Today I want to talk about setting intentions in order to live a successful, authentic life.
How many of you leave work and, once you get home, realize you were on autopilot for your entire commute? Or maybe you realized you were on autopilot for the entire day?
How many of you go about your day-to-day activities simply going through the motions, reacting to the interactions and events that come your way rather than actively setting intentions for them?
In this go-go-go world we have built for ourselves, it’s so easy to get lost in the mundane. One day blends into the next and soon an entire week of your life has gone by and you haven’t moved much closer to any of your goals.
That’s why it’s important to start living your life with intent.
Why is it we take the time to prepare for an interview, a big game or a date – but not for the rest of our lives? Yes, those things are important – but aren’t the other 362 days of our lives important too? Even if it is just a normal, boring Monday – setting intentions puts you in a state of preparedness for any opportunity that may arise. And it’s better to be prepared for something that may come along than to not be prepared at all. Knowing that you have a clear direction for your day allows you to be more open to opportunities that may just fall into your lap!
Before I start my day, I think about what I would like to get out of the next 24 hours. Some days I write them down, other days I make a mental note while meditating. Here are three simple questions I ask myself in the morning so I am able to live with intent.
1. What are my long-term goals?
By picturing your long-term goals you are instantly aligning yourself with them. Once you have these goals in your head, your mind starts quietly working on figuring out ways to get itself there. Be warned though, this also works the opposite way. If you wake up and think about how this won’t be a good day because (fill in the blank) – your mind will start working toward making sure that happens for you as well.
2. What am I going to do to get closer to these goals?
At this point your mind starts to break down your big picture goals into smaller, more manageable bites. If your long-term goals include publishing a book – you’ll know that you need to organize the flow of your novel or that you should reach out to someone who has done something similar and ask for their advice. If you want to become an entrepreneur, you’ll know that you need to complete a course, build your website or research success stories. Once these more manageable tasks come to mind, it’s easier to gain a clearer vision of how you should carry out your day.
3. What are three intentions for today that will bring me closer to achieving my goals?
The key to the tone and direction of your day is in this question. Perhaps you know that in order to succeed you need to make time to practice self-love. Maybe in order to transition into a more entrepreneurial lifestyle you need to be more disciplined with your time. Or maybe you need to get more comfortable speaking with unfamiliar people. Whatever your goals and ambitions may be, you should be setting intentions every morning when you wake. This will allow you to get the most out of your day.
Here are some simple examples of intentions that can lend themselves to a number of different goals:
Today, I intend to eat clean and drink at least eight glasses of water.
Today, I intend to bring joy to everyone I encounter.
Today, I intend to respond first, then react.
Today, I intend to forgive others, and myself.
Today, I intend to stop taking things personally.
Today, I intend to find the silver lining in every situation I experience.
Today, I intend to be disciplined and productive.
Today, I intend to move for at least thirty minutes.
Today, I intend to find new ways to be a good friend/partner/daughter/son/employee/teammate.
Now that you’ve taken action, you’ve planted seeds in your mind. These seeds will sit there all day, asking to bloom – until you carry out your intentions.
Remember, we attract what we think about. Setting your mind right first thing in the morning. Rise with a clear vision of how you want your day (and your life) to carry out. When you do this, there’s no stopping you. You are the creator of your own reality. Stop moving through the motions and reacting to whatever the universe gives us. Live with intent and attract your goals into our life.