I hope you have had an incredible week creating special memories with the people you love most.
It was a beautiful day in Cumbria on Sunday so Rob and I took the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and to take in the gorgeous Autumn colours before they are gone, it was truly beautiful.
It has been a while since we have been out walking and it made a refreshing change. Whilst we were taking in the beauty and the gorgeous fresh air, I started to reflect on how much my life has changed over the past 12 months and how much I have achieved. I honestly feel that I have achieved more in the past few months than I have in the past 5 years.
That has not been by accident, it is because I have set an intention for my life that I find so inspiring I am willing to take consistent action, no matter how small, to make it become my reality.
When you are motivated and inspired about something it is incredible how much progress you can make in a short space of time! The challenge for many of us is that we don’t have clarity about what we want and even when we do decide on something that inspires us, we don’t dedicate enough time to make it happen.
I wanted to share a few tips on how to avoid that trap and how you can make real progress towards your intentions with little effort!
Set yourself an intention that is inspiring and motivating. I deliberately use the word intention because I find them more inspiring than goals. For me, we have always been told that goals must be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timed) and this sucks all the fun right out of them. When you set an intention, you don’t have to have all the answers, you just need to know what you want the outcome to be. Read blog post 23 for more info on setting intentions.
Think about what your life will look like when your intention becomes your reality. I mean REALLY think about it. Create a picture in your mind that is so clear, it is almost real. Consider what you will be doing, how you will be feeling, who you will be with, what you will be saying. Attach emotion to it. This image should be so vivid that you can physically feel the emotions in your body
Start to become purposeful. The definition of purposeful is to do something with determination and resolve. Start to list down a series of actions that you can take to move you in the direction of your intention. Some of those actions might be big and others might be small. It doesn’t matter, just write them down.
Identify a small action that you can take from your list and DO IT. By taking even a small action, you are signalling to yourself and everyone else that you are serious about changing your life and taking action. Progress is progress. It doesn’t matter whether it is big or small
Take a small action towards your intention every single day. It doesn’t have to be something that will take a long time and you can get creative about how you find the time. For example, if you need to learn something new could you find a suitable podcast and listen to it on your commute to work?
If you have big actions to take either schedule some specific time in to achieve them or consider if the big action can be broken down into smaller tasks and completed over a few days. There is a saying “what gets scheduled, gets done”.
Keep a log of all the small (and big) activities that you complete and review it regularly. You will be amazed at how much progress you can make by becoming purposeful and taking ten minutes out of your day to complete a small action that moves you in the direction of your dreams.
Celebrate even the little wins, it will keep you inspired and motivated along the way. Too often we forget to enjoy our journey because we are too focused on the end point. Of course, you will be happy when you achieve your intention but it doesn’t mean you can’t be happy, proud and loving life right now. In fact, you will achieve your intentions more quickly if you do enjoy yourself.
Feel free to share some of your wins in the comments below.
Until next time