At Well TO Do, we’ve become enamored with the practice of intention setting. But getting started might seem overwhelming, which is why we’re thrilled to have Adrienne Enns, the amazing founder of May You Know Joy, to talk our readers through a few simple steps to setting daily intentions. If you want to learn more about the practice, join us at our December event.
Do you ever feel like your days are spent rushing from one thing to the next? Are you bombarded by demands and expectations? Are you left running on empty only to do it all over again tomorrow?
This is what life looks like on autopilot. It’s overwhelming because the world’s demands on us are insatiable. Living in reaction mode is stressful and leaves us feeling fragmented.
What if you took your power back? What if you decided how you wanted to show up in the world and responded to the world in a way that felt authentic to you?
We’re not talking about being self-centered at the expense of others, but we are talking about being intentional. Being intentional means you decide who you want to be in this world, what you want to create in your life and what is true for you.
By beginning a practice of intention setting, we put our energy into it and respond to the world from that place. In doing so, our actions become more aligned with our integrity than someone else’s agenda. We are empowered to respond to the world from a centered place as opposed to reacting from a place of stress and fear.
Let’s take being kind for example (because if there’s a default intention, this is a great one). If you choose to be kind, perhaps it will influence how you approach a tough conversation you need to have with a colleague. Or perhaps the kindest thing is to be kind to yourself and extract yourself from a toxic situation. The possibilities are endless but ultimately, you are showing up in the world from a kinder place.
If you’re curious about playing with intention setting, here are three simple tips to getting started:
- Check in with Yourself: Take a moment to connect with the deepest core of you. Don’t overthink it. Who do you want to be as a person? What are your core values? What do you want to create for yourself?
- Set an Intention for Today: Just start with today. Decide what you’d like to cultivate just for today. If you are at a loss, there are three go-to intentions that will always steer you in the right direction: kindness, gratitude and love. Pick one! With one of these intentions in your back pocket, I can guarantee that you will see your day differently, you will be given many opportunities to show up and you will probably be tested.
- Be Curious: This is not a test! There is no right or wrong, pass or fail. Connect with your curiosity. Go exploring. How does the world around you change when you live with intention? Did a conversation go differently? What are you noticing? How does it feel to live intentionally? Can’t be kind to your colleague? Good to know. Keep going.
What’s most important is that intention setting is about awareness and empowerment. You are deciding who you want to be, how you want to behave and what kind of experiences you want to create for yourself and others. It is also a great act of self-love. You are honoring your deepest wishes and operating from that core.
Being intentional is just course correcting so that you are closer in alignment with who you want to be. Will you get irritated? Will you get frustrated? Will you do something unkind, ungrateful, unloving? For sure. But you’ll also be aware. You’ll be mindful. You’ll be curious about what’s happened. You’ll be kind to yourself in the moment and be grateful for what you are learning about yourself and the world around you. You will love yourself and just keep going.
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