If you have been to a yoga class, I am sure that you have heard a teacher ask you to set an intention. However, most teachers I have
encounters neither leave you with clear instructions on how to create on – or how valuable intentions could be for the rest of your life.
What Are Intentions?
You may have heard of the Law of Attraction practice of segment intending, or the even of scripting. Both of these principles are intention-based practices, but today, I want to talk to you specifically about setting an intention for your day.
Do not confuse setting intentions with creating a to-do list or a goal, instead of being action-focused, general intentions are mind-focused, and therefore do not contain specific actions that you are planning on taking, rather focus on the “vibe” or energy that you are going to bring to your day.
“Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us.”
How to Set Daily Intentions
The most important aspect of setting an intention is, however, that they should be positive and present tensely focused. So you should avoid phrases like, I will stop biting my nails today, and rather move on to a positive expectation outcome, similar to how you would phrase an affirmation, but with more will and direction. For example, today, I feel energetic and focused. or Today, I am gentle with myself.
Here are 8 more tips on how to create and set daily intentions that work:
1. Make sure that your daily intentions are aligned with your overall goals. While they are not goals, they should be goal-focused, because random, scattered intentions will not further you in the pursuit of what you really want out of life. That may pertain to overcoming a habit to get to your goal or to feel more energized to achieve it, but it still has an overall theme.
2. Write your intentions down. While you can repeat your intention like a mantra throughout the day, and I actually recommend doing so, you should start your day, by adding them to your journaling practice, and put them in writing. The act of writing, whether by hand or digitally, gives the words more power, as you are having to focus in more than just one way, and include more of your physical self to write them down.
3. Focus on one subject at a time. Just like your intentions should be goal-oriented, they also should not be scattered in their approach. I suggest not to change themes too often, specifically when you first start working on intentions, to give them some time to work in your life. If your current focus is to have more energy, you can word different intentions but should stick with that theme, preferably 21 days of or until you feel some type of result.
4. Use a daily script to set your intention. In order to have a disciplined, and effective intention routine, I highly suggest that you build a type of journaling routine, that includes intention setting. I suggest, to start with a prayer or thank you note to whichever deity you work with, or however you perceive Source Energy, a list of gratitude, and then move toward your intention, followed by a scripting session (which is a subject I will be covering shortly here on Daily Positive Quotes)
5. Start with Gratitude and a peaceful mind. As I explained above, it is best to start your intention with a positive mindset, which you can achieve by utilizing a quick mindfulness technique, a prayer or a gratitude journaling session (or best, all of the above), before working on your intention.
6. Visualize your intention. Visualization is a powerful tool in creating the life that you want, and can also be used in transforming your intentions into reality. It gives your brain a chance to practice the wanted outcome. Several studies have come to the conclusion that your brain can not tell the difference between a visualized reality and your current experience, so visualization is incredibly powerful when using intentions.
“I find that mindfully taking a moment to ritualize my intentions helps me to will that best, most exalted self into being.”
7. Be consistent with this practice. I highly recommend a daily practice of intention setting, if you want to see real results. As with everything repetition and consistency is the secret to creating a lasting change.
8. Listen to any impulse to act, after using intentions. After setting intentions, and practicing a positive mindset, you may feel an impulse to take action, that you never have done before, or get ideas that are new to you. Instead of second-guessing them, I suggest that you follow through with them, and see where they lead you.