~ “What is it you can do to feel more alive, more in alignment with who you want to be? Start there.”~

This first blog of 2018 introduces intention setting as a successful way to begin the process of achieving what you want in the new year.  I do not know about you but for me making New Year Resolutions and staying with them is often difficult. You know those biggies like losing weight, working out, producing content for my book on a regular basis, and so on.Often I make goals that demand of me the kind of discipline and energy that I have to develop first or I loose momentum and do not stay focused on the goal.

I have better luck when I start with setting an intention. An intention seems more genuine and comes from a deeper part of me.  I set my intentions in alignment with who I want to be as a person. It is much broader and deeper than a goal. And in the long run it does create the stage within me to be better equipped to recognize and achieve the personal goals that will bring me what I really want.

An intention is not a future tangible goal but rather a commitment to an ongoing attitude, behavior, or purpose that reflects how we want to be in the world..Intentions are powerful because they come from what we value, what really matters to us and how we want to be  going forward. Intentions evoke feeling and purpose and come from our heart.

“Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent. “-Parker J. Palmer

Examples of  intentions

My intention is to feel lighter and more flexible.

My intention is to be in nature more

My intention is to connect more with others

My intention is to stay focused

My intention is to live a creative life

My intention is to be kind

My Intention is to live from my heart

Do you feel the depth and broadness of these intentions vs tangible goals like “I will lose 20 pounds by Christmas”? Intentions are motivational because they are heart felt , ongoing, and obtainable.

Some questions you can ask yourself when setting your intentions:.

When and where do I feel the happiest?

When do I feel at ease?

When do I feel alive?

What energizes me?

How do I want to be in the world?”

What values are most important to me?

What do I want to create more of in my life?

What do I want to let go of?

“People say that we’re all seeking a meaningful life. I don’t think that is what we are really seeking. I think what we are really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will resonate with our inner most being and reality. So that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” ~Joseph Campbell

So what is it you can do to feel more alive, more in alignment with who you want to be?