Setting Goals May Get You Nowhere. Set Daily Intentions to Change Your Life

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Sure, you set goals, but do you set intentions? Here's how setting daily intentions can turn your world around.

Entrepreneurs understand the value and necessity of setting goals, but I wonder how many set intentions?

What's the difference?

Goal setting helps you form ideas for the future, understand what you want, create a plan, and stay on track to get it done. It sounds terrific, but for some, there is a downside to goal setting. It takes us out of the moment and emphasizes what we don't have. For those who set goals and sometimes fail to achieve them, the act of goal setting can lead to a sense of not only failing but of being a failure.

Setting and living your intentions allows you to focus on who you are in the moment, to recognize and live your values, and to raise your emotional energy, which in turn boosts your physical energy.

Many entrepreneurs are excellent at identifying their values and know that living within their interpretation of them is a powerful way to achieve success and, more importantly, happiness. Daily intentions can help you do that. They also provide a roadmap and reminder for how to live out each day. Intentions give you purpose, as well as the inspiration and motivation to achieve your purpose. The practice of setting daily intentions can change your life.

I give intention to just about everything I do throughout each day, from being receptive to limitless possibilities to getting behind the wheel of my car and arriving at my destination safely and without incident. There are no rules around setting intentions, but here are the benefits, guidelines, and reminders that work best for me. I intend to share them here so that anyone meant to receive and benefit from this information will find their way to it.

Intentions have no limits.

Intentions influence waterBy now, we all recognize and accept that human consciousness affects everything from the molecular structure of water to the well-being of humankind. Think about this: Your body is 90 percent water. Dr. Masaru Emoto proved that water can be influenced by intention and thought. Other studies that lend credence to Dr. Emoto's theory indicated that crystals from the intention-treated water were given higher scores for aesthetic appeal by one hundred judges than those from the control water. Remarkable! Imagine the changes that can take place within your body as you begin to give intention to positive choices consciously. And positive change doesn't stop with you since your energy has an impact on those around you.

Intentions are expansive.

Intentions aren't to be confused with goals: They are about who you want to be, what you wish to contribute to the world, and how you choose to touch the lives of others.

Example: I intend to show acts of kindness today, opening myself to any possibility to bring joy into the life of another.

Setting intentions can make you more effective.

While you can set an intention to be productive, you'll find more power in stating an intention to open your mind and heart to a way of thinking that results in higher productivity and other desirable states. Why? So often, we believe we're productive, but the work we complete isn't the work that matters the most. Or, we become distracted by any number of things making it difficult to regain a productive mindset. Setting a higher intention for clarity and receptivity to new ideas is more likely to keep you engaged and open to inspired thought.

Example: I intend to open my mind and be receptive to clarity, inspiration, information, and action that will guide me toward my goals.

Setting intentions will help you get out of the BS in your head.

Voicing intentions will take your mind off your problems and perceived limitations. Instead, it will place your focus on something that has a positive impact on your life. Clearly stating how you intend to feel today instead of wishing that you felt better puts the power of change in your own hands.

Example: I intend to live in gratitude for all that I have and all that I am, allowing joy and love to fill my heart and healthy energy to fill my body.

Setting intentions opens your eyes to things you may have otherwise missed.

Do you become so absorbed in unproductive thoughts that you don't notice much of what's going on around you? Observing the little wonders of the world provides many benefits and can shift your perspective in an instant. For instance, when I am outside cleaning up my garden, I set the intention of maintaining an awareness of my beautiful surroundings instead of getting mentally caught up in the drudgery of pulling weeds. As a result, the physical labor is not the focus; the beauty and results of my labor are the primary focus. I make a point of not getting so lost in thought that I neglect to observe and appreciate the very thing I'm outside to enjoy. Every hummingbird, butterfly and new bloom boosts my energy, enthusiasm, and creativity.

Example: I intend to expand my focus so that I may enjoy, appreciate, and contribute to the beauty of nature.

Intentions can include global contributions.

Remember the butterfly effect: A small change can result in significant differences. Setting an intention to make a difference globally or in your community can open your mind to ideas and opportunities to do so. Such an intention may shift your perspective on the impact of even the smallest contribution to your cause. Appreciating every little step is part of what keeps us moving toward a fulfilling purpose. Just saying out loud that you intend to be a part of the change is empowering. Words are powerful!

Example: I intend to attract opportunities to make a meaningful contribution to (name your concern). I am grateful for any part that I play in facilitating change.

Take a few minutes and recite your intentions for the day. Share them with me!

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