Happy Sunday ya’ll!
So I’ve been in this self-development phase for a little over a year now and something I’ve noticed is the misuse of certain words. Therefore I’d like to dedicate an entire blog post to the difference between Intention and Goal Setting (AKA the hallmarks of Intentional Living).
First off, we are going to define Intention.
Intention: a determination to act in a certain way(Merriem Webster Dictionary).
Pretty simple right?
The problem I’m seeing is that this term is being confused with goal setting. Yes, these aspects are part of the manifestation process but there is a distinct difference between the two.
Goal Setting is setting up a plan to manifest. This means that there are smaller goals and deadlines that must be met in order for you to manifest this goal. These are actions and goals that help you throughout your manifestation journey. Usually, I use a small planner for this, but this year I went big and decided to use a calendar. Why? Because I have some big plans for this year as I am graduating from college and am ready to live my best life. So yes that’s big deal for me...(AKA me saying I leveled up).
On this calendar, I put up specific deadlines and dates on when important blog posts go up. I also make time for myself because I’m one of those people who tend to work. A lot. I like to think it’s because of school but it’s honestly just me and I need to work on it all the time. It’s exhausting.
With this being said, don’t get too hung up on the plan. Why? Because the universe needs to do its divine timing to ensure that this happens in the best way possible. Trust me, take it from someone who’s been there. I used to follow a plan so much that I would see nothing happening.
In this situation there were two mistakes I was making:
[Let's learn from my mistakes, shall we?]
“Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others' choices make us.”
Now, this is very different from setting intentions because it doesn’t have anything to do with how you act. The purpose of intention is to help you realize that specific manifestation in your mannerisms. Not the action taking. Intention could mean listening more or treating others with more respect. And let me tell you, this was a game changer for me. Intention setting made me feel and carry myself with more confidence in everything I did.
One example I can think of is this past summer. I getting overwhelmed by school and life in general. I was worried about the future [an obstacle many college students face] and my anxiety was building up like no other. I felt like my life was falling apart. As dramatic as that sounds, it was true. Hence why I didn’t post that often. This is when I started to implement intentions every day and, in turn, understand the power of intentions. Every day I write down that I am breathing and staying present. That was it. That was all I needed. Another one would be the other day. I told myself that I would give a genuine compliment to someone. I did and it made me and the other person feel good.
I’ll list out some more examples on intentions you could have here:
Keep in mind that the list is endless because the intention is for you. No one else. Therefore I don’t think you to want to tell people about my intention, you’d want to show them with my actions and words.
Okay I know this was a lot of information which is why I made a blog post about it. Make sure you subscribe to my email list or follow me on social media if you haven’t yet! I hope you have a great night or day!