Setting intentions is like plugging an address into the GPS. It’s the most efficient and effective way to get the results we desire. When we set an intention in practice, it gives us an anchor so we can bring our goals to life.
Think of a boat anchor. It’s thrown into the water to hold the boat in place. The anchor serves its purpose when the water is turbulent and the boat is in threat of being washed away. Just like that, an intention anchor is meant to keep us grounded through challenging times.
Where to Start When Setting Intentions
Start by thinking about what’s important to you. Why do you practice yoga? What is it that brings you back, over and over again? Dig deep and listen quietly.
For me lately, yoga keeps my mind observant. I need an open mind to navigate the changes in my work without getting stuck in an old pattern I look at these thoughts and ideas objectively. When I do, it’s easier to make decisions. So my intention lately has been, OPEN.
Once you have a better understanding of what’s important to you, begin to narrow it down with these three steps below.
3 Simple Steps to Setting Intentions
Keep it simple.
When thinking of an anchor, it’s important to keep it simple. Refine your intention into one word or one sentence. For example, if you’re trying to get a project done, your intention can be “focus.”
When we’re in a difficult situation, it’s hard to concentrate. We can’t access simple information as easily as we do when we’re relaxed. If your intention is too long, it will be hard to remember when you need it most. Your intention is your anchor. It brings you back to why you’re doing this.
Give it a timeframe.
It’s natural for an intention to change over time. As we evolve as human beings, our intention does, too.
Give yourself a time frame. For example, my intention is, to be FOCUSED on this project for 90 minutes every day for the next four days.
Make a promise.
When you set an intention, commit to it. This will be easy if your intention is meaningful. If you feel yourself backing out of the promise, shorten your timeframe or refine the intention even more. It should feel authentic and easy. Again, dig deep, listen quietly, and land on what is important to you.
In summary, setting intentions can help get us to navigate through difficult times. Setting intentions is simple and fruitful- think of a word, give it a timeframe, and commit to it.
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