The power of intention.
Intention setting was once recognised as a practice for wellness gurus, spiritual figures, and life coach experts only. Now, it is a practice anyone can try for themselves and benefit from.
An intention is a guiding principle. It is a goal you wish to set in order to actively change or improve how you live, work, and show up. Intention setting is a mental activity that encourages your mind and body to commit to a goal you have set, whether it be tangible or mental.
Setting intentions is a useful way to improve your lifestyle, wellbeing, and mentality. Foreseeing the future is impossible, but to set goals for what you wish to achieve in the future is more than achievable.
The reason to set an intention is to set a purpose. By setting intentions, you will slowly start to become aware of your daily behaviour. To achieve the intentions you set yourself, your behaviour will slowly start to evolve into the goal you have set out to achieve.
For example, let’s say your goal is to get a promotion at work. Each day you will become more aware of your behaviour at work; you will start arriving early, completing all tasks, feel more motivated to do well. These small steps show how you are becoming aware of the intended outcome and will guide you to act with more purpose.
There are many ways you can practice setting intentions. It can be practiced through writing, wellness activities, or simply saying it out loud or in your mind. Different methods would for different people. Whether you want to set intentions for something tangible or physiological, here are some of the most effective ways to set intentions (that anyone can do):
Meditation is an effective practice that allows a person to train their awareness. The practice can be used to improve breathing, calm the mind, and set intentions. During meditation, the mind should focus on a single object or thought.
Using meditation to set intentions is a powerful method as it is a mind training practice that gives a person time to zone out and focus on what they want to manifest and achieve. Give yourself 3 to 5 minutes when possible, sit or lay in silence, and focus your mind on what intentions you wish to set. Each time you meditate this intention should feel clearer and your mind will create a path to help you reach the final outcome.
Practicing yoga, pilates, or other wellness exercises is an effective method to mentally and physically energise the mind. As much as exercise is great for the body, it plays a key role in mental wellbeing and balance.
Setting aside 20 to 30 minutes each day to exercise is already a step in the right direction. It shows commitment and adds structure to your day. Before, during, or after the practice, take a minute or two to go over your intentions or set news ones. This short space of time will ground your thoughts and give you a reason to remind yourself of your intentions every day.
“Intentions compressed into words enfold magical power.” – Deepak Chopra
Writing down your intentions is a powerful manifestation technique. You can use vision boards, notebooks, your phone, a fridge magnet or any other form of writing that will encourage you to write down your intentions and look at them every day.
Implementing the intention as a visual is an effective way to train the mind and help it stay on track.
A journal is my favourite way to write down intentions and reflect on my daily mood, activities, and goals. But, you can write them in any way that works for you. A wellness journal is a great way to start your journey.
Similarly, verbally or mentally speaking your intentions can work for some people. Whether you talk to a friend or talk to yourself about your intentions, it is a great way to actually speak them out loud and make them feel real.
This could be an activity you do each day before putting the intention into practice through meditation, yoga, pilates, or writing.
Stuck for ideas? Here are some thought-starters:
Here are some intentions to borrow: