How would you like to have a roadmap and reminder of how to intentionally live out each day?
Instead of focusing on goals and trying to achieve something that you lack, setting intentions allows you to purposely focus on who you are now and live out the values that matter to you most.
I absolutely fell in love with setting monthly intentions and have been doing it for a couple of months now.
If you do yoga or meditate, intention setting is probably something you practice regularly. Usually, at the beginning of each practice, you are told to set an intention.
While setting intentions can be a spiritual practice, it’s also a good habit to have to get clarity and motivation in working towards the things you want to focus on for the month.
I love setting intentions for the month, but you can also set them for the day or even year. Setting intentions will help remind yourself of what you truly want out of life and help you cultivate the things that matter to you most.
With the new year coming up, this is the perfect time to get into the habit of setting intentions to give your days more purpose and create positive change in 2018.
What are intentions?
Intentions are a state of being – it’s about how you choose to be and show up in the world. They are meant to guide your thoughts and actions so you can embody your values openly.Setting intentions will help remind yourself of what you truly want out of life and help you cultivate the things that matter to you most Click To Tweet
Why is setting intentions important?
How many times have you heard “What you think, you become”? Setting intentions is the first step to embodying what you want in life and who you want to become.
It allows you to get clear on who you want to be and gives you guiding principles to focus on to get to where you want to be.
Like Wayne Dyer said, “Our intention creates our reality.” What you think, say, and focus on becomes your truth.
Instead of thinking “I’m so busy and stressed” it becomes “I intend to relax and give myself time to unwind.” The power of positive thinking combined with setting intentions helps you break through mental blocks to create a reality you love.
What’s the difference between goals and intentions?
Goal setting is about what we want to do and intention setting is about how we want to be.
Intentions are an aim or purpose that you want to align with your life.
It’s about choosing to be a certain way and approaching life with a sense of purpose.
Goals are usually external achievements and intentions are the relationships with yourself and others.
Intention: Feel energized and well-rested throughout the day
Goal: Go to bed by 11 p.m.
The important thing to take away from the difference between intentions and goals is that intentions are about how you want to be and feel. I find that when I’m setting intentions, I often pick things that sound like goals.
Some intentions will sound like goals but at the end of the day, it’s about creating ideas that make you feel a certain way and bring you peace of mind.
When setting intentions, try to not get so caught up in the difference between intentions and goals – instead, aim to focus on things that will help you embody how you want to feel and cultivate what you truly desire out of life.
For example, reflecting on my day each evening sounds like a goal but it will help me feel grounded and connected to my day. Just like drinking more water will help me feel more energized and upbeat.
Tips on how to set monthly intentions
At the end of each month, sit down in a quiet place and reflect on what you want to embody for the next month. Start by clearing your mind and think of what you truly desire out of life.
What’s the most important to you? What values do you want to embody? What decisions will get you closer to where you want to be? How do you want to feel? What will you bring you long-term fulfillment and joy?
Make them meaningful and personal so you are motivated to carry them through.
2.Make a list
Writing down your intentions will help make them more tangible and puts them out in the universe to help them come to life.
I find it helpful to first do a brain dump and write everything down that comes to mind when you’re reflecting. Doing this helps to clear your mind and gets to the bottom of what you truly want.
After the brain dump, pick a few that you really want to work on this month.
You don’t have to have a specific number of intentions. If 8 is too overwhelming to focus on try 3 or even 1. Choose a number that is doable for you.
3.Keep it positive
Instead of setting an intention like “stress less” flip it into “be calm, relax and trust that everything will work out.” Focus on the good as much as you can.
Making your intentions positive and uplifting will help shape a positive tone in your thinking and beyond.How to set monthly intentions for positive change in your life Click To Tweet
4.Hang your list somewhere visible
Like any habit, you’re going to need some reminding. Hanging it up in a spot that you frequently visit is ideal.
Put it on your fridge, the bathroom mirror or store it in your desk drawer at work.
Revisit the intentions you set frequently so you’re constantly reminded of what you’re trying to work for this month.
5.Give yourself feedback
After setting intentions, it’s easy to get caught up in your daily life and forget about them. Before going to bed I love doing an “evening check” to reflect on how I embodied my intentions throughout the day.
This helps to keep my intentions in my daily thoughts and allows me to reflect on what I’m doing great on and what I need to work on.
You can also use visual reminders to remind you throughout the day to work on your intention. It can be anything from a bracelet or a water bottle to a lamp.
If you meditate or do yoga, you can also use this time to reflect on your intentions. Try to pick an intention from your list and silently state the one you want to focus on throughout your practice.
Remember that this is a fun, guiding practice to help you live your best life. If you’re having a bad day or you’re not feeling motivated, give yourself permission to start fresh the next day.
Don’t take it too seriously. No one is ever going to have their life 100% together, so remember this is about taking small steps to improving yourself each day – not perfection.
15 intention ideas
Here are a few intention ideas to get you started:
1.Be flexible and embrace change
2.Remember you are filled with abundance
3.Be open to giving a helping hand
4.Listen to understand not respond
5.Learn one new thing every day
6.Participate in daily activities that fill your cup
7.Be present with family and friends
8.Give yourself grace in your health and fitness routine
9.Reflect on your day each evening
10.Allow yourself to say no when you need to
11.Come from a place of gratitude
12.Do all things with joy
13.Find the positive in everything
14.Live authentically and unapologetically
15.Speak to yourself with compassion and love
If you’re setting intentions for the day/year, some people find it helpful to pick one word to focus on instead of a phrase. A few of my favorite are acceptance, love, gratitude, peace, breathe, empathy, and courage. Check out this list of other words you can choose from.
Setting intentions allows you to feel centered and balanced no matter what’s happening around you. Instead of going through the motions, it gives your days purpose and gets you closer to who and where you want to be.
By rewiring your brain to focus on positive intentions, you are releasing positive energy and opening yourself up to be the best version of yourself.
Now over to you…have you tried setting intentions? How have they helped you in your daily life?