As a trainer, health coach, and business owner, I believe in the value of goals. They give us a finish line and help us to measure the results of our efforts. But goals can also bring a sense of discontent. When we set a goal, it is tempting to think that we will not be fulfilled until the goal is reached. And if/when the goal is reached, we may feel both a sense of satisfaction and a sense of "is that all there is?".
So do we abandon our goals? No, set goals. Set SMART goals. But then set daily intentions. I read a great article by Marla Tabaka about goals and intentions. She said "setting and living your intentions allows you to focus on who you are in the moment, to recognize and live your values, and to raise your emotional energy, which in turn raises your physical energy." Wow, she is saying that setting and living our intentions will be life changing for us. I love an easy win.
Let's break down how to make that happen:
We must determine our values and purpose. Why am I here on earth? Do I believe that God has put me here for more then myself and my family? If so, then what else does He have for me? My values will line up with my purpose.
Focus on the present. When I get up in the morning, I like to think about my day and ask God what He has for me today. As I drive to my different work opportunities, I pray and ask for my eyes to be open to who I can bless in each endeavor. Being present in the moment allows me to enjoy both my work and the people I meet along the way.
Our mind and body are one unit and their impact on each other is HUGE! If we are feeling bad physically, then it is easy to get discouraged. And if our emotions are low, then we will feel our bodies struggling as well. But let's reverse that! Can we begin our day with positive affirmations celebrating who we really are, and then affect not only our mental energy but also our physical energy? Recent research on the brain supports this idea. (*I recognize there are physical challenges brought on by sickness and disease. I am not saying we can all be free of those. Instead I am referring to living our best in spite of our difficulties).
Whether or not you believe that you can affect real change by setting your intentions, set your intention to give it a try 😉. You truly have nothing to lose, and you may find a new way to reach your goals that has you living in joy as you are PRESENT on your journey.