Make Yourself Present with Good Intentions
On this week’s episode, Rob and Devon discuss how good intentions have a more powerful impact our lives compared to just goals. As you tune in, learn and take notes on how you can set new intentions for yourself with an easy, 4-step process.
Throughout the podcast, Rob and Devon share personal stories about how they’ve learned how to set good intentions for themselves.
Intentions vs. Goals
“Goals are the external results and intentions are your external connections to yourself.” – Rob Dionne
A lot of us enjoy the process of goals, but when we meet the end date, the final result can be frustrating. To really succeed in your goals and to feel accomplished, you have to have an intention behind it.
What is an intention?
Intention is a way of being in the present. It’s all about focusing on HOW you’re going to complete your goal or HOW your going to create a mindset around doing something.
Intentions give you a WHY and a purpose for completing goals. Maybe your goal is to lose 10 pounds, but your intention is why you want to do that. Is it to be more healthy? To have more energy?
Allow yourself to be present with the process with each intention! Intentions are your external connections to yourself.
A lot of people feel a sense of loss after they complete a goal, but intentions can help move you forward towards what you want to work on next so that you’re constantly setting new S.M.A.R.T. Goals for yourself.
What is a goal?
Goals are something that you’re trying to do to achieve a result in the future. They are the external results.
A goal can move you forward, but the happiness relies on whether or not you accomplish that goal.
We can be so hard on ourselves for not completing a goal such as losing a certain amount of weight. However, what’s more important is to notice other changes in yourself thanks to all of your hard work-your energy, digestion, new abilities etc.
Different Types of Intention
“You either win or you learn. There is no lose.” – Rob Dionne
There are three different types of intention: immediate, short-term, and long-term. From here on out, any goal you make has to be aligned with your new intention.
Immediate intentions can take place the very moment when you wake up in the morning and set an intention for just that day. For example, you might wake up and tell yourself, “I’m going to try to be really present today. I want to focus on being more grateful today.”
Short-term intentions last from a couple of months to a year. During this time, you take a step back to really look at yourself and make a commitment to improve something in your life.
Have an intention for the year for yourself. Take a look at what you NEED and what you WANT.
Short-term intentions can be applied to anything: health, careers, relationships etc.
Especially if you’re in pain, you’re sick, and your health really needs attention; make sure you’re giving yourself what you need before you give to others.
Life-long intentions are broad and something that you can focus on for your entire life. Some examples might be:
- Build a family and create friendships with those you support and those who support you back.
- Inspire others and be around people that inspire you.
- Have empathy for not only others, but for yourself as well.
Life-long intentions don’t have to be complicated and they’re quite simple.
4 Steps to Create a Good Intention
“Be curious about your feelings and be present with them.” – Devon Dionne
Creating a good intention does not have to be complicated. Devon and Rob have put together a 4 step process to help you create a good intention for yourself.
1) Discover Who You Are
Spend some time with yourself to think about who you are and where you feel unempowered in your life. If you don’t feel like you can discover yourself on your own, you can talk it over with someone you are close to or with a therapist.
You may feel unempowered about your eating habits (do you have self control over eating unhealthy foods), time management, health, and relationships. Learning about this is important to help you discover who you are and where you’re at in your life.
2) How Are You Being?
How do you treat yourself? What actions do you take? Are you thoughtless, unloving, or disconnected to who you are?
How do you treat others; especially the ones that you love the most? Do you show up for the relationship or are you unloving, cold, distant, and even self-absorbed?
3) The Cost of Being This Way
How are your actions making you feel? Are you exhausted, ill, angry, negative? Do you feel like you’re letting other people down? Do you feel alone or disconnected with your loved one?
How does this affect you physically? Do you harm your body? Are you eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly? Or do you ignore your body?
How is your mental health? Do you feel anxious, depressed, or confused? How does everything make you feel?
4) Set a New Intention for Yourself
“Give love as a gift. You have to love yourself first before you give of yourself to others.” – Rob Dionne
The best part of this process is that now you get to make a 180 turn and set a new intention for yourself.
Examples of intentions might be to love with all of your heart or to give love without any expectations from other people.
Start with this thought: “I am going to be ________________.” For example:
- I am going to be more loving.
- I am going to focus on myself and my family before helping others.
- I am going to be more empathetic.
- I am going to be more health conscious.
- I am going to be more present for my clients.
Once you’ve established good intentions for yourself, you can start to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. Just remember that any goal you make has to be aligned with your new intention.
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What You’ll Hear on This Episode
00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction
1:15 Opening comments with Rob and Devon
7:00 Why do some people enjoy the process of completing goals while others struggle and fall short?
8:30 Goals vs. Intention
12:00 Having goals without intentions: Rob and Devon’s experience on the Road to Hana in Maui
20:00 Having intention is more important than having goals
23:00 Different types of intention: immediate, short-term, life-long intentions
25:50 Devon’s current short-term intention
29:00 How to implement intentions and be present with yourself
33:00 Life-long intentions
34:30 How to create a good intention in 4 steps
51:40 Closing comments with Rob and Devon
52:30 Open Sky Fitness Closing
RESOURCES MENTIONED DURING THE SHOW:
- The Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group on Facebook
- How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals-Episode 104
- Craig Ballantyne: How to Create a Perfect Day- Episode 91
- The Perfect Day Formula by Craig Ballantyne
- How To Set Goals: Ultimate Goal Setting Guide to Having Your Best Year Ever by Craig Ballantyne
- The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
- Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii
- The 7 Sacred Pools along the Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii
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