04 Jan The Power of Intentions
What is the difference between setting an intention and setting a goal? There is a small distinction between these two that makes a huge difference in the outcomes you achieve and in the experience you have.
When we’re setting a goal, we think realistically. We analyze our current situation and plan the steps on how we will reach our goal. Setting a goal is a cognitive process based on analysing, reasoning and creating a plan. We are in control of the plan and the process of getting there.
As you know, there are times when life can come between you and your goals. Something happens and you can’t do what you had scheduled. You question if you are capable of reaching your goal or whether you will be a success or not. It can even be difficult to stay on track at times because of the many distractions we face on a day to day basis. Does this resonate with you?
Goals, while moving us toward what we say we want, can take us out of enjoying the moment and create a feeling that what we have is not enough. For some people this may cause a deeper feeling of ‘dis-ease’ which leads us to sabotage our goal for fear of failure.
Setting intentions is a similar process, however, the difference is you don’t plan out the way to get there. Being intentional allows you to focus on how you want to be in the moment, regardless of whether you are winning or losing. Allowing your intentions to guide you moment by moment, means you are living your values and what really matters to you. You set the intention and outcome from your heart (created out of love not fear) and surrender the process to the universe.
Creating a life of intention
Have you heard the phrase; you are the creator of your own reality? Setting your intentions is the precursor to achieving what you desire. They set you up for who you want to be which then allows your goals to come to you with ease and flow.
What is it that YOU really want? We have so many thoughts and reasons in our heads which are influenced by our parents beliefs, the media, social influencer’, people’s opinions, self-judgment and many other factors. Sometimes it can be difficult to identify if we want something because we genuinely are committed to or believe in it or because someone else said we should want/have it. So the question is, how can you tell the difference between the two?
There is a simple way to figure out your true desire vs your “I should.”
What you want and desire is light, exciting and inspiring. It fits with your authentic you. What you “should”, feels heavier, causes stress, anxiety and even depression. It comes from a fear or a judgment of how things should be rather than your unique expression of self. So, when you set an intention or a goal, stop and really listen to your heart and emotions, they are your guide, not your mind.
We are so used to believing and wanting to be in control of every step on our journey towards our goals that we create safety nets around ourselves which prevent us from falling or failing. However, these same nets can also prevent us from trusting, being in flow and receiving. Our safety nets can become so tight that even though we feel like we’re stuck in the “should” reality that we have created, it is still not safe to let go. Does this sound familiar?
Releasing control is about trusting that the universe has got you exactly where you are meant to be as well as creates space in your life for the magic to happen.
Here is what is important for you to understand, choosing to focus on your intentions does not mean you give up your goals or desire for achievement. By partnering your intentions with your goals you will enjoy the journey as much as the destination. So go out there and start creating your life! Set some extraordinary intentions for yourself and enjoy the journey!