How To Set Daily Intentions
First things first, what exactly is an intention? For me, it's taking a personal moment in the day to set myself up for success. Setting intentions reminds me of what I want out of life while helping me cultivate things that matter most.
Here are four steps to follow for daily intention setting:
Create A Morning Routine
Dedicate five minutes of your morning to set your intention. I like to focus on one intention per day. Remember not to overwhelm yourself: emotional self-care is a marathon, not a race.
The reason for the morning intention setting is to take control of your day before it starts so that you can decide how you want to feel.
Ask yourself these three questions:
- What matters the most to me today, and how am I going to achieve it?
- How do you want to feel today?
- What can I work on letting go of that's not serving me?
Keep It Somewhere Visible
Write your answers somewhere visible, so that you are reminded of your intentions throughout the day. Eg. I use my "stickies app on my Mac.
Reflection is an essential step. Touch-base with yourself to see how you feel, if you've achieved your intention, and if not, what you can work on to deliver them the following day.
Here are some intention ideas to get you started:
- Be flexible and embrace change
- Remember you are filled with opportunity
- Be open to giving a helping hand
- Listen to understand not respond
- Learn one new thing today
- Participate in daily activities that nourish you
- Be present with family and friends
- Give yourself grace in your health and fitness routine
- Allow yourself to say no when you need to
- Find the positive in everything
- Speak to yourself with compassion and love
Setting intentions allows you to feel centered and balanced, no matter what’s happening around you. Instead of going through the motions, it gives your days purpose and gets you closer to who and where you want to be.
By rewiring your brain to focus on positive intentions, you are releasing positive energy and opening yourself up to be the best version of yourself.