Have you been through the situation? – You created a goal for the day, penned it down in your journal, and started working for it.
Further, you gave your best to accomplish the goal. But in the end, you failed!
It feels so disgusting, Right? You lower your self-image and start feeling worthless & incapable.
The situation worsens when the guilt and insecurity get carried on to the next day, and the whole day goes wasted (Zero Productivity included 😅).
But what if I told you there’s a secret method to conquer such situations? A method that would help you extract happiness, satisfaction, and much more from any type of day (Bad or Good).
Feels unbelievable, Right?
The secret method is called the method of “Setting Daily Intentions.”
So, Without any further ado, let’s dive right into the post where I’ll uncover everything about setting positive intentions and how they can change your life forever.
What is the Meaning of Setting Intentions?
“Setting an intention” is putting your energy or vibe related to your desired outcome behind specific actions.
Here’s an example:- “Today, I intend to be positive in every situation.”
By setting an intention to stay positive, you’re sending a signal to the universe and the subconscious mind that you’re actively looking for positivity in every situation.
Further, you live in the present to search for fulfillment of your desire and start attracting what you intend (In our example, positivity).
Intentions are more on the optimistic and gentle side, and they don’t have any harshness, limitations, or constraints connected to them.
For example, if you value fitness, your intention could be “Today, I intend to eat healthily and go for a walk” rather than “Today, I won’t eat junk food, and I’ll go for a one-hour walk.”
NOTE:- You can have yearly intentions, monthly intentions, or daily intentions.
Why Setting “Daily Intentions” is Important?
You need to know the reason why you must set intentions so that you can fall in love and stay consistent with the process.
Here’s the answer.
The best part about setting intentions for the day is that it gives you the ability to become the master of your day. Instead of just letting things happen, it justifies how you want your day to be and adds consciousness to the place.
Setting positive intentions gives you clarity of what you REALLY want from the day. Further, they help you stay mindful and focused in every situation.
How To Set Daily Intentions?
After you’ve clearly understood the “meaning of daily intentions” and “why you need to have them in your life,” it’s time for you to know how to set intentions for the day effectively.
It is no doubt that we are often in a hurry for work right after we wake up in the morning. So, the intention-setting process needs to be efficient, Right?
I got you!
Here’s a SUPER EASY process that will help you set intentions for the day in less than 7 minutes.
Step 1: Sit down and get yourself in a comfortable position. Loosen up your arms & shoulder, and relax completely.
Step 2: Close your eyes and bring your focus to your breaths going in and out of your body. The purpose of this step is to get you rid of all past/future-related thoughts and bring you to the present.
Step 3: Think about the one word or a statement that describes the value you want to add to the day.
The value could be related to:-
- Anything that helps you work towards your goals.
- The way you want to connect with people around you.
- What you TRULY want to BE today.
- Something that gives you purpose and fulfillment in life.
Step 4: Imagine how would it feel to have that quality within you. What would your day look like? How would people around you feel?
Step 5: Finally, Take a few deep breaths and open your eyes slowly.
Voila! You just created an intention for the day.
29 Positive Intentions For The Day That You Must Try
After you’ve created your intentions for the day, you can write them down in your journal or a piece of paper that you could keep in front of yourself (place it on a desk or stick it on a wall).
It will help you exceptionally well to work on your daily intentions, revisit them, and retain them in the back of your head.
Further, Here are 29 daily intentions examples that can improve your life drastically!
Today, I will:
- Be humble with the people around me.
- Put love ahead of anything else.
- Be calm and patient in every situation.
- Be kind and compassionate to others.
- Believe in myself.
- Take things lightly.
- Enjoy everything that falls into my day.
- Be gentle with myself.
- Stay optimistic.
- Spare time for myself.
- Let go of what I can’t control.
- Be my true self.
- Try new things.
- Be mindful of my emotions.
- Welcome opportunities with open arms.
- Be present in every moment.
- Express gratitude for everything I’ve got.
- Search for beauty in everything.
- Encourage people around me.
- Make someone smile.
- Work for myself.
- Be forgiving.
- Discover my inner self.
- Claim happiness.
- Feel loved and cared for.
- Look at myself in a new light.
- Spend my time wisely.
- Expect realistic output from myself.
- Stay grounded.
Answering The Biggest Question: What is the Difference Between Goals and Intentions?
As goal setting and intention setting seem similar, it is easy to confuse the two.
However, it is vital to understand the fine line between goals and intentions for an effective intention setting.
So, here are the 7 exact differences you need to know:-
1. You set goals to accomplish them in the future. However, you set intentions to be in the present.
2. Goals are “What you want to become.” On the other hand, intentions are “Who you want to BE.”
3. Your actions towards your goals give you results in the future. Your actions towards your positive intentions give you results in the present.
4. Goals are working for “What you currently don’t have.” Intentions are living in “What you already have.”
5. Failing at goals is inevitable. But, intentions don’t come with failures because they are related to what you can easily extract from your life.
6. Goals originate from your mind and are action-oriented. However, positive intentions originate from your soul and exhibit your deepest desires.
7. Goals are generally materialistic and value-oriented. Intentions are self-oriented.
Setting Goals vs. Setting Intentions: Which is the Better Option for You?
So, does it mean you should set intentions rather than goals?
NO! Goals are vital. So, All you have to do is combine goals with intentions.
Let me explain!
Goals are something that you want to achieve in the future. Thus, when you tie your happiness with your goal’s success, you don’t enjoy anything (including the learning and process) until you accomplish that goal.
At last, even when you succeed, you feel a lack of fulfillment, happiness, and self-worth because you were never actually there in the process. You never really felt it because you were constantly chasing your future.
In case you fail, the situation becomes a disaster because of self-criticism, and you start feeling TRASH. There’s a bonus attached to it as well – all the learnings go in vain.
Such a situation never happens when you have intentions along with goals.
Intentions help you stay in the present moment while working on your goals. Just because intentions aren’t connected to the future only, they make you feel immersed, rewarded, and happy in the process.
Finally, when you reach your goal, you’ve enjoyed the whole process, you can recall all the lessons, and you feel like a hustler. Even if you fail, all the learnings are there with you, you know you’ve worked hard, and there’s no guilt.
So, the key takeaway is: Always have intentions combined with goals.
Your goals will make you look forward to achieving something, and your intentions will help you stay in the right mindset while working on your goals.
Are Intentions and Affirmations Same?
The noticeable difference between intentions and affirmations is that intentions focus on “I will,” while affirmations focus on “I am.”
Here’s an example:-
Affirmation: “I don’t let my past or future distract me. I live in the present.”
Intention: “I intend to live in the present.”
Affirmations empower you at the moment you create them. On the other hand, Intentions build your mindset related to your future actions.
For instant upliftment, you can use affirmations. For continuous self-growth, you’ve got intentions.
End of the Line
I hope this guide on daily intentions has cleared all your doubts regarding intention setting.
Setting the right daily intentions highly affects your energy throughout your day. They can completely transform you into someone that you’ve always wanted to be.
Make sure to try these intentions starting today so that you can experience the all-new vibe right from day one. Drop a comment if you would like to share any other example of positive intention you’ve set for yourself.
With all that said, let’s end the post right here.
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Good luck on your intentional living journey. Shine brighter, Mate!