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An Essential Guide to Setting Intentions

Setting intentions is a powerful practice. It allows you to reflect on your day to day life, and create new habits that will serve your purpose. Our thoughts and actions direct us towards creating our reality. 

I started setting intentions not too long ago when I felt I was so distracted and unfocused in life. I couldn’t really find the direction I needed to take.

With all the noise and distractions that take hold of our attention on a daily basis, it was nice to take a moment to regroup and figure out where I was headed.

I wanted to make sure that I was living life to it’s fullest potential and spending my time wisely. 

You may be wondering how you could start setting intentions and take part of this practice, or if it may be beneficial for you to begin doing the same.

Let’s explore the process of setting intentions, how to set them, examples, and more below: 

What is Setting An Intention?

Setting intentions is a bit different from setting goals. A goal is a plan or commitment you make to achieve something in the future.

An intention serves more as a guide, a purpose you want to manifest and put out there into the world. 

People set intentions that tend to align with their values, leading to their desired outcome. They want to place focus on what matters, and less on what doesn’t. 

This is what is so VALUABLE about setting intentions.

For example, an intention you have could be that you would like to read more.

What is the why behind this intention? A goal would simply be “Read one book each month.” But an intention is “ Read to acquire new knowledge and boost personal growth.” Do you see the difference?

It kind of takes away the pressure and clarifies the purpose of the act. 

How to Set Intentions 

I’m going to provide you with a few steps on how you can start to set intentions. You can follow these steps or create a system of your own, whichever suits you best.

1. Reflect on What You Value 

Reflecting on your values and what matters to you, will help you to see things more clearly.

This allows you to set your intentions that align with your values and purpose in life, leading you closer to defining your needs and desires. 

2. Write Them Down Daily, Monthly, and Yearly

Start by setting some time aside each morning to write down your intentions for the day.

Then move on to writing some long-term intentions, in a calendar or planner that you would like to manifest for the upcoming months and year. 

By doing this, you are able to see them clearly on paper and can track them better by referring back to them through the day or months ahead.

3. Revisit Your Intentions Each Month

As I mentioned before, referring back to your intentions is helpful in many ways.

Doing monthly check-ins, allows you to review the intentions you set and even change the ones that no longer align with your potential path.

Changing intentions is a natural process, given that we grow and change with time.

Some intentions we had set in the beginning of the year may not align with who we are towards the end of the year. And that’s OK, a little re-adjusting of those intentions will do the trick. 

Good Intentions to Set 

What are some good intentions to set for yourself? I like to keep the following questions in mind when it comes to setting my personal intentions:

1. Will it have a positive influence on my life?

Setting positive intentions is important as it sparks hope for a better future. It allows us to form a positive relationship with our intentions and the process.

2. Is it attainable?

Setting intentions that are far-fetched or out of our reach could have the opposite effect and cause you to begin distrusting the process and yourself. 

Sometimes what happens is that we set long-term intentions expecting short-term success. It’s human nature, we lose our patience quickly. 

To avoid this, try not to set your expectations too high, aim for manageable short-term intentions and learn to be patient with the long-term ones.

Keep in mind that these intentions may simply take time to manifest, and embrace that time. 

3. What is my why? 

When it comes to setting intentions as I mentioned before, the why is what matters the most.

Reveal your true purpose in your intentions and be 100% honest with yourself. Rely on your why to see them through to the end. 

Examples of Intentions

Let’s explore some examples of intentions, you can borrow these intentions if they align with your values and add your own personal why, or simply serve as a starting point. 

  • To believe more in myself 

  • To be kind to my partner and family 

  • To be true to myself 

  • To be honest with myself and others 

  • To approach the day with a new perspective 

  • To try to see the positive in things 

  • To embrace my failures

  • To practice patience in my daily life 

  • To create balance in my life 

  • To learn something new each day 

  • To do something nice for myself each day 

  • To do something nice for others each day 

  • To avoid comparing myself to others

  • To practice gratitude daily 

  • To learn to embrace imperfection 

  • To learn to say no

  • To be essential with my time and space

  • To be more light-hearted

  • To learn how to forgive more

  • To work on my weaknesses

Final Thoughts

It’s so easy to wander mindlessly throughout life and lose track of our direction and purpose. We often forget our “why” and get caught up in constant distractions that take us away from this.

Setting intentions is a powerful practice to get you back on track and define your life, instead of letting it define you.

What are some intentions you want to set? Are you ready to get started defining what truly matters in your life and the life you want to live? Share in the comments below!

Rebecca

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