When you set an intention, when you commit, the entire universe conspires to make it happen. -Sandy Foster
With a new year to plan for, it’s time to reflect on the past year and how I would like to move forward with the new. I’m especially excited this year, because, instead of resolutions I have decided to set intentions. In the past I set resolutions and while I didn’t completely fail at fulfilling or keeping them, I either felt stressed out or just gave up and then felt like a loser.
New Year’s resolutions are common for many people. They often stem from goals that are related to “fixing” something about ourselves or something in our lives that we think is wrong or bad for us. Unfortunately, as the year goes on we lose the motivation to complete or maintain resolutions which is often due to the pressure we put on ourselves to follow through. Additionally, resolutions sometimes come from outside influences instead of an organic place.
For example, you may set a resolution to travel more because your friends travel all over the world – when in reality you do not have any money for that and should instead be saving money. This is why I believe many New year’s resolutions fail. They tend to be unrealistic and ingenuine, setting us up for failure.
So now you are probably thinking how are intentions any different from resolutions? Well let me tell you my friend, they are drastically different. While resolutions confine us to do something, not leaving any room to readjust our plan – intentions are an energetic blueprint for a goal.
It is truly a magical thing to make an intention because they tap into the source of our true needs and wants. When intentions are used to construct our goals, there is a deeper meaning behind this process that fuels our motivation to complete said goals. Ultimately, intentions allow us to fulfill our intrinsic needs instead of backing us into a corner to “do” something that we resolved to do.
One of my intentions this year is to continue using this blog as a platform to inspire everyone to nurture their physical and emotional needs. In order to follow through with this intention and a few others that I have, there are some steps that I plan to follow that I’ll share with you below.
- Hone in on your passions which are usually the things that make you feel like you have a purpose to fulfill. By listening to and following your gut instinct, you will be led to set true intentions. Remember, setting intentions is a reflective process so don’t rush it. Take your time and do what works for you, whether it be meditation or prayer, find a way to get quiet and go deep into yourself. There is so much gold to be found within.
- Once your intentions have been pinpointed, come up with a word or even mantra that sums up your intentions. For example, I chose the word persistence because I want to persistently carry out all of my intentions for 2017. This is also a good way to remind yourself to stay on track throughout the year. You could even put the word or mantra somewhere you will see it everyday.
- Lastly, and probably most importantly, detach your expectations from the outcome. Sometimes when we expect a specific outcome, we may miss divine signals that could lead to other opportunities. Intentions that are not rooted in fear and doubt allow us to stay focused on the now instead of the outcome.