Well it is New Year’s Eve and many of us are reflecting on 2017 and considering what we would like to achieve in 2018. This has gotten me thinking about New Year’s resolutions, goals, and intentions. What is the difference between a goal, a resolution, and an intention? According to the dictionary,
• A goal is an end result that is rewarding or fulfilling and requires a consistent effort to achieve.
• A resolution is an earnest decision, to be determined to do something or not do something.
• An intention is an aim that guides an action.
So, goals give us direction, resolutions give us a course of action, and intentions give us purpose. All are important in order to be successful.
In our society we talk a lot about goals and once a year we talk about resolutions, but we rarely talk about intentions. An intention says not only that you will make an effort to achieve a goal but also how you will achieve it. It is the attitude or frame of mind you bring to the effort, the work needed, to maintain your resolutions and achieve your goals.
To me, an intention is the energy you invite into your state of being, your day, your work, or your yoga practice. It is the purpose you bring to your life, your goal, and your resolutions. Without intention, you can still achieve great things by making goals and setting resolutions. But intention defines the purpose, (why you are taking action), and invites specific energy into the work of achieving your endeavors. When you are feeling weak, connecting with your intention can help you stay strong and consistent in your effort.
A few tips to help you set strong intentions:
1. Use positive language when setting your intentions. Everything is energy, from the warmth of the sun, to the words we think, write, and speak. Language and vocabulary are important when setting intentions. Positive words invite positive energy into our efforts.
2. Create an “I am” statement. Again everything is energy. What we think, we become. Creating positive “I am” statements helps to channel transformation in a direction of your choosing.
3. Assume you have already achieved your intention. Rather than stating “I will be kind”, state, “I am kind. This is stronger language and creates a strong resolve within ourselves.
4. Include a feeling in your intention. This strengthens your intentions and invites a specific energy of your choosing to your state of being. State, “I am kind, feeling compassionate.”
5. Start each day with an intention. If you are working to achieve a specific goal, set your intention for that goal every day. Each morning, write it down, meditate on it for a few minutes, and mentally reflect on it during the day. Your intention could be the same for several days and may change over time or every day.
A few examples of my favorite intentions are:
• I am Productive, feeling Motivated and Energetic!
• I am Strong, feeling Confident!
• I am Kind, feeling Compassion for Myself and Others!
• I am Vibrant Health, feeling Well, Energetic, and Pain Free!
• I am Present, feeling Peaceful and Aware.
You have the opportunity to choose who you want to be and how you want to be. Living intentionally is living with purpose, and on purpose. Without intention, you may find yourself going through the motions, existing rather than actually living, and eventually, you may wake up to realize that you have accidentally ended up in destinations, jobs, or relationships you didn’t intent.
Intention is powerful and can help us transform, achieve our goals, and maintain our resolutions. It can help us to connect to the light of our true selves. Live intentionally, with purpose and on purpose, rather than accidentally.
I am optimistic, feeling hopeful and excited. May the New Year bring you a strong sense of peace, vibrant health, and abundance, and through the compassion of your heart, the kindness of your actions, may you help our world find peace.
The format of using a positive affirmation linked with a feeling was introduced to me though my experience with the LineLine Technique, which was developed by Dr. Darren R. Weissman, DC, Holistic Physician, and best selling author. If you ever have the opportunity to experience LifeLine Therapy, I highly recommend it. In our local community of Safford, AZ Kally Efros is a Certified LifeLine Practitioner and a natural healer. She is operates and owns Indigo Mountain Wellness.