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Setting Intentions 101: How to Spark Magic in Your Everyday Life!



Lately you've probably been seeing this idea of setting intentions everywhere because let's face it—it's been everywhere. But as commonplace as that phrase is, no one really explains what it means to set an intention. So to kick off Setting Intention Sundays, here I am with a blog post to break down the concept.


 

Setting an intention means consciously deciding on a specific goal, focus, or state of being that you want to manifest in your life. It's about directing your thoughts, energy, and actions towards a particular outcome. Unlike goals, which are often concrete and measurable, intentions are more about the underlying purpose and desired feeling behind your actions. A lot of us are good doers, but we're not great at being. Embodiment is one of the best ways to expedite goal fulfillment and we can only embody the person we want to be by being! That said, setting intentions is great for embodying the traits of the person we are still blossoming into.


Some reasons why you should set an intention:


  1. Clarity and Focus: Intentions provide a clear direction, helping you stay focused on what truly matters to you. If you've been following me, you know one of the biggest roadblocks we can face is lack of clarity.

  2. Motivation: By setting an intention, you align your actions with your values and desires, which can increase your motivation and drive.

  3. Mindfulness: Intentions encourage you to be present and mindful, fostering a deeper connection to your daily activities and decisions. In this fast-paced world we live in, any opportunity to become more present is so valuable.

  4. Positive Energy: Setting an intention helps cultivate positive energy and a proactive mindset, enhancing your overall well-being.

  5. Manifestation: By consistently focusing on your intentions, you can attract opportunities and circumstances that align with your desired outcome.


Some tips to help you set your intentions:


  1. Reflect: Take some time to reflect on what you truly want. Consider your values, passions, and what brings you joy and fulfillment. You might feel called to meditate or do some deep breathing, before getting into deep reflection, go for it!

  2. Be Specific: While intentions can be broad, try to be as specific as possible about what you want to achieve or feel. For example, instead of "I want to be happy," consider "I intend to find joy and contentment in my daily activities."

  3. Positive Language: Frame your intention in positive language, focusing on what you want rather than what you don’t want. For example, "I intend to cultivate inner peace" instead of "I don't want to feel stressed."

  4. Write It Down: Writing your intention helps solidify it in your mind and serves as a visual reminder. Place it somewhere you’ll see it regularly.

  5. Visualize: Spend a few moments each day visualizing your intention as if it’s already happening. Feel the emotions associated with it.

  6. Align Actions: Ensure your daily actions and decisions align with your intention. Regularly check in with yourself to stay on track.

  7. Affirmations: Use affirmations to reinforce your intention. For example, if your intention is to be more confident, you might say, "I am confident and capable in all that I do."

  8. Gratitude: Practice gratitude for the progress you make towards your intention, no matter how small. This reinforces positive thinking and keeps you motivated.


Here's an example of those steps in action, just to make this super clear!


- Reflection: "I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with work and neglecting my personal well-being."

- Specific Intention: "I intend to create balance between my work and personal life."

- Positive Language: "I intend to create balance and harmony in my daily routine."

- Write It Down: "I am prioritizing my well-being and finding balance in all areas of my life."

- Visualize: Picture yourself managing your time effectively, enjoying work, and having time for self-care and hobbies.

- Align Actions: Set boundaries for work hours, schedule time for relaxation and activities you enjoy.

- Affirmations: "I am in control of my time and create balance effortlessly."

- Gratitude: "I am grateful for every step I take towards a balanced and fulfilling life."


 

By setting an intention, you create a powerful foundation for your actions and mindset, guiding you towards a more focused and fulfilling life.


I'm really hoping this little overview helped you get a better idea of what it means to set an intention. Join me on Instagram on Sundays to set intentions together. I'll be holding space for you to ask questions and get clarity on your own intentions too.


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