How do you start your mornings? If you are a mother, wife, or caregiver, when is the last time you checked in with yourself? Studies show when we do not give ourselves time on a regular basis, we tend to feel a disconnect from ourselves, others, and even our goals. My recommendation? Set daily intentions.
Take a moment – whether you’re in the car, or while you’re drinking coffee, and ask yourself what you want out of your day. What are your expectations? What is that one thing that you plan to accomplish? By doing this simple task regularly, you’re able to be more aware throughout the day and reap the benefits of the positive energy you are putting out. In this post, I will explain what intentions are, why they’re important, and how setting them daily will positively impact your life. I will even share a few examples to help you on this journey.
An intention is a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought. Thesaurus.com attaches the word intention to other words like aim, hope, motive objective, plan, and purpose. Do you see the common theme? An intention is something you intend to do; a task or assignment to be completed on purpose.
IS AN INTENTION THE SAME AS A GOAL?
According to Google, a goal is the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. We are taught to set goals using the SMART format; we do not measure intentions the same way. Unlike goals, intentions do not get crossed off a list once they are completed. Intentions are made to be repeated to yourself as often as you need. On the journey of becoming a better person, intentions will help get you there and you will be more likely to be successful at meeting goals that are important to you too!
HOW TO SET DAILY INTENTIONS
You can write your intentions in a journal, stick them on your fridge or your bathroom mirror, or make a list on your phone. When you are setting your intentions for the day, it is important to think about the kind of person you want to be, what your attitude will be like, and the main focus to achieve your said intention.
It is okay for your intentions to change on a daily basis or if you have an intention that you use all the time. When you have your list of intentions, ask yourself why they are important. What is the bigger picture? What does this intention relate to? How will it make you better? Do not feel any pressure when it comes to your intention list. Use the list as a guideline for who you are trying to become.
Intentions to Get You Started
- I intend to use my words to speak life and positivity to others.
- I intend to focus only on today. I will be present.
- I intend to forgive myself and others
- I intend to reject negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.
- I intend to prioritize what matters the most
- I intend to embrace change no matter the form it may come in
- I intend to allow myself to feel my feelings completely
- I intend to be proud of the small victories
HOW SETTING DAILY INTENTIONS BENEFITS YOU
Setting a daily intention may seem like a small task – and really, it is! But if you do it mindfully and pick intentions that really do speak to you, it can be incredibly helpful. It also allows you to recognize what your values are and strive to live by them. They provide a reminder of HOW you want to live your life and exist in the world. Your intentions serve as tools to help you throughout your day so that you can stay present.
Setting intentions serve as a tool to help you throughout your day to stay present and keep you focused on the things most important to you. Of course, you may be occupied with other tasks during the day – try to keep your intention on a sticky note, as a reminder/alert in your phone, or find some time to focus on the intention. At the end of your day, ask yourself if you upheld your intention or not. How can you improve tomorrow?
I hope this post has inspired you to start including daily intentions in your life to help you stay connected to your goals.