Let’s get cracking—start as we mean to go on!
Begin our day
Intentions are what should get us out of bed in the morning—not just out of bed, but be delighted to get out of bed. Ha!
Before a life change, a new experience, simply before we start each day, we should know what our intention/s is/are.
But, they’re too often missing in action, skipped over in the hustle and bustle of life, and that’s when things go a bit wayward and, all of a sudden, heyo! It’s nearly Christmas and we think—where the hell has the year gone?!!
Live less out of habit and more out of intent.
See? If there was more intent, we would know who said that quote!
The definition of intention is a purpose. Intentional—done with purpose.
And mindfulness? Well, that’s all about living with intent, with purpose.
We fall into the trap of routine, of living out of habit.
Habit: an acquired behaviour pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.
We do things, we do life, without really thinking about it.
Defining what’s important
When we set our intentions, we’re defining what’s important to us.
How often do we actually ask ourselves that question?
When we’re arguing over what to watch on the telly? Is this important to us?
When we’re mindlessly scrolling through FB? Is this important?
When we’re getting frustrated at the washing line? Important?!
We can think of setting intentions like this—
If we go to the supermarket and buy salt ‘n vinegar chippies, Kiwi onion dip, Whittaker’s peanut butter chocolate, hokey pokey ice cream—it’s our intention to eat that stuff, right?
Not that we really need to—we’ve likely bought it all without really thinking about it, without any intention. But, through that action, we’re now going to eat a bunch of crap (delicious crap!) that’s going to be really bad for us—delicious, but bad.
When our intention is lacking (or MIA), we make unhealthy, unimportant choices.
On the other hand, if we go to the supermarket with the intention that we’re going to be good to ourselves (and our families), we’ll buy lots of delicious fresh fruit and vegetables, natural yoghurt, rice crackers, hummus—and a little Whittaker’s choc treat!
Intentions help us to make those mindful, conscious, healthy (not just food!) decisions.
And they don’t have to be big, sweeping intentions—it’s not about setting our grand purpose for life. It’s simply saying—
Today, I will try my best.
Today, I’ll be good to myself.
Today, I’ll be grateful. I’ll be kind. I’ll share my love.
Today, I will not sweat the small stuff. The spilt milk, bad hair day, the traffic jam. If it wouldn’t matter on the day that I fall in love or give birth or during a natural disaster or health crisis? It doesn’t matter. It’s not important.
The golden circle
How do we help to define what’s important?
Actually, it’s not how, or what.
What’s your why? Or what are your whys?
Do they guide your whats and hows, or is it the other way around?
The habits (bad habits) that we get into? They’re whats. But, what’s important?
Why—and not for profit, but for purpose.
Why = purpose. Purpose = intention. We’ve come full circle—full golden circle!
If you want to hear more about the golden circle, watch Simon Sinek’s genius TED talk.
If we start our days with intention, we start our days with why.
What isn’t enough to get us out of bed in the morning.
Going to work. What? Why?!
Because when we go to work, we impact lives. No matter what we do, we’re having an effect on people. Earning a living is a happy byproduct, but it’s not the driving force.
What are we doing? Going to the supermarket. Meh.
Why are we going to the supermarket? Because we’re going to bake a cake and take it to Nana’s house.
What? Going for a run. Ugh, why?
We want to breathe in nature and breathe out life—to be kind to this body, the only one we’ve got.
I’m no runner, but that sounds nice, right?!
Knowing your Why is like a lighthouse, a way to guide you to find fulfilment.
~ Simon Sinek