January, the first month of the year named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. It seems that ever since I can remember people always want to begin something in January with the intention of completing it…therein lies the problem. Setting “new year resolutions” that one can’t possibly attain without preparation is a very different process than setting intentions. Like the difference between wishing and doing. Intentions are thoughts followed by action.
Setting intentions is a powerful practice that can significantly impact various aspects of life, influencing personal growth, mindset, and the achievement of goals. Intentions are like a compass for the mind, providing direction and focus.
Here's a closer look at the power of setting intentions:
CLARITY & FOCUS | Setting intentions helps bring clarity to your aspirations and desires. It requires introspection to identify what truly matters to you. By defining your intentions, you create a mental roadmap, allowing you to concentrate your energy and efforts on specific areas of your life.
GUIDANCE FOR DECISION MAKING | Intentions serve as a guide when making decisions. They act as a filter through which you can assess opportunities, choices, and challenges. Aligning your actions with your intentions helps ensure that your decisions are in harmony with your values and long-term goals.
POSITIVE MINDSET & ATTITUDE | Intentions contribute to the cultivation of a positive mindset. When you set positive intentions, you create a mental framework that fosters optimism and resilience. This positive attitude can empower you to overcome obstacles and approach challenges with a solutions-oriented mindset.
INCREASED MOTIVATION | Clearly defined intentions provide motivation by offering a sense of purpose and meaning. When you have a compelling "why" behind your actions, you are more likely to stay motivated and committed to your goals, even when faced with setbacks or challenges.
LAW OF ATTRACTION | The concept of the Law of Attraction suggests that the energy you emit into the universe attracts similar energy. Setting positive intentions is believed to align your energy with your desires, potentially attracting opportunities and experiences that resonate with your intentions.
MIND BODY CONNECTION | Intentions have the potential to influence the mind-body connection. Research in fields like psychoneuroimmunology suggests that positive thoughts and intentions may have beneficial effects on physical health by reducing stress and supporting overall well-being.
PERSONAL GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT | Setting intentions fosters a continuous process of self-reflection and growth. As you achieve and evolve through your intentions, you may find yourself setting new, more expansive goals, contributing to ongoing personal development.
Before you set your intentions, you must invite The Three Sisters.
There are three pillars (I call them the three sisters) for setting intentions, they are Clarity, Serenity, and Gratitude. Clarity arrives only when we stop our constant inner voice, and decide that there is nothing more important than this very moment, we need to be crystal clear about this. There is no past, there is no future, there is only now. Therefore, setting an intention in the now already begins a process. Then Serenity arrives at this moment and asks: Are you here?
Once Clarity and Serenity are with you, Gratitude completes the family. Now that you are clear about what you want and are in a place of total focus and calm, then invite Gratitude into your heart and mind to help you set intentions. Keeping in mind to:
Ask from a place of gratitude. Act from a place of gratitude. Seek from a place of gratitude. Love from a place of gratitude.
Warning: Asking for too much when setting intentions, means asking too much of yourself. You are the catalyst of your intentions and when these intentions are overwhelming the chances of completion and fruition diminish. Be kind to yourself.