Out With the Old, In With the New: My Intentions for 2016


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Happy 2016! I hope you all had a safe and fun time bringing in this new year.

In the past, I’ve created goals for a new year, but this year, I decided to write intentions. Why? Because intentions help me become clear about what I really want and it allows me to not worry so much about how something will happen. Instead, I take inspired action, then allow Spirit/the Universe to let my intentions manifest. That’s not to say that goals and action don’t have their place (they do), but intentions just feel less rigid than goals.

What’s the difference?

According to zigizen.com:

Goals focus on a fixed outcome in the future, while intentions focus on the present and provide the guiding light to living mindfully moment-to-moment.

Goals are an effort to achieve a set of results in the future, which we accomplish or fail to reach based upon the objectives and actions we take along the way.

Intentions help point us with more clarity toward our heartfelt aspirations and values.

My intentions for 2016 are:

  1. Practice mindfulness; stay present.
  2. Have a lot of fun.
  3. Be happy.
  4. Be a profitable entrepreneur.
  5. Let go of what doesn’t serve me.
  6. Practice self-care.
  7. Love; express love instead of judgment.
  8. Do me.
  9. Step out of my comfort zone.
  10. Be the best version of me (in every area of my life).

To make these intentions a reality, I’ll further define the inspired action I’ll take, and I’ll write them down every morning.

Here’s how you can create your own intentions:

  1. Determine what you really want to see happen in your life and how you want to feel and be, then write short sentences describing it.
  2. Next, figure out what inspired actions you can take to bring your intentions to life.
  3. Write down your intentions at least once a week.
  4. Feel good about what you want, then watch everything come together.

Here are a few quotes to inspire you:

“Our intention creates our reality.” – Wayne Dyer

“Live your dream. Create your life. Lead with intention.” – Leslie Schwartz

“Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“It is more important to be of pure intention than of perfect action.” – Ilyas Kassam

Photo Credit: Ruslan Gilmanshin

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