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The Importance of Intentions
The Importance of Intentions
The importance of intentions are that they go beyond plain old goal setting or making a resolution to do or not to do something.
The dictionary definition of intention: “A purposeorattitudetowardtheeffectofone’s actionsorconduct,” which is really applicable when it comes to healthy behaviour change in particular. When we intend for something to happen, with a certain purpose or attitude toward that action, then it is far more likely to happen than if we just say, “I want to lose weight” and then go about our usual actions which often don’t reflect that result.
Think of intentions as the magic ingredient in a recipe that takes it from bland or average, to mouth watering and delicious. Intentions precede all of our behaviours and set the stage for how our lives play out. If we have no clear intentions, we can tend to act in ways that don’t align with our true goals or purpose. When we intend for something to happen, we make a conscious choice to then act in a certain way that fulfils that intention.
We are having a intention setting contest in FitMama whereby you click this link and submit your intentions for the upcoming year. Setting an intention for the year or for the next month, week or even just today is the first step to following the path you want to go. The act of setting your intention is very powerful and I want you to get a chance to experience it.
5 Steps to Creating Intentions You Will Implement:
Sit down in a quiet place and write or type out some notes about where you would like to see yourself in a year from today. These can be goals you have for yourself, things you want to accomplish or something you want to take off the back burner for once. How do you want to feel? Where do you want to be? Who do you want to be with? Write out all words that are coming to you.
Start to visualize yourself a year from now and really start to vividly see yourself as having performed and accomplished these goals. Allow yourself to feel what it would be like if you were to be exactly where you want to be. Remember, healthy behaviours like eating nourishing foods and a solid exercise habit are parts of a journey, they are not a destination.
Start thinking and write some more notes on exactly WHY this goal is important to you. Maybe you feel sick, unmotivated or lethargic or you want to set a positive example for your children or family. Having notes will offer you the chance to look back on this when you find yourself slipping back into old habits that aren’t serving you.
Start to write out specific intentions now using all the notes and visuals you created. Write them in a clear way so you are telling yourself exactly what you intend for yourself. “I intend to make my own needs more of a priority. I intend to let go of my need to control all situations. I intend to let go of perfectionism. I intend to approach my body from a place of love. I intend to only speak kind words towards myself…” This list can be as long as you want.
The last step in this that really seals the deal and allows for maximum benefit, is that you can create strong positive affirmations that you can use daily to remind yourself and this will keep you going on the path you desire. “I am a priority. All is perfect as it is. I love my body right now. I am kind. I am generous. I am loveable.” When you start to say these things to yourself more regularly, and are clear on where your intentions are pointing you, you are far more likely to stay on the path you are intending to be on.
How you will actually implement these intentions is another important part of the equation, but these steps are key to do first. I will outline a plan for implementation in another blog.
I highly recommend the Dr. Wayne Dyer book, “The Power of Intention.” It is a life changing way to look at your life, choices, behaviour and more.