If you’ve done any reading on mental health or personal development, you have probably come across the term “setting your intentions”. This is one of those mindfulness practices that will be present no matter what type of personal development or life purpose journey you’re on. How do you set your intentions, though, and how will these intentions help you reach your life goals?
We want to help you answer these questions, so we will take a deep dive into this powerful practice and show you exactly how to set your intention to start you on the right path.
What Are Intentions?
To fully understand how to set intentions, you first have to understand the basic principle of them. There are many different types of intentions, including body intentions and personal intentions. Your career goals are even a form of intention. To live a healthy life, you have to ask yourself what you want. Questions like, “what matters the most to you?” will help you build powerful intentions that will guide you along your life path toward your goals.
Any form of intention should find its root not from your brain but from your heart, and that is why you often find intentions after meditation or quiet time to be the most impactful. Because of the calmness found after meditation, one often finds the deepest intentions ready to be manifested.
Why set intentions at all? The power of intentions when set at pivotal parts of the year or times in your life can help you bring about a new reality. By setting focused intentions, you can manifest changes that you feel are necessary to align with who you truly are. These intentions can come in the form of positive affirmations or even a consistent gratitude practice. By including intentions in everything you do, you will be building an intentional life that you can be proud of.
Steps of the Intention Setting Process
With a little understanding of what intentions are and why they are so important, you may be wondering how you actually set your intentions. The first thing you need to do is make a list of your intentions. This list will help you identify what you desire to have in your life. Once these have been identified, you can then self-reflect on the changes you have to make to be who you want to be. One of the best ways to do this is course journaling, which may also include gratitude practices.
Once you have done a little “soul searching”, you can then decide if you want to choose a monthly intention or if there is one singular intention that will be the catalyst for the rest of the changes needed to find and develop who you want to be. As you dive deep into your thoughts, you will have one intention in mind that jumps out at you first. This should be your main intention and the one you base all your other steps on. To do this, though, you may have to take a look at some of your limiting beliefs. This means addressing things that you may believe impossible but that you truly want.
To face these limiting beliefs and manifest your intentions, there has to be a daily practice. This practice can be everything from journaling to meditating, but it has to be consistent so that you can reinforce your new beliefs and manifest your intentions. After you have done this, the last thing you have to do is just let go and let whatever power of the universe you trust in the guide you towards the life path you long for.
If you’re struggling on deciding what your true intentions should be, there are some prompts that might help you figure these out. Here are some of the prompts you can use to help start you on your intention-setting process:
- Is there something that truly matters to you above all else?
- Is there something specific that you want to create in your life?
- Are there any things that you want to let go of?
- Are there things that you need to forgive before moving on?
- What makes you the happiest, and how do you feel when you are happy?
- Is there something that you are very proud of?
- What are you most grateful for in your life?
- Is there something that you dream of that you think is out of your reach?
Examples of Common Intentions
To have achievable intentions, you have to be very specific when listing them out. Your list can’t simply say, “I have the happy intention of being better.” To give you an idea, here are some of the most common intentions:
- I want to find balance in my life.
- I want to live my life with an open mind and heart.
- I long for inner peace.
- No matter what happens, I want to stay calm and focused.
- I want to be more vulnerable to others and myself.
- I want to be accepted for who I truly am.
- I want to have the courage to live my truth.
- I want to be able to freely give and receive love.
If you have found yourself needing more information about this powerful process, keep reading below to see what others still had on their minds.
Why Setting Intentions Is the Way to Achieve Your Goals?
Goals and intentions are very different. By setting intentions, you can push yourself to obtain your daily goals. Crafting a life that you feel aligns with who you truly are will help you build goals that also align with your true self. This will give you more incentive to reach your goals because you will have the passion and drive to do so.
Goals Versus Intentions: What’s the Difference?
Though they may sound similar, your intentions should never be lumped in with your goals. Intentions are crafted to be ideas with no expectations or evaluations. They are designed to help you align yourself with your life so that you can have the most abundant life possible. Goals, on the other hand, have expectations and daily actions that can be gauged and evaluated. Both concepts are important to find your path towards a happy and healthy life.
How to Set an Intention
To set an intention, you have to first decide what and who you want to be in this life. This can be done in many ways, such as through some sort of mindfulness practice like meditation or journaling. Once you have reflected on what will help you align with who you truly are, you can then begin setting up practices that will help you achieve that. When doing this, you have to ensure that this daily practice will lead you down the right life path.
What Can I Burn to Clean the House?
One of the common elements of intention setting is to cleanse the places you live and work of negative energy. There are a lot of different ways to go about this, but many of them include burning herbs throughout the house. Of course, the herb that you choose depends on what exactly your intentions are. For instance, if you’re looking to bring about new beginnings, you might choose to burn rosemary. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something good for purification, you can always burn traditional (ethically sourced) sage or resins like myrrh or frankincense.
Intentions can be powerful tools used to manifest the life you want to have and the person you truly want to be. Utilizing the steps we talked about above, we are sure you will be able to craft your intentions and move in the right direction toward that life you’ve always dreamt of and to achieve the goals you have.