The old adage “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” certainly has it’s place in life. But, I think it’s not intended (sorry for the pun) for use when setting goals.
Intentions can work with:
- Vision boards
- Annual/Quarterly goal setting and review
- Daily use for great parking spots, green traffic lights and successful outcomes in sales and production.
With these types of intention usage, we are committing to a course of action with an expected specific outcome. Our focus should be on them during the day when we are working toward that outcome. Once it has been achieved, we can cross it off our “to do” list and feel good about the accomplishment. Then, set new intentions that will keep you on track to the completion of the overall project.
Sometimes when I’m running behind for an appointment I will “intend” to arrive on time with a parking spot right in front. If I have a difficult
client to deal with, I will “intend” that it goes smoothly and successfully. When I know that I’m going to an event that will have food, I will “intend” to be disciplined and ignore that which is not good for me and my diet.
Using intentions to set the stage in advance for the things we want in life helps us to commit fully. Then if you use appropriate, mindful, and positive action your goal should be achieved as desired. Be serious about your intentions and see it in your mind as happening as you want.
The old adage applies when we aren’t serious, when we set the intention and really don’t have any idea how to accomplish is and don’t take any action immediately. Then you have to make excuses for not following through. This is no fun, and we begin to think that intentions don’t and/or won’t work. They will work if you are serious and do the steps required to be successful.
If necessary, and if time allows, meditate on your intention. Quiet your mind and focus on the intention seeing it clearly. Visualize it completed the way you want, see yourself being happy with the outcome, then come back to the present and move forward as if it is already done.
Lastly, practice, practice, practice! Practice makes perfect!
“Everything you desire is just outside your comfort zone.”