There is a big difference between a life of good intentions and an intentional life. Almost everyone has good intentions. An intentional life, however, has thought and purpose to it. And the best thing about intentional living? It’s within everyone’s reach.” -John Maxwell
How many of you have made New Year’s resolutions and broke them by the middle of January?
I know I’ve done this in the past and I wanted to finally break that cycle and figure out why I couldn’t stick to my goals.
The first thing I did was look at the goal and ask why I wanted to achieve it? Was my reason big enough? Did it get me out of bed in the morning, even on the mornings I wanted to snuggle and stay under the warm covers? If it didn’t meet that criteria, then I examined why was it on my list. I realized I was writing down goals I thought I should do, instead of things I was truly passionate about.
The next thing I did was wrote down the steps it was going to take to get me to this end result. Do I need some help in getting to this goal? If so, who, what and where?
Many of my goals required planning and preparation. I realized I couldn’t do it all alone. I enrolled some friends, family and even hired a personal assistant to help manage some of my prep work. As an example, if I were to attend two yoga classes per week, I had to decide where I was going to practice yoga and set aside the time in my schedule to make it happen and have an accountability partner. I had to be sure I was fully committed and not just interested in the practice of yoga.
Once I had all the semantics worked out, I had to put a plan in place and stick to it. If I were to attend class two times per week, which days and times this week, am I practicing yoga? Are there any potential roadblocks to having it happen? What are they and how can I circumvent those?
There is nothing more gratifying for me than to set an intention and make it happen. According to the late Wayne Dyer, “our intentions create our reality”. I set intentions that will help me to live as the best version of myself. There are times when I fall short and I get to step back and look at why it didn’t happen. I use this time to ask myself powerful questions and reflect on what I’ve learned about myself.
I had to realize my goals ARE my life. Once I came to this realization, sticking to my intentions became second nature to me. If I wasn’t up to saving my life, then who would? Are you up to saving your life? Life is now, and I get to play a much bigger life when I keep my word to myself and those that matter to me.