Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Setting Your Intention

Okay, so I might look like this uber-motivated, filled-to-the-brim-with-positivity, energy-inducing ball of fire. However, I’d love to set it straight that I’m actually just as challenged as the next girl when it comes to “making the work magic happen.”

Who hasn’t been that person that starts something with full zest and gusto, only to let it go after reaching that first obstacle; or letting the fear that is inside all of us, grab hold and shrink our power? You may have goals – possibly even put on paper in the form of a basic intention. I’ll ask you this though- if you’ve written (or even just verbally expressed) your goals, how many times do you revisit them and ask yourself what you’ve done to achieve them?

I am a huge pen-to-the-paper writer. If I don’t write it down in a notebook, I can’t cross it off to say that it’s done. A little OCD? Maybe. It also forces me to focus on my intention (notice I say intention, rather than goals). Again, anyone can set goals – but how many people set their INTENTION each day?

As a part-time yoga instructor, it’s something I teach people at the beginning of each class. We set our intention for our practice – whether that be letting go of stress; not thinking about outside distractions or “to do” lists; dropping a habit that doesn’t serve us, etc. It’s easily something that spills over into life. Once we train ourselves to set an intention for an hour class, we can move on to set an intention for the day. If that pans out (or even if it doesn’t, who cares?), we’ve gained trust in ourselves to continue lengthening that time frame.


1) Write it down. Somewhere. Anywhere. It can be a dedicated notebook; a sticky note on your bathroom mirror; your fridge; or your hand. Set your intention for the day and remind yourself of that intention until you can cross it off.

2)Intentions aren’t goals. Intentions are much more meaningful – a practice of placing your passion and efforts in a place where you want them most, helping and serving others in order to achieve. There is trust, loss, gain, courage and fire in intentions.

3)FIND your intention. If that means you have to start with a goal, and then “back into” your intention, that’s fine. As in, state your goal first – “I want to make tons of money.” Okay, rephrase with intent: “I will provide for my family so that we will be financially independent – with no worries about money, ever.” See what I mean? Strong phrase!

4)The Stones said it best – “you can’t always get what you want…you get what you need.” You will find that you gravitate to the intentions you want most…and then feel failure when they aren’t achieved. Try to look at the partial success you might have reached with that intention, and then realize that it was the universe giving you what you NEEDED.

5)Start small – baby steps are good. As above, set your intentions in small increments and pace them out. Set an intention for an hour. Then a day. Then a month. Then a year. We call it “living in the present” for a reason – you’ve got to cross the molehills in the day to day before you ever conquer the mountain.

So the next time you check yourself on the “goal setting for 2011,” try to flip it on yourself. Take those goals or statements that you made and make them stronger by placing intention around them. Go getcha some!

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