In yoga, at the outset of the class, the teacher will sometimes ask you to identify your intentions. In the 30 Day Shred, Jillian Michaels is constantly asking you to bring intention to the painful exercises she demands you complete. In the land of business jargon, trainers and managers are constantly asking about your career and project intentions. As a self-proclaimed skeptic and non-believer of touchy-feely, quasi-spiritual jargon, I have always dismissed the concept of using intention to complete tasks. In my world, if you are going to run 10 miles, go out, do it, and move on.
Is it really possible that my theoretical intentions have an effect on how well I complete a specific task? Before becoming a mother, I would easily have argued, no! However, as my life now revolves around three young girls, I find that I need to pro-actively think about my intentions for workouts, parenting goals, career responsibilities and sometimes, on those really tough days, I need to identify and focus my intentions on just getting through the day.
As a parent, you are continuously juggling multiple tasks and responsibilities; if you are not focused on what you want to achieve you can find yourself feeling lost, like you are running around in circles and never getting anywhere. Focusing my intentions on my daughters has helped me to set goals and achieve them. For example, my recent parenting intention is focused on mitigating my four-year old’s tantrums. I have committed myself to bringing about change in her behavior, and I will not stop working at my goal until I achieve it.
As a working mother, bringing intention to my fitness goals is crucial. There is always something “else” I could be doing besides working out. However, if I want to bring about change and I want to achieve my physical goals, I need to act in a determined manner. Focusing my intentions on working out has helped me step away from the laundry, grab my running shoes, and hit the pavement.
So… this lesson may seem like a no brainer to some, but for others, like me, who have scoffed at the thought of using the power of positive thinking and your intentions to impact your actions, the results are impressive. Try to focus your intentions on goals that you have not been able to achieve, you will notice a difference!
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