What is an intention, and are they the same as goals?
Let’s start with looking at the difference between an intention and a goal, as these are two powerful tools we can use in our lives. And can be easily confused.
Intentions are in the present moment, are lived each day and independent of achieving a goal or destination. Goals are future based; a destination, or specific achievement.
Intentions are about your relationship with yourself and others. Goals are external achievements.
Using intentions and goals together gives us the day to day ability to create what our life will be about, while also having a declared future to live into.
It is very important to be clear with your intentions, because what your mind focuses on, is ultimately reflected in your reality. Your intentions set the course and determine the direction you’re headed & greatly impact on the results you achieve.
What does look like though? Here’s an example.
I have a goal to have an afternoon with friends. Wanting to see everyone I schedule the a date. My goal is it have a gathering of friends, my intentions are to be present and enjoy the time with those who can come, and to be accepting of those who can not.
If I am focused just on the goal, I can be left disappointed if people cancel or the numbers are low and even miss the opportunity that it is having my friends with me, by thinking about who else may come or when others will arrive.
The intentions allow for a freedom and connection to be had. I can ‘love the ones I’m with’, focus on who is there and enjoy quality time with them.
Next time that someone, maybe your yoga teacher, asks you to set an intention, here is why and how to do it.
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