Setting intentions. It’s one of those beautiful things we do at the beginning of the year or the beginning of a month, week, day, etc. Every morning is a fresh start, and every morning offers us the opportunity to set new goals. An intention is defined as, “what one intends to do or bring about.” Implicit in the very idea of the word is the need for action. Because, without action, there’s little power behind the intention.
So, what does that look like?
You’ve probably already made your New Year’s Resolutions (and if you haven’t, here’s our latest blog post, sharing some thoughtful ways you can be gentle with yourself yet still look toward this year with hope, intention, and goals). It’s now the third week of the year, and you may be running strong. Or, you may be feeling a bit burnt out on your intentions. That’s totally understandable. It takes time to work our way toward goals. It takes time to build new habits or to clear out the old. Change is hard. And it’s ok if you mess up or “fall down” a few times, so to speak—but the most important thing is picking yourself back up and starting again. You’re going to be so much better off a year from now, so long as you keep coming back to those goals. So, here are five things that we encourage you to do to help live out your intentions.
1. Get accountability. Even if it’s just a group of three friends in a text thread. Include others in your goal setting so that you have encouragement in helping you put your words to action.
2. Keep your eyes open, and anticipate good things. A positive mindset is good for the mind, body, soul, and spirit—and being expectant makes it more likely that you’ll see the opportunities which come your way.
3. Move. Your New Year’s Resolution itself may have been to move more this year, but regardless of whether or not it was on your list of intentions, it has a way of easing stress and anxiety. Exercise releases endorphins, which affect your mood and can make it easier to take action with your goals.
4. Meditate. Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools to gently address your thoughts and encourage your mind to rest. Starting your morning with a daily meditation routine can work wonders, calm your racing thoughts, and create a clean slate for you to strategize toward taking action on your goals.
5. Focus on making progress, little by little. Be patient with yourself, and take one step at a time. Making incremental changes each day adds up to a whole lot more after time. "Slow and steady wins the race."
So, Liv3 Loves, here are a few ways you can take steps toward turning your intentions into action. Believe in yourself, include others in your process, take care of your mind and body, and do things slowly but surely. At this time next year, you won’t regret the work you’ve put in.