Updated: Jun 29, 2022
Living with intention is something that might not be on everyone’s resolution list, but it should be. Setting intentions is the key to achieving your goals step-by-step, and making every stop along the way count. There are points in our lives when we feel fatigued, like we’re just going through the motions and checking off tasks on a list. But, the meaningful relationships and experiences in our lives shouldn’t be seen as items to check off a list. Here are our tips on how to integrate intention within your life to reach your goals and stay grounded within your own being:
1. How am I going to show up for myself?
I think we can all agree that self care has seen the spotlight more recently (and rightfully so), but this means focusing on healthy mind and body. Listen to what your body is telling you, whether that be simply drinking more water, or slowing down in your life. When you’re making time for yourself, be intentional about it.
It happens so often that we are constantly running and getting pulled in so many directions but how long can you be about helping other people until you realize you’ve spread yourself so thin? Showing up for yourself means to be present in times when it’s important for you to learn, grow, rest, enjoy life, or whatever it might be that makes you feel like you.
2. What will I do for my health and wellbeing?
Being intentional about your health is something that many people overlook when setting goals to become physically healthier. It’s easy to tell yourself “I will start going to the gym and eating healthier” but this does not account for all that encompasses your health and the well-being of your mind, and on top of that, it’s a vague statement. The Ambition Planner has created a space for you to write down S.M.A.R.T. goals, which help you maintain and track the progress of your goals in a very measurable way. If you are not feeling right in your mind and your body is not balanced, that is going to spill over into daily life and begin to create more problems. It’s so important to set aside a regular time to get in touch with your deeper self and ask how you’re really doing, and how you can improve.
3. How will I grow spiritually?
This is an area in which I think there are a lot of expectations around how we are supposed to grow spiritually and learn, however, this should depend completely on you and your spirituality. Everyone is on a different path, so your needs are going to be different than somebody else's, but the key is to make sure you are being intentional about the things you are doing to grow in your faith. If that means reading a devotional every morning, make sure you’re pulling something from that and trying to learn and grow, rather than getting it done just to check it off your daily list.
4. What goals am I setting that I would be proud to accomplish?
Being your own motivator is a trait that many successful individuals have in common. They don’t need people yelling in their ears that they can do this or that they just need to keep trying, they tell themselves those things and the drive to succeed comes from within. If you are setting goals that will make you proud to accomplish, then it becomes immensely easier to motivate yourself to work hard to reach those goals. Saying you want to accomplish something and having a plan set in place to accomplish it is the difference between having a dream and a goal. Be intentional about setting a plan and outline the steps you need to take to get there, and most importantly, be confident that what you are doing is important and something to be proud of when the day is done.