I love talking intent. Setting my intention for the day, the week, the year and my life has been such a strong tool in my toolbox. If you are a “fix it” person like me, intent is necessary to slow us down before we jump into a situation or challenge and start to try and solve before we understand what we are solving for or why we are solving something at all.
If intent does nothing else, it helps me feel in control of my forward progress. If I am struggling with where I am today, setting intention helps me remember I can move myself to where I want to be. Intent also gives us something to focus on. Often, when we are standing still or stuck in a comfort zone it is because all the thoughts that cloud our space are preventing us from taking the first step. We often don’t know where to start. Setting intent gives us the first step and allows us to take on challenges one decision at a time without trying to boil the ocean.
I have some great questions you can use throughout your day to live more intentionally.
These are great journal prompts for the beginning or end of the day to set your intent for the next day or for the week (hint, hint). They are also great questions to use in conversations throughout your day so that you can be intentional about how you give and receive your time with others. These questions also make me a much better listener.
10 Questions for Intentional Living
1. If I can only accomplish one thing today, what would it be?
2. What’s something that has been nagging my thoughts that I need to resolve?
3. What problem am I trying to solve?
4. Does this situation require me to react or pause?
5. Does this situation require me to fix or listen?
6. What outcome am I trying to produce and am I happy with that outcome?
7. What do I actually want in this moment?
8. When I arrive at my destination today, what energy is important for me to give off?
9. Does this make me feel loved? If not, why?
10. Does this activity motivate me or drain me?
Use these questions of intention to reset in small or large ways in your life. Use them to make decisions, to have conversations and to protect your energy throughout the day. Stay focused on what you intended to do vs. what happened and give yourself a break with your intentions run off course. The beauty about intentions is that we own them entirely and we can reset them whenever we need to. So when in doubt, reset and try again and then watch as life becomes more meaningful as you give yourself credit for accomplishing what you intended throughout your day.