Intention setting vs. goal setting
I grew so much in the past months and that was all because I finally managed to take on a new mindset when it comes to goals. And don’t get me wrong: Goal setting may work wonders for you. It just didn’t do any wonders for me.
I love to grow and learn how I can become the best version of myself. But when I spent a lot of time focused on my future and how it would look like to get to that exact version of reality, I started to feel stuck. Because when I set a goal, I become so laser-focused on it and start thinking that there is just one way to get there. God forbid, I don’t achieve it! Now that doesn’t sound like a lot of freedom, does it?
That’s where intention setting comes in.
Now instead of focusing on an exact goal, I’d much rather think of it as an intention. Instead of asking myself “What will it take to get this exact result?”, I ask myself “How do I want to feel in that area of my life?” And I immediately feel the weight lifted from my shoulders. By focusing on feelings and not hard facts and actions, we can remove the pressure and start moving towards the future with ease.
Now, why does intention setting work?
Well, let me give you an example. You have a specific income goal in mind for the next year. Let’s make it 10k. So you focus on that goal and take action towards it and put it on your vision board and everything and then you finally sign that last client to help meet that goal. You are excited, proud and feel accomplished.
Sounds pretty good right?
Well, not exactly. We all know this feeling doesn’t really last. And then we see the next goal and we chase that, then the next, and so on. So, from my point of view, that doesn’t really feel like something to work towards.
“Intentions let us move towards a future with clarity & ease.”
My favorite way to set intentions is right in the morning when I wake up or during my meditation practice. For me personally, these are the most inspired times during the day. For you, it might be at night or during your morning routine. Whatever works for you! I’m all about ease here. Sometimes I have specific intentions for the day, but I usually focus on my general intentions. All up to you.
*The only thing I need to mention here is that this practice does involve a basic level of self-awareness. You need to have a good understanding of your values, vision and your personal perspective on life. If you don’t know how you’d like to feel about a certain topic or in a certain area of your life, you’re going to have a hard time coming up with an intention.*
I will be covering my practices and some inspiration in the other posts of this series, but I’ll share two examples here:
For me, my yearly intention is to make myself proud and follow my heart.
A daily intention, for today, for example is to be present in the moment when I am around others.
You see, it can be as specific or abstract as you’d like. It just needs to work for you.
Stay tuned for more info on the topic of intentions. This is very personal and special to me and I will be dedicating an entire series to it.
Until then, take care.