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Using intentions to reach your life, business + career goals

These days, the internet is chock-full of websites, apps, and social media posts that dole out affirmations to make you feel good about yourself.

And affirmations are nice. But at the end of the day, they’re just about… fleeting feelings. 

When it comes to reaching your goals or taking your career or business in the direction you want it to go, you need a plan to put it into action. And setting intentions can give you the steps to help you get there.

As you’re setting intentions and affirmations, think about the following:

  • What is the purpose of the intention or affirmation?
  • What matters the most at this moment – do you need to feel better or do you need to take action?
  • When were you your happiest self? Not your most productive self, but your happiest, joyful, kindest, most compassionate self to you and others?
  • What is something that you can be thankful or grateful happened or didn’t happen the way you wanted or felt it should have.

Remember: Affirmations are about feelings. Intentions are about actions.

So, maybe you can start with affirmations to feel good about what you’re doing, the choices you’re making and the things you’re letting go. 

Then, you can rely on intentions to help you get where you want to go, reach the SMART goal that you want, or take your career or business to the next level.

Extra Credit

As you go about your day, think about these questions:

  1. Read each example below. Identify if it is an affirmation or an intention.
    1. “My focus today is me” 
    2. “I forgive myself for not being everything to everyone”
    3. “I actively let go of expectations” 
    4. “When I begin to think X, I will Y”
    5. “I will forgive myself when I feel like I’m not able to be everything to everyone” = AFFIRMATION attached to an INTENTION
  2. See the answers below to see how well you did:
    1. INTENTION
    2. AFFIRMATION
    3. AFFIRMATION
    4. INTENTION
    5. AFFIRMATION attached to an INTENTION

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