First and foremost, I want to say Happy New Year to all you babes. 2018 has been so amazing to me so far and I'm super excited for what's to come (I have a lot to share with you all so stay tuned!).
Every year, I hear the phrase "New Year, New Me". Every year, we set these resolutions that we give up on after the 3rd week of January (or even sooner). Every year, we go right back to our old toxic habits after promising ourselves we would eat healthier and exercise everyday. Sounds familiar? Well don't feel bad, I'm guilty of this too. We all are. Truth is, we don't wake up on New Years Day and magically become new people with new habits. Your body and mind could care less whether it is January 1st or December 1st. I've never been a fan of setting resolutions because I feel like I'm forcing myself to accomplish something or be something I'm not. Resolutions put pressure and unnecessary stress on you and that leads to negative emotions. Those emotions get tied to the goal you're trying to accomplish and then you end up feeling like its a chore to accomplish those goals. It becomes a negative cycle and guess what? you're bound to go back to your toxic habits because that's what you're comfortable with.
Intentions are internal, whereas goals are external. They have the ability to grow and shift with us, and can also be the guidance we need to form clarity in our lives. In connecting to an intention, we don't have to look elsewhere for happiness or satisfaction because what we desire is already within us. It's a great feeling when we realize that we don't need to try and be something we're not. Intentions help us be more present and focus on the NOW.
I'm going to give you guys 5 tips that have helped me set some powerful intentions and hopefully they can inspire you to create your ideal lifestyle.
1. Create A Vision Board
This is a big one for me. I am OBSESSED with vision boards. I created one on New Years Eve and welcomed 2018 with a lot of positivity and inspiration. I've already accomplished 4 things on my board and I know I will accomplish all of it this year. I put mine on the wall right in front of my bed so I can look at it before going to sleep and wake up to it as well. Vision boards work quickly because you are telling your subconscious what you want to achieve. Your subconscious will then let your conscious mind know what needs to be done in order to accomplish these things. Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. When you visualize, you emit a powerful frequency into the Universe. Law of Attraction, baby. Works EVERY TIME. When creating your vision board, make sure you're setting a tone for what you want your ideal lifestyle to be like. It should focus on how you want to FEEL, not just on the things you want. Don't get me wrong, it's great to include material stuff as well but the more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.
2. Practice Gratitude
Always be in a state of gratitude when setting an intention. Count your blessings and be open to receiving more. Believe that the things you want are already in your possession and be grateful for that. One habit I've cultivated is keeping a gratitude journal and writing at least 3 things I'm grateful for each day. Not only has it helped me manifest my desires, but it has given me a more positive outlook on life. Remember, a grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.
3. Say It Out Loud
Voicing your intentions out loud will help you manifest them. Find someone you trust and tell them what your intentions are. Notice how you feel after expressing them out loud. Do they excite you? Do they ignite the passion in your soul? Do you feel powerful? If you can say yes to all these things, you're on the right track.
4. Let Go Of The Negative
It's SO important to surround yourself with people who will motivate you and inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Let go of the people and things that no longer serve you. Be willing to do things that make you happy and promote positivity in your life. If you love painting, make the effort to attend fun painting classes or dedicate some time during the week for that hobby. When you begin to do the things you have passion for, you begin to raise your vibration and It'll become easier to set your intentions and manifest your desires.
5. Let The Universe Handle It
This is a crucial part of the process. Don't try to control the outcome, just flow with it instead. The Universe has a plan and it will unfold the way it's supposed to unfold. This is the toughest part for me because I am a huge perfectionist and control freak. When things don't happen the way I want them to, I become frustrated. The Universe doesn't appreciate the frustration, trust me on that one. Just be clear on your intentions, remind yourself of what they are everyday and let things happen.
"If your intention is powerful, your action will be powerful. If your action is powerful, your results will be powerful"