WASHINGTON, October 6, 2017 – With 2018 not too far away, it’s a good time to get moving on the goals and intentions you set for this year.
First, to clarify the difference between goals and intentions, a goal is something you set and take an action on, whereas an intention is the energy behind it.
Further, you feel intentions and set and accomplish goals. When you merge the two you’ve hit a grand slam homerun.
In Dr. Wayne Dyer’s best selling book “The Power of Intention,” I first learned the difference between the two. According to Dyer,
“A fairly common definition of intention is a strong purpose or aim which is accompanied by a determination to produce a desired result. People driven by intention are described as having a strong will that won’t permit anything to interfere with achieving their inner desire.”
Does this sound like you? Are you a person with a never-give-up attitude, combined with an internal picture that propels you toward fulfilling your dreams? If so, you fill the description of someone with intention. It is a feeling of what you can manifest in your life. Anyone can do this.
A goal is more like completing tasks that can fulfill the S.M.A.R.T definition: A goal that is Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound.
Clients I work with that partner intentions and goals enjoy the journey as much as the destination. For example, you plan a trip to go hiking for the day. You check the weather and see that tomorrow would be a great day to hike. Your goal is to hike to the top of the mountain to see spectacular views.
Here’s where intention comes in. You set your intention to be present and use your senses along the way up to the top. You’ll be present for the sights, smells, things you touch, and any sounds you hear along the way. Even the sandwich you made tastes better when you eat it while marveling at your view of the summit.
Why is this important? It is not about being picky about the definitions. The goal is about reaching something, typically an achievement, as opposed to the larger intention of being present, feeling it and the energy behind it.
Here are tips that can help you enjoy the journey to your destination:
- Intentions are in the present moment. Goals are focused on the future.
- Intentions are internal. They are focused on your relationships with yourself and others. Goals are external achievements.
- Intentions are independent of achieving the goal set. Goals are specific achievements.
- Intentions are to live each day to the fullest. Goals are to try several challenges you have not tried before.
- Intentions are to live your life in alignment with your values. Goals are the action steps you take to assure that you achieve those values.
The first of my positive self-talk strategies is to Set Aside a Quiet Time each morning. It is a time when I set my intentions for the day. For me, this clarifies who I want to be in the world rather than the specifics of what I want to do.
You can set intentions for the different areas of your life such as financial intentions, relationship, business, and more. If you want to increase your chances of actually reaching your goals, make sure they are values-driven. In other words, if health is a value of yours, what action steps do you need to take to accomplish that? One answer can be to exercise, and another might be to eat in a healthy manner.
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Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, CPCC
Certified Business, Life & Career Coach
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