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Setting Intentions and Taking Action: Achieving Your Goals in the New Year

Setting Intentions and Taking Action: Achieving Your Goals in the New Year

 "Your thoughts and your intentions are the primary cause of everything that happens in your life." - Wayne Dyer

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January is a time for new beginnings and setting intentions for the year ahead. One of the best ways to set and achieve your goals is through the practice of setting intentions. Intention setting is the process of clearly defining what you want to accomplish and aligning your actions with those intentions.

Setting intentions can help you achieve your goals and live a more conscious and fulfilled life. By taking the time to define what you want and aligning your actions with those intentions, you can create a roadmap for success.

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"Intentions are the seed of destiny." - Tony Robbins

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GETTING STARTED WITH INTENTION SETTING

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JOURNAL

One exercise to help set intentions is to start by journalling or writing down your goals and desires for the year. Be specific and focus on what you truly want, rather than what you think you should want. 

VISUALIZE

Once you have a clear list of your intentions, take some time to visualize yourself achieving them. Imagine yourself succeeding and the feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction that come with it.

CULTIVATE GRATITUDE

Another exercise that can help with intention setting is a daily gratitude practice. Start each day by writing down three things you are grateful for. This simple act can shift your focus from what you lack to what you have, and help you cultivate a positive mindset that can support you in achieving your intentions.

REFLECT OFTEN

Reflecting on your intentions often is a crucial aspect of the goal-achieving process. It allows you to stay motivated, stay on track, and make adjustments as needed. It also helps to be more mindful and connected to your values and priorities, which can help you to make better choices that will lead to the achievement of your goals. Decide how often you'd like to have a reflection session and schedule it into your diary so you don't forget.

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"The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln

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BREAKING IT DOWN

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Breaking down the actions for each intention is important because it helps to turn a broad and abstract goal into specific, actionable steps. When you break down your intentions into smaller, more manageable tasks, it becomes much easier to identify what needs to be done and when.

Having a clear plan of action also makes it easier to track your progress and measure your success. When you can see the specific steps you've taken and the progress you've made, it becomes easier to stay motivated and on track.

Additionally, breaking down actions for each intention helps you to be more realistic about what you can achieve, and how much time and resources it takes. It allows you to create a realistic timeline and plan for your goal, and make adjustments as necessary.

Here are a few very broad examples of intentions that you could set for the year ahead, along with examples of what it would look like to break down the steps you could take to achieve them:

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  1. Career Advancement: Intention: To land a promotion or new job in my field
  • Step 1: Research companies and job openings that align with your goals and skillset
  • Step 2: Network with people in your industry to learn about new opportunities
  • Step 3: Improve your skills by taking relevant classes or obtaining certifications
  • Step 4: Tailor your resume and cover letter to the specific job or company you are applying for
  • Step 5: Practice for interviews by researching common interview questions and preparing answers

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  1. Financial Stability: Intention: To save a certain amount of money by the end of the year.
  • Step 1: Set a specific savings goal, and Break it down into smaller, monthly goals
  • Step 2: Track your spending to identify areas where you can cut back
  • Step 3: Create a budget and stick to it
  • Step 4: Look for ways to increase your income, such as taking on a side hustle or asking for a raise
  • Step 5: Automate savings by setting up automatic transfers from your checking account to your savings account

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  1. Health and Wellness: Intention: To lose weight and improve overall fitness.
  • Step 1: Set a specific weight loss goal and create a plan to achieve it.
  • Step 2: Incorporate healthy eating habits by planning meals and snacks in advance and tracking your daily caloric intake
  • Step 3: Incorporate regular exercise into your routine, whether it's going for a run, taking a yoga class, or lifting weights
  • Step 4: Get enough sleep and reduce stress through practices like meditation or journaling
  • Step 5: Seek support from friends, family, or a professional if needed

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  1. Personal Growth: Intention: To read more books and learn new skills.
  • Step 1: Set a goal for the number of books you want to read in a year
  • Step 2: Make a list of the books you want to read and prioritize them
  • Step 3: Set aside dedicated reading time, whether it's before bed, on your commute, or during lunch breaks
  • Step 4: Seek out online classes, workshops, or tutorials that align with your interests and goals
  • Step 5: Practice and apply what you learn to continue your growth.

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Remember, setting intentions is the first step, but it's important to also have a plan and take action to achieve them. Make sure to track your progress and adjust your plan as needed. And don't be too hard on yourself if you don't achieve everything you set out to do. The most important thing is to keep moving forward, learn from your mistakes and celebrate your successes.

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