If you think setting intentions is limited to yoga classes and meditation retreats, think again.
These guiding principles are just as useful for relationships, business or anything else you do during your daily life. When you set intentions, you become empowered, focused and show the Universe you are ready to live your best life, on purpose.
These powerful intentions keep the most important things at the front of your mind, and make it easier to integrate them into your usual daily habits and routines.
Benefits of Setting Intentions:
- Know the true you. The process of creating intentions encourages you to turn your attention inwards. You discover what’s on your mind at a level deeper than remembering to put fuel in the car or working through your task list. All the answers to living your best life live within you, and intentions can help unearth your values, beliefs and attitudes.
- Increase your motivation. It’s easier to put forth effort when you’re doing something that you truly believe in. You’re more likely to persevere until you see results, which creates even more incentives to keep going.
- Live more meaningfully. Imagine devoting your time and talents to the projects that you feel passionate about. You can live deliberately and choose your legacy instead of letting events happen to you.
How to Set Your Intentions:
Start by thinking about what matters to you and how you want to live your life.
- Find a quiet space. Start by clearing away distractions. Sit down in a comfortable position and focus on your breath. Calm your mind with prayer and meditation.
- Consider your values. Identify your core values and beliefs. Ask yourself what happiness and success mean to you. Think about how you feel when your actions align with your values and you use them to guide your decisions.
- Speak your language. Your affirmations need to resonate with you. Maybe you like to keep them simple or maybe you prefer a more poetic message. Maybe you accomplish more when you look at the big picture, or maybe you need more structure and detail.
- Think positive. Whatever shape your intentions take, focus on positive statements. Think about what you want instead of what you are trying to avoid.
- Add a timeline. If being compassionate or mindful for the rest of your life sounds a little too challenging, break things down into a single day or hour at a time. Set yourself up for success.
Here are some questions to help you set your intentions…
- What makes you feel empowered?
- What positive words resonate with you?
- Who or what are you grateful for?
- How do you feel when you are fully ‘in flow‘?
- What matters to you?
- Are there creative avenues you wish to explore?
- What no longer serves you that you would like to let go of?
- What makes you feel proud?
How to Implement Your Intentions:
- Write them down. Just the act of putting your intentions into writing can make them seem more concrete and attainable. You’ll strengthen your sense of commitment and make it easier to visualize your destination. As you clarify your intentions, you may also notice any obstacles that you need to address.
- Create triggers. Develop reminders that will prevent you from losing sight of your intentions when you’re dealing with daily responsibilities. You may want to revisit them each morning while you meditate or reflect on them while you’re in the shower. Include your intentions on your vision board and make them part of your daily journaling practice.
- Hold yourself accountable. What would make you more likely to stick to your plans? You could tell family and friends what you’re doing or promise yourself a reward that will keep you on track.
- Evaluate your progress. Speaking of staying on track, establish milestones that will help you to see where you are strong, and where you need to keep growing and learning. Learn from your achievements and setbacks.
- Ask for feedback. Sometimes it helps to hear what others have to say about how you’re doing. Find someone you trust who you can discuss your intentions with. Give each other the benefit of your combined wisdom and support.
Here are some intentions to inspire you…
- To be the friend to others that I would choose to have
- To accept obstacles as positive challenges
- To find joy in the smallest moments
- To show up for my dreams
- To share freely and willingly to inspire others to do the same
- To listen fully when the people I love are speaking to me
- To put my heart into everything I do
- To use my precious time wisely and not waste it
Setting intentions can transform your life. These simple heartfelt statements provide a road-map to guide your choices and keep you focused on your priorities so you can enjoy more happiness and fulfillment.
Have you manifested wonderful things in your life from setting intentions? We would love to hear your story, comment below.