I am a big fan of SMART goal setting (see my post on that here), but I am an even bigger fan of intention setting.
What is the difference?
Goals are specific things you want to achieve. Get a new job, lose 10 pounds, do a handstand, travel to Thailand. These are goals.
Intentions are how we want to show up in everything we do, including as we work towards our goals. Compassionate, present, trusting the process, persistent. These are intentions.
I ALWAYS set intentions in the new year before I set goals.
I think intentions are more important, because as the year goes on, the goals might change a bit, or we might achieve our goals and need to set new ones.
But the intentions are like a lighthouse. They carry us through all the trials and tribulations. They help us show up fully in everything we do. They keep us strong and focused.
Why You Need A Word Of The Year
This is why I’m so thrilled that the concept of setting a “word of the year” has become trendy in the past few years. I think that having a word to guide you is brilliant, and far more useful than setting vague, difficult to accomplish resolutions.
Intentions, unlike resolutions, can be achieved every single day. Every single moment. Because they are how we show up right now, right here. Not something we have to work to become in the future.
This year, my word of the year is integration.
I chose this word because I own several businesses and feel pulled in different directions at times. But similar themes guide all of my work, so I’m striving this year to show up as the full integrated me, everywhere I go and in everything I do.
Now it’s time to set your intention for the year ahead.
If you haven’t set intentions yet this year, take a moment to think about how you want to show up. About your goals and dreams, and the person you need to be right now in this moment to achieve these.
And see if you can distill them into a word that you can call on throughout the year, to guide you through it all.