Today's blog is from Natalie Ledwell of Mind Movies, a life-change method using state of the art tools.
"What in the world is the difference between an INTENTION and a GOAL?"
The answer is quite simple (and crucial to your success when it comes to achieving both).
Let me explain:
Before you ever set any goals - be it in your finances, business, career, relationships or fitness - you always want to start by setting a clear intention FIRST.
You see, your intention is really the big overarching "why" behind any goals you set for yourself.
It's like a long-term vision that you have for your future… an energetic statement that describes what success looks and feels like in that particular area of your life.
Once you've done that, your next step is to then create clear goals - specific, concrete, measurable milestones that are aligned with your intention.
When you set goals without first setting a clear intention, here's what can happen:
- You might set goals that are kind of all over the place, and experience a lack of meaning or direction
- You may get discouraged or perhaps even give up when the going gets tough, because you don't feel super connected to the future you're trying to create
- Or you may achieve some results, but not the ones that make you feel truly happy and fulfilled
But, when you're guided by a clear intention, and you then set goals that are aligned with that intention, all of the forces of the Universe can align to make even the most impossible, possible.
HERE'S AN EXAMPLE:
Let’s say that the area of your life that you want to impact is your health… your body… your level of physical fitness.
Perhaps you want to lose weight and enjoy a more toned, fit body.
An example of a powerful intention for this area of your life could be:
I live my life in radiant health, filled with all of the boundless energy and vitality I need to enjoy my life and time with my loved ones to the fullest.
Can you feel the energy that this intention carries? It's positive, uplifting, empowering and inspiring and it describes the future you want to step into!
Once you have this clear intention, you'd then create goals that will help you make it a reality.
For example: To reach a specific target weight by a certain date- To run your first Fun Run by a certain date- To complete a 30-day juice cleanse by a certain date
(Notice how each goal has "by a certain date" attached to it? Make sure your goals are specific and measurable, so you know exactly what you are shooting for and how close you are to achieving it!)
Once you have 1) a clear intention and 2) specific measurable goals laid out, your next steps are to:
3) Visualize yourself achieving your goals on a daily basis (even a few minutes each day is very effective!), and finally to...
4) Start taking daily actions, no matter how big or small, towards making your goals happen!
Combine all 4 of these powerful steps and you'll be surprised how quickly you'll be able to create positive, lasting change in any area of life that you choose :)
Here's to living a life you love,
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I'm Valerie Lyon, the Mojo Recovery Therapist.