Monday Challenge – Setting Intentions

Setting Intentions
 
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.
 
September workshops:
 
Monday, September 23, 7pm – Positive Parent
Westfield community School, NJ
908-232-4050
 
Wednesday, September 25, 7pm – Re-entering the   workforce
Union County College, NJ
908-709-7601
 
Thursday, September 26, 6:30pm – Declutter your life &   reduce stress
Sussex Community College, NJ
973-300-2140
 
My Mission: Inform, educate and inspire!
 
Diane Lang, 
MA Counseling Educator
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About Finding your happiness

Diane Lang is a Therapist, educator, author and life coach. Diane has two books: Baby steps the path from motherhood to Career and Creating balance & finding happiness. Diane works as a Therapist and also is an adjunct at Montclair State University. This blog will help educate and empower you to live your best life! For more information please visit her website: www.dlcounseling.com
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