Okay, don’t freak out, but I brought you here to talk about something tiny. Something so little you barely have to lift a finger. But it’s going to have an atomic effect on your life, I promise.
Are you ready?
Today, we are going to talk about setting a daily intention.
Don’t freak out or run away, we know there’s a whole lot of blah-blah out there about setting intentions while lighting a nine-hour candle and chanting over the freshly quartered heart of a virgin llama, but we’re going no BS here.
We know that where your focus goes, so do your actions. Our words really do become things.
In all the business of our lives, with our acres of to-lists and productivity apps beeping at us – even in a time of an apparent massive slow-down – sometimes it’s good to just have ONE THING for your day to focus on.
When life is overwhelming (pretty much all the time) and you feel like you have a gang of 98 monkeys kung-foo fighting in your brain, sometimes you just need something to keep you grounded. We do that by setting my intention on a daily basis. We have a to-do list that we also get through but our intention is our anchor in the daily shite-storm.
Our daily intention is aligned with what we need right now, what we need today. It is a way to help us connect with our heart and soothe our spirits (mmmm spirits…).
Our intention is connected to how we operate internally. For us it’s less about having another thing to tick off a list, but rather something helpful to gently bring us back to a mindful state. So it’s something more for the heart and less for the head, if that makes sense – a way that we can show ourselves soothing kindness.
We prefer to use positive language, rather than negative (so, “choose activity where possible”, not “stop being a fat lazy bitch”), and make it totally actionable across your day.
These are some of our recent intentions:
- make compassionate choices
- observe feelings with curiosity
- allow interruptions
- be grateful
- be mindful
- speak kindly
- find opportunities to go outside
- approach everything with kindness.
As you can see, rather than being quantifiable goal-oriented notions (which can have the tendency to awaken our inner drill sergeant, who isn’t very nice to us), they’re more about our approach to our whole day. The lens you’re looking through, if you like. It’s gentler and you’re less likely to feel like a fuck-up if you don’t achieve 100 per cent win.
We’ve been in the habit recently of sharing our intentions with one another in the morning and then checking in on how each other is going. Having an accountability buddy is a great way to bring you back to your intention and not have it disappear in the melee of your day.
Why not try it today and let your mum/hairdresser/bestie/pot plant what your intention is – and then at the end of the day, let them know how you went?
Remember: there is no winning or losing here – it’s all just working towards feeling good about yourself. Go forth with intention, grasshopper, and have a great day.