Stay Mindful with Intentions
I believe in goals and resolutions; I’m a coach, after all! I work with parents and families as we set goals together. Personally, I set annual business goals and biweekly goals with my accountability partner. Goals help us plan and accomplish our dreams.
But what happens when life gets in the way? How do we manage the bumps in the road? That’s when intentions are helpful for managing the load.
What Are Intentions?
Intentions help us stick to who we are and what we need so we can accomplish our goals. They can be short-term, long-term, or designed for a particular event or purpose. Intentions help us get around the obstacles when we may need take detours to achieve our objectives.
Rather than being results-oriented like goals, intentions focus within, on our state of being. Intentions help us get back on track when we’ve lost our way, or when we feel we might wander off. They ultimately influence our decision-making and help us stay mindful and present. Our intentions can become the very essence of who are.
Finding Your Intentions
Consider these questions when setting your intentions. Expect your responses to change over time as you re-evaluate your intentions.
• What do you stand for?
• What personal characteristics define you right now?
• What do you need?
• What really matters to you?
• What fires you up?
• What are you grateful for?
• What’s your guiding light?
• What’s your watchword or motto?
Here are my Intentions
To give you an example, I'll share my intentions with you.
• Focus on the positive and what I can do. I’m “praying with my feet” for the healing of my crazy foot, so focusing on what I can do has been my mantra.
• Choose courage over fear. I now embrace public speaking and am grateful to my Toastmasters Speaking chapter for all I’m learning. I look forward to continuing to grow.
• Trust my intuition. This is so empowering!
• Do what matters: family time, meaningful work, friends, volunteering, singing in my beloved choir, connecting with nature. These are my passions.
• Listen. Listening actively is my true heart of connection.
• Challenge myself, jump in, and GROW.
Intentions help us find our way and focus on our state of being.
• They assist us in closing the gap between what we’re doing and the essence of who we are.
• They help us fail forward, so that when we get off-track, we are mindful of what really matters.
• Intentions help us stay true to ourselves.
• They can be short-term, long-term, or designed for a specific event or purpose.
Experiment with setting your intentions and let me know how it goes!.
All the best in the year ahead,
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