Do you have good intentions?
This year I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution, in fact this will be the 3rd year in a row that I have shunned the 1st of January tradition of announcing how I will be a toned size 8 before my annual summer holiday. Like many thousands of people I regularly made this kind of promise to myself only to find I actually gained weight; the weight of the pressure to succeed and the failure that often accompanied it by approximately week 3 of January.
Since stepping away from the self-enforced pressure of resolution making I discovered that setting intentions was actually the way forward and a much healthier way of achieving a greater level of happiness and wellbeing.
Setting intention is a simple yet effective way to transform areas of your life that need attention. It allows us to sow the seeds for change and creativity, and set us on a path to create a way of being that can bring greater joy and contentment. Intention is the foundation of creating and manifesting dreams, goals and thoughts.
Simple Steps to setting intentions
- Be clear: Know what it is you want. Make sure it’s an intention you can believe in but at the same time don’t limit yourself. Let go of self- limiting beliefs and begin to see your future options as limitless.
- Keep it positive: Set a positive tone to your intention, stay away from harsh negative words.
- Put it out there: Say it out loud, write it in down or pin it to the wall.
- Be Flexible: Allow your intentions to unfold naturally. Keep to the original point of your intention but allow yourself to be open to detours or new opportunities that will help you to achieve your desire.
- Share your Intention: Consider setting an intention with a friend or a group of people you trust. Not only will this give you support and motivation it will help you to be accountable for you actions.
- Be pro-active: Actions do speak louder than words. Do something each day that shows your commitment to your intention and brings you closer to your chosen goal.
- Be passionate: The greater level of passion and emotional energy you invest in your intention the quicker you will manifest and create your desires. If your intention is to become fitter but you hate the gym then sign up to some form of exercise that you have more passion for e.g a dance class or a kick ass boxing session.
Intentions don’t have to be grand statements or huge projects they can be little changes to your daily routine or lifestyle that will increase your level of happiness. It might mean addressing old habits that are draining the fun out of your life, resurrecting a past hobby that used to bring you joy or taking the time to put yourself first. It might simply be that on one particular day you decide to set the intention to listen to your body and do what best for you.
One thing for is sure increasing your happiness in this less pressurised way is more likely to set you on the path for lasting change. Increased levels of wellbeing often leads to a better level of self-care, you are more likely to eat healthier and and look after yourself on all levels when you are more content and at peace with yourself. This in turn will naturally inspire you to seek out or attract other life enhancing and fun experiences, bringing you further joy and happiness. You will naturally gain a greater zest for life, be more willing to take the opportunities that arise for personal growth and be more willing to look at the things that may be holding you back.
12 simple intentions for greater wellbeing:
- I will love and nurture myself more.
- I will practice daily gratitude.
- I will take a step back and think before I react.
- I will practice relaxation/ meditation and allow myself the time for reflecting.
- I will open myself up more to challenge and fear less.
- I will allow myself to visualise my dream life.
- I will complain less.
- I will take the time to appreciate the small things and moments in my life.
- I will be less judgemental and critical of myself and others.
- I will trust in my instincts more.
- I will stop saying yes when I mean no.
- I will be more accepting of myself and my faults.