideas may well inspire you for your own thinking.

At the heart of our recommended approach is the suggestion to make daily gratitude a focus. In a world that often emphasizes what we lack or perceive as flaws, practicing gratitude is a powerful tool for shifting focus towards the positive aspects of our lives. Taking time each day to reflect on and appreciate the good things already present can significantly impact our mental well-being.

Gratitude encourages a mindset shift from self-judgment to self-acceptance. Instead of fixating on perceived inadequacies or mistakes, individuals can learn to be kind to themselves. Accepting that perfection is an unrealistic standard and that growth is a continuous process allows for a more forgiving and nurturing relationship with oneself. One of our key aims is to foster positive and kind relationships – and this must start with ourselves. It is far too easy to always be striving for “The Next Thing”, but sometimes just celebrating where we are at now is the crucial, especially for our girls at their young age.

By setting the intention to practice gratitude daily, individuals embark on a journey of self-discovery and appreciation. This simple yet profound shift in perspective has the potential to transform not only the way we approach the new year but also our overall outlook on life.

So join us this year as our team suggest a departure from traditional New Year’s resolutions towards a more compassionate and sustainable approach—setting intentions. By embracing flexibility, forgiveness, and a commitment to daily gratitude, individuals can foster personal growth with kindness and understanding. As we embark on this new year, let us prioritize self-love, acceptance, and the appreciation of the positive aspects of our lives.


Minisha Bist – Head of Nursery and Early Years

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