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4 Easy Steps for Setting Intentions

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

For a long time in my recovery I didn't think it was ok to ask for things. In the circles I belong to I hear things like "thy will, not mine, be done."


But this was a misunderstanding on my part.


*WE GET TO ASK FOR THINGS*


*OUR WILL IS NOT BAD OR WRONG*


*OUR THOUGHTS ARE POWERFUL*


Looking back, I can see how all of the self-deprecating things I said to myself took root in my psyche; in my life.


***The same things works in the other direction.***


You can reprogram your thinking using this simple, yet powerful technique.


3-Step Intention & Affirmation Setting


1. Get clear on what you want


Put pen to paper and answer these questions:


  • What do I want more of in my life?

  • What do I want to attract into my life?

  • How do I want to feel?

  • Why do I want to have more of these feelings?


2. Write down your goals


Consider and write down: How do I want the following areas of my life to look & why? Be specific. I've included examples to help with this process.


Health (example: I want to exercise three times a week by going on walks because I want to be in better shape.)


Relationships (example: I want freedom from resentment toward my father because I want to feel at peace and enjoy our relationship while he's still here.)


Personal/spiritual growth (example: I want to meditate for ten minutes each day because I want to be able to connect to my center and move through life more smoothly.)


Money/work (example: I want to earn $2000 a month teaching yoga because I want financial stability.)


3. Turn your goals into affirmations


Put pen to paper and write an affirmation related to each goal. Use descriptive language.


Example: I release all resentment toward my father and choose to see all of his goodness. Our relationship is happy, joyous, and free.


4. Create a daily ritual


Dedicate 5-10 minutes a day to reciting your affirmations aloud.


Set a timer on your phone and say or read your affirmations. As you do this, visualize what these things would look, sound, and feel like.


There's no telling how long it takes for intentions to manifest- that's not up to us! Our part is simply doing the footwork. Like Outkast says- you can plan a pretty picnic, but you can't predict the weather.





I would like to thank Kenneth Soares and for his amazing work that has informed this process.



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