Hello SOTGC community,
It’s the beginning of the year, and new beginnings for 2014 are well on their way. I’ll be talking about using the power of intention in this blog post to accomplish your personal health goals.
Intention is an energy form. It has direction, momentum and meaning. Intention is something you plan with purpose and focused awareness. When clearly formulated, it has a magical way of supporting you in accomplishing what you have voiced as a goal worthy of bringing to completion.
I’ll share with you a strategic plan using intention that you can practice with any goal you have set out to accomplish, but particularly health intentions, since they are often some of the hardest to accomplish. The key to using intention as an energy form to support yourself, is identifying any competing intentions that may be in the way. The competing intention creates an energy that counters the primary intention you are setting out to accomplish. Taking the time to become aware and resolve competing intentions allows you to more swiftly accomplish your health goal.
- State your Intention Outloud: Speaking your intention in front of the mirror or to a friend is a nice way to begin the first step to making your health goal a reality. Let’s say you’d really like to lose weight this year. An intention might be “ It is my intention to lose 5 pounds using exercise and diet modification by Febuary 14, 2014”. Be specific. Put in numbers and dates. This helps paint a clear goal for yourself, and plants a seed for your subconscious mind to get working on it.
- Give your Intention your Attention: Visualize the goal in your mind! Whether you call it creative visualization or vivid daydreaming, when you visualize the process of achieving your intention, as well as the outcome, it creates energy and momentum for your subconscious mind to move one step closer to the goal. Visualization is a mind-body technique, it is an active rather than a passive state of being. It places the energy of attention upon the energy of intention, creating a dual layer of support. Do this as often as you possibly can. Vision boards are also a nice way to support your intention. In the example given, imagine yourself doing exercise activities that you enjoy, making a grocery store run afterwards, picking up colorful fruits and vegetables, leaving with a bag of food devoid of sugar and processed items. Envision yourself waking up energized, full of excitement as you dress yourself, noticing the clothes are a little more loose, the waistline a little more trim. Feeling into your visualization is key as positive emotions add yet another layer of supportive energy, moving your intention into physical world reality.
- Take one SMALL action step: Saying things without taking action doesn’t get us very far. The key to taking action is making the first step a small one, especially when it comes to health intentions. The end result of taking too big of a first step is often discouragement, leading us to abandon the health goal completely. If the intention is weight loss, a small step can be as simple as “ I’m going to put my sneakers on and wear them around the house for 5 minutes for the next week.” When the 5 minutes are done, take them off. It’s the following week that you wear the sneakers and complete a 5 minute brisk run. You get the idea. Scheduling a series of small steps will get you to your goal in no time.
- Make sure your intention is at least 50% believable and achievable: We all want to do amazing things, especially when it comes to our health. Setting the situation up for success means being realistic. While you may want to drop 4 pant sizes in 2 months, if its not a realistic goal, no matter how many vision boards you do, or daydreaming sessions you schedule into the calendar, it will be challenging for the techniques discussed here to support you effectively.
So let’s get to it. What will your strategic health intention be for 2014? Set your intention. Visualize it. Do it.