Using Intention to Change Your Life in 5 Easy Steps

A Day in the Life of an Intention-Setter

Are you ready for a new beginning? A fresh start? Take this time to reflect upon your life and upon what you would like to change or make better. Set some goals for yourself. Make a decision to change your life for the positive. Intention is where it starts. This is where the magic lives. Simply setting an intention can open the door to a new way of living, a new way of seeing the world and happiness that you never knew you could experience. Make a decision to do the work and watch your life unfold as you would like it to.

Here are 5 steps that will help you kick start these changes with the use of intention.

  1. Set the intention. Reflect on your life and think about some things you would like to change, improve upon, add or remove. Ask yourself, how can I better my life? What short term behaviors would make for long term happiness? How is my physical body? How is my emotional state? Use a journal to jot down how you’re feeling, where you’d like to be in your life and how you think you can get there. This is the magic of setting intentions; it is visualizing your best life and mapping out the steps to get there. Think of this part as brainstorming and visualizing your “best you”. Start small, pick just a couple things you’d like to improve upon, remove or add to your life (eg. I will quit smoking, I will eat better, I will not spend time with people that don’t encourage me, I will pray more..etc). This is where the uniqueness of YOU comes in, choosing things that will be best for you; you are taking the first step in manifesting your true and highest destiny in this small step. Give yourself a pat on the back for taking this leap.
  2. Behavior is key. This is THE hardest part of setting an intention; it’s the step where you actually follow through. You can think about the same goal or intention day after day, month after month, year after year, but NOTHING will happen if you don’t take the initiative and actually DO SOMETHING. Sadly, this is where most people fail. They make all of these plans, set all of these intentions, and don’t act on them. They think that by setting an intention, someone will magically come remove the cigarette from their mouth, the drink from their hand, or the hot fudge sundae from their order. When setting intentions, you have to be realistic. I’m not saying that setting an intention doesn’t hold a ton of metaphysical significance; however, what I am saying is that you have to follow up the intention with action. You have to actually do what you say you’re going to do. So, when setting your intention, make a commitment to yourself to follow these fantastic thoughts, with some movement. If you set an intention to make your meals count, schedule a trip to Whole Foods for the following day to do some healthy grocery shopping, or purge your pantry of unhealthy foods. If you set an intention to do a morning devotional every day, set up your space the evening prior, lay out your journal, a candle, whatever you need to conduct that morning devotional. Intentions are powerful, but action is the function that brings the aspirations to life. We want everything in life to be easy, but the truth of the matter is, it’s not. You have to make an effort to change your life. You are capable of this, you can do it.
  3. Make note of the small changes that occur along the way. Whether you record these in a journal or make a mental note, take inventory of the changes you feel when implementing behavior into your intention-journey. When you passed on a cocktail, how did it make you feel? Did you feel irritated that you couldn’t have it? Did you feel relieved? How did you feel the next day? Happy you weren’t hungover? Make note of everything, the irritation, the frustration as well as the positive emotions. Track this over time and you’ll begin to witness the change happening in your life. It will start small and it will grow. In your day to day, you may not be able to see a change, but continue to track it, and as more and more time goes on, you will witness the magic of positive change.
  4. DO NOT let a bump in the road hinder the rest of your journey. Just because you have a lapse in judgement and overdo it on the sweets one day, smoke that cigarette you swore you wouldn’t, miss a day of meditation, or whatever it may be, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT let this affect your next day. After having a lapse in judgment, you may feel down, regretful, guilty..etc. But this does not have to carry over into the next day. Make a decision to acknowledge the decision that doesn’t align with your intention and sit with it. Ask yourself how it makes you feel. Recognize the feelings that come up and just be with them. Be with the guilt or the fear of tomorrow, the disappointment, whatever it may be, sit with it and feel it. Once you have done that, let go of it. Let go of the negative emotions associated with the bad choice you made or the thing you didn’t do, but be sure to make note of how that lapse in judgement made you feel. Next step is to MOVE ON! Just because you made a decision that didn’t align with your intentions, doesn’t mean you can’t continue with this journey. You have to allow yourself to be human, but also not let it make you fail. Allow yourself to make mistakes, but then get back to it. You got this.
  5. Start today. Don’t wait until January 1st. Don’t wait until Monday. You can start today. I can’t tell you how many times I had that mentality, indulge today, health tomorrow. This is a dangerous way to live. Take care of yourself TODAY, make plans for your life TODAY. All we have is the present, the past is gone and the future is not here yet. Use today to start making positive changes. Don’t doubt yourself. All you have to do is map it out and DO IT. You can change your life; you can strive toward your highest self and succeed, you can make your life better every day. You can do this and you can start today.

 

So, remember:

  1. Set the intention (map it out).
  2. DO IT, behavior is key, start taking action.
  3. Take note of the small changes along the way, it’ll help you see the bigger picture over time.
  4. Forgive yourself for being human. Don’t let a poor decision stop your journey.
  5. Start today.

 

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