For me setting intentions is my latest challenge. I have a good daily spiritual routine. I start my day with: Prayers, Gratitude, a 5-15 minute meditation and then followed by a 2-3 mile walk and a good breakfast. I thought everything was fine but I still feel something is missing and I realized I wasn’t setting intentions. I would do it once in awhile when I remembered but not enough to make an impact on my life. So I set out to make my Monday Challenge – Setting intentions. Hope you can join me?
Why is it important to set intentions?
1. It becomes clear what you really want
2. It helps you to set priorities and stick with them.
3. You say your intentions out loud and it becomes a commitment to yourself.
4. When you set intentions, you will take action. Its like a non-written contract between yourself and the universe/source.
5. Its starts the excitement of getting things done.
6. It makes your goals a reality.
How do we set intentions? How do we start?
1. You need to know what your intention is? This is the hardest and most important part. if you know it great. Set it, say it out loud and write it out.
If not, its time to do some soul searching and self-evaluation – we all know it but it can be covered up by fear, rejection, past experiences, etc.
To find it – take some time alone and start writing down everything you want to do? What are you passionate about? What makes you excited? What did you dream about doing as a child but reality got in the way? When it’s something you truly want, you will get energy with it, a sense of excitement, an emotional attachment – those are all signs your reaching your true intention.
2. Be honest with yourself – don’t do what others think you should do. Don’t do what is in your comfort zone but doesn’t excite you. Step outside your comfort zone.
3. Change your old negative belief patters – sometimes we cant see our intentions clearly due to old thought habits such as: I can’t do this, It will be too hard, I will never make money at this, etc. You must change the old thought patterns to new ones. Ask yourself – why do I have these old thought patterns? is it from past experiences? if it is learn from your past but remember your past doesn’t have to determine your future. Its all up to you.
4. Be patient – in today’s world it is easy to expect instant gratification. We are raised with the Internet, cell phone, texting, etc. We must remember to stay true to our intentions and realize it takes hard work and time. Expect the ups and downs and go with the flow, you will get to where you need to go.
5. Say your intentions out loud – its great to write them down but saying it out loud just brings more commitment to the intention.
6. Don’t look at your life and say “I can’t because I’m not ready or I need to do _____ before I can set my intention”. This just sets you up for failure/disappointment because your playing the waiting game, The I will change when _____ is different/better is just another excuse to not push ahead. It doesn’t matter where you are today, you can set your intentions anyway. I have had clients who set their intentions as” I will have a better day today then yesterday” or :” I will work harder today then yesterday”. Setting intentions mean your moving forward.
Monday, September 23, 7pm – Positive Parent
Westfield community School, NJ
Wednesday, September 25, 7pm – Re-entering the workforce
Union County College, NJ
Thursday, September 26, 6:30pm – Declutter your life & reduce stress
Sussex Community College, NJ
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