Right around this time of year, we start thinking about that word a lot. I don’t know about you, but to me it carries a certain heaviness that’s at odds with the festive spirit of the holidays. It implies a giving up of pleasurable things – foods, drinks, Netflix binge watching. By focusing on sacrifice, on deprivation, we set ourselves up to fail. For most of us, making our list of resolutions is something we commit to in the waning days of the old year with the best intentions, only to see them fall apart as the new year waxes. Did you lose those pounds on this last pass around the sun? Give up Brie cheese? If so, congratulations! If you didn’t, give the resolutions a rest in 2017 and try setting intentions instead.
Setting an intention is similar to setting a resolution, but with a slight shift of energy in a positive, forward-thinking way. TheFreeDictionary.com defines intention as “a course of action that one intends to follow, an aim that guides action, an objective.” Rather than the firm resolve of a resolution, an intention is a gentle guide that can point you to where you want to go in life. According to Deepak Chopra M.D., “Intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love.”
By setting your intentions for the new year, you can approach your life from a point of positive progress rather than deprivation. Intentions give you a way to set priorities and organize your life, so that you can reach your goals. For example:
I intend to live a healthier and happier life.
I intend to listen more closely to my children and spouse to open up communication.
I intend to be open to success and abundance.
The possibilities for setting intentions is literally endless. Here are some more examples to get you going.
In order for intentions to work, it’s important to repeat them to yourself on a daily basis. Unlike resolutions which we tend to state once, intentions repeated to yourself act as a little watering can to help nurture you and bring your goals to fruition. Give it a try!
Need a reminder to state your intentions? Try scheduling them in Bievo to give yourself a gentle nudge every day.
The Power of Intention
While resolutions stem from our human-level self (intellect or emotions) intention comes from our essential nature, which accesses an energy source beyond our physical selves. The Institute of Noetic Sciences’ President & CEO Dr. Marilyn Mandala Schlitz defines intention as “the projection of awareness, with purpose and efficacy, toward some object or outcome.” Based in awareness, intention carries with it dynamic creative power and inspiration. It stems from our inner yearnings, not from external input. Author Lynne McTaggert and a team of leading scientists from several renowned universities are exploring this power through The Intention Experiment. Says McTaggert, “Intention appears to be something akin to a tuning fork, causing the tuning forks of other things in the universe to resonate at the same frequency.” She goes on to say that intention is not a unique gift but rather a teachable skill. Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “Intention is a force in the Universe, and everything and everyone is connected to this invisible force.” We at Be Intentional completely agree – everyone has the ability to learn to live intentionally.