Posted by: Cathy | January 7, 2013

Intention – Starting on the Right Foot

Before you take any actions toward your goals this year, check in with yourself and try to clarify your intention. Intention is a powerful tool to help you identify success.

Say your goal is to start a new business this year. Your intention with this business could be to become a millionaire and be on the cover of Time magazine. Or your intention could be to bring more satisfaction into your life by making a living doing something you love. There’s a big difference between the two. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a millionaire; maybe you have a great idea and can make it happen. The point of setting your intention is to evaluate later whether you did what you set out to do.

Coach Blog 010713 Having just a goal is only part of the picture. You can start the business. Goal accomplished. But your intention is the soul of your project. Your intention is what can rejuvenate you when your goal takes you through a tough challenge or simply takes a long time to accomplish. For instance, your goal could be to go back to college and finish your degree, but your intention is to make a better income to better provide for your two children. Thinking about your children in better circumstances will help you get through a long night of studying as well as the months or years it will take you to finish.

Every goal should have its own intention, though there may be overlap. Take a few minutes to explore in your journal what your intentions are. Be sure your intentions come from your own heart and not from expectations of other people around you. To have power, your intentions must be genuine, not borrowed.

Start your year off on the right foot by identifying your intentions!

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