If you’re new to intention-setting, heading into a new season is a perfect time to try it out. And even if you’re a veteran intention-setter, there’s something about the crisp, fresh fall air and changing leaves that just begs you to renew your commitment to your goals with a fresh perspective and motivation.
So what exactly is intention-setting? It’s simpler than you might think. At its heart, it’s just taking the time to identify a few areas that you want to grow, improve, or focus on for a period of time. These could be related to your personal life, career, relationships, or just an aspect of your mindset that you want to reframe.
Write it Down
Chances are you already have some of these goals in mind, but this season, we encourage you to take the time to write down your intentions and come back to them each morning or once a week. Put your intention in a pretty journal or write it out and post it on your wall or desk. During these self-check-ins, it can be useful to reflect on what you’ve done specifically during the previous day or week to work toward your goal and jot down some specific ideas for how you can continue towards it in the next few days.
If your intention is more about personal growth – for example, you want to be more intentional about being calm in stressful situations – make a plan of attack for when those situations arise. Envision a stressful situation you might e
ncounter and picture a way to handle it that aligns with your intention. You’ll be more likely to remember your intention when the real situation arises if you’ve already walked through it in your mind.
It’s also common to incorporate your intention into your meditation or yoga practice, focusing on a mantra or word as a way to tune out the other noise in your mind.
Recruit a Friend
If you find yourself consistently falling short of your intentions, or struggle to even remember to come back to your intentions throughout the day, it can be fun to recruit a trusted friend or mentor to help stay accountable. By telling someone else, you automatically give yourself extra incentive to stay on track, and a friend can help give you that extra nudge or suggestion that you may not have thought of – or even noticed – yourself.
Set aside an hour in a relaxing place, whether that’s your bed with a candle lit or a quiet outdoor spot or a cozy nook at a coffee shop. Pour a
cup of your beverage of choice – some matcha or cold brew or water or heck, some red wine. Take a couple minutes to reflect, pray, or
meditate on some of the things that have been on your mind lately. Pull out a notebook and jot down anything and everything that comes to mind, big or small goals or areas you feel you could grow. When you feel you have everything out, narrow your list to a point that feels manageable. Depending on the type of intentions you’ve set, you may choose to just focus on one goal or you might choose a few for different areas of your life. Take the chosen intention(s) and write it down on its own page. It may be useful to write down some steps you can take
immediately to get started and set an alarm or calendar reminder for the next few days or weeks to remind you to come back to your
intention and reflect on your progress.
If you need some ideas to get you started, you can check out this list for inspiration. Wishing you all a happy fresh start to the new season!
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