Two friends are chatting about their diets. The first one says, “I want to be healthy and feel great.” The second one says, “I intend to be healthy and feel great.”
Which one do you think is going to get healthy and feel great? Yep – the one who intends it.
Wanting is simply wishing you can have or do a particular thing it. Intending means you’re committed to achieving something by making a plan for success – and sticking to it!
The Fuel for Desired Results
The key to intention is action – try this to build your intention muscle:
Get clear on what you want. Create a vision board by gathering images and words that pertain to your goal, and gluing them onto a large piece of construction paper. Hang the collage in a spot where you’ll see it often. (Or, you can use an online service like Pinterest to create a digital vision board.) It could show foods you’d like to eat, clothes you’d like to wear, exercises you’d like to try or words you’d like to use to describe yourself.
Next, do something to make your desire happen
Let’s say you want to incorporate eating more superfoods into your diet. The person who only ‘wants to’ may take no action beyond thinking about it. The person who ‘intends to’, will go to the effort of purchasing them. Next they would look up how to use that food and before you know it, they are eating more superfoods!
Or say you want to start running. Instead of thinking about it, download a plan like the ‘Couch to 5K’ and schedule the appropriate sessions in your diary.
These are real actions that are going to push you forward to improved health and energy!
How to Have a Great Day… Every Day!
So let’s go a step further. Did you know that you can even set an intention to have a great day?
I appreciate this is easier said than done at times – as I battle with getting over the flu virus I have to admit this hasn’t been easy for me this past week, but this week aside, it really works.
Rather than diving into your morning and hoping you’ll have a good day, why not take a moment and set yourself up for success?
Try this “Setting An Intention to Succeed” exercise used by professional athletes, speakers, politicians, and performers:
Upon waking, lie in bed and think about what you have planned for your day (or, find a quiet spot to sit and contemplate). What are your goals, what do you want to achieve today?
Think about your desired outcome. Take a deep breath and visualize yourself succeeding.
Replay your success several times in your mind.
Next, add other senses, including sounds, smells, and touch. For instance, as you replay your success, you now also hear the director offering you the gig, or you feel the physical sensation of your finger hitting the “send” button on your latest assignment.
Lastly, replay the scene again, adding emotions. Feel your elation at getting the part, or your pride at finally finishing your work.
So now you have set your intentions, you can align your action steps to ensure you succeed.
What can you do to set yourself up to succeed this week? Share your action steps below.
GET EVEN HEALTHIER!
Curious about how health coaching can help you make your own healthy changes? Let’s talk! Schedule a FREE 1 hour consultation with me today or pass this offer on to someone you care about!