Hope you had a great transition into the new year! If you’re like me you’ve been thinking a lot about intentions. Setting an intention can be very powerful. It gives you a target to aim towards. Although you may not hit a bulls eye every time at least you are moving in the general right direction.
Without these commitments it’s too easy to get distracted. Marketing and adversitising pay big bucks to get you distracted. The more distracted you become the more successful they become. In modern life, for many of us, we are bombarded by emails, text messages, social media postings, the news and much of this pulls us away from what truly matters. Before you know it January 2018 will be gone, and before you know it December 2018 will be here, and before you know it your life will be gone. Life is moving way too fast! So we have to get present and get clear as to what we really want to put our energies into.
If this resonates with you then let’s set some intentions together. Instead of thinking about all of 2018 focus on the next 30 days so it feels attainable.
Step One (Health). You can’t give to others if you don’t give to yourself. You must put your oxygen mask on first before helping others, otherwise you’ll pass out. Set an intention in regards to your health for the next 30 days. Perhaps you are doing to commit to exercising at least 30 minutes 5 days of week, or pick up a new sport like yoga, trail running or boxing. Maybe your intention is eat healthy eliminating sugar, processed foods, and limiting caffeine, dairy and gluten. Write down an intention for your HEALTH.
Step Two (Relationship). Our relationships are what bring great meaning and joy into our life. They can also be the place where we are emotionally tested the most. Set an intention connected to your relationships for the next 30 days. Perhaps you are going to focus on being more present, or patient, or loving. This can also include how you relate to your higher power maybe attending church, temple, setting up an altar, or spending more time in nature. Write down an intention for your RELATIONSHIPS.
Step Three (Education). The moment we stop growing is the moment we start withering away. As human beings we are meant to grow. As adults it can be too easy to get comfortable and complacent. As they say metal sharpens metal. We thrive off being challenged. Set an intention connected to learning something new. Perhaps you are going to start learning a new language, musical instrument, or attend a yoga training. Write down an intention for your EDUCATION.
Step Four (Creativity). It’s been said that we were created to create. Creativity allows us to tap into a deeper part of our nature. Sometimes we create just for the sake of creating and sometimes we create to offer to others. Set an intention connected to how you can express your creativity. Perhaps you will write daily in a journal, or express yourself through art, or write poetry, or start a new blog, and make an e-book. Write down an intention for your CREATIVITY.
The key is to be as clear and specific as possible. The more clear your vision is the less likely you will be distracted. Make sure you write these 4 steps down in a place that you easily access it for the next 30 days. Remember that these are targets so if you miss time to time be kind to yourself. At the end of your 30 days access how far you’ve come within realizing your intentions. Repeat this process for the next 30 days making any necessary adjustments. I hope you have a great 2018…Happy New Year!
“Milarepa” by Chogyam Trungpa