Sewing the seeds of Intentions for 2021
As one of the most challenging years in history draws to a close, it is time for a BIG change. Intention-setting is about a shift in mindset.
As one of the most challenging years in history draws to a close, it may be time for a revolution in resolutions. Intention-setting is less about a specific goal and more about a shift in mindset to help achieve that goal.
Let’s be honest, any resolutions you had for 2020 likely got chucked out the window the day lockdowns began, or when you realized things were changing at a rapid pace, when it became apparent that, in addition to still working your day job, you were also now in charge of home-schooling your kids. In short, for most of us, 2020 was probably not the banner year we were hoping for.
While 2021 might see the return of some degree of normal life, it’s hard to set specific goals and make resolutions when the future is still hazy.
Set Your Great Intentions Like Little Seedlings.
A new way to look at setting intentions is to imagine that you are planting seeds. As you think about and write down and speak your intentions, imagine that these are the seeds of new life, your new life in 2021. Think about focusing on the seeds of your intentions and sprinkle clear nourishing water and energy over them. Visualise yourself sending them love, like gentle rays of sunshine. In your imagination see them grow, first in your mind and then in your new reality of 2021.
Unlike resolutions, intentions are a bit more open-ended. You may think they are a bit more spiritual, a bit less ‘get me to the finish line’, however, intentions can actually help push you to even bigger wins than a resolution can.
The easiest way to set an intention is by asking yourself how you want to feel when you’re doing something. Then you can start to design choices around things that will keep them moving toward.
Rather than constantly looking ahead, you can be focused on achievements in the present moment. Intentions allow you to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Resolutions are all about pushing through to get to an end result, while intentions are about enjoying the way there.
An intention helps you chart a daily course.
Each step moves you closer and setting an intention means it is easier to celebrate each small success. It’s also helpful to think of intentions as long-term goals. They describe the general direction you want to go, and the kind of person you aspire to be. In an unpredictable time, such as the one we’re living in right now, aim for long-term aspirations rather than short-term.
Take the idea of improving your general health. Once you set the intention, follow through with one or two specific areas you would like to focus your attention on. Maybe you want to eat healthier. Set an intention to make better choices with your food every day. Or you can set a more specific intention and decide you will eat a vegetable serving every day.
Be intentional about your daily choices and ask yourself, ‘Will this choice increase or decrease my health? That question alone will get you moving in the right direction.
Finally, one thing I find helpful when starting a New Year is choosing a theme for the year ahead. Pick a word that you want - it can be anything, freedom, momentum, courage. Draw it, paint it, find a symbol or a piece of jewellery that represents it. Then, every time there is a decision, go back to the word and it will help to guide all choices.
Lee Pryke is an Intuitive Life Coach always available for a positive conversation.