During the first yoga session of the year, my yoga instructor asked us about our intention for 2024.
Everyone in the group came up with what they hoped to bring into their lives. It was interesting to see how different and yet how similar we are!
My shared intentions for the year are – Joy, Energy, and Focus.
I have a confession to make – I kind of.. sort of …cheated!!
Because what gives me joy is also what fills me with energy! When I am joyous and energetic, I do not need to chase focus!!
So, my intent for 2024 is to create more joy for myself intentionally.
What does having clarity about what I want and setting the intent do for me?
For the next 5 months, I have planned activities that give me joy. I have already scheduled them in my calendar. I have already paid for them. I know what I will defer, decline, or disregard to make space for what I want to do. Setting the intent of being joyful has opened me up to it even more. There is anticipation of upcoming events/activities, preparation for them, and the joy of engaging in them at the scheduled time. But the best is the impromptu moments that crop up because you are more aware of them now, just like the ‘red car syndrome’ – you think about buying a red car and suddenly start seeing it everywhere!!
This brings me to what happens when you are not clear about what you want –
- You lack focus and motivation.
- You may run after whatever is considered hot or cool in the moment.
- You get easily distracted.
- You feel disengaged with people and events around you.
- You may prioritize others over yourself and feel frustrated about it.
- You may feel underachieved and unfulfilled.
If you are having a hard time living up to your potential, take some time to reflect on what matters to you. Clarity will help you prioritize and pursue your goals with focus and confidence to meet your expectations. When you set a goal and reach it, you experience victory. The feeling pushes you towards setting higher targets and achieving even more. It helps you pursue the rewards that you cherish. You may drift into routine busyness without clarity on what matters to you. You may never know what you value and want and never realize your potential. Clarity helps you set goals that shape you into the person you want to become and live a life aligned with your beliefs and values.
If your thoughts are tripping over each other and you need help establishing clarity about your goals/intentions, do not hesitate to seek help from your mentors or work with a coach. Feel free to reach me for a complimentary discovery conversation.
PS – To receive tips on setting goals that work for you in the form of an ebook, click here.