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Find your intention with our tips and tools

Whatever you're working on right now, have you considered your intention?

You might not be consciously aware of it, but intention is always at work. Everything in our lives starts with an intention. It’s more than setting goals. It is a guiding principle for how you want to be, live, and your path that you want to be aligned with.

Intention guides thoughts, attitudes, and actions. It is, in short, the purpose for your actions.

Oprah Winfrey once (wisely) said:

“Every action, thought and feeling is motivated by an intention, and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect. If we participate in the cause, it is not possible for us not to participate in the effect. In this most profound way, we are held responsible for our every action, thought, and feeling which is to say, for our every intention.”

The purpose of these tools and tips are to help you find your intentions and, importantly, turn them into positive actions on reuse and sustainability - now and in the future.


Find your intention
First things first: you need to consciously consider your intentions. Have you thought about how you identify intentions for your projects, your day, your year, your organisation, your life? Setting an intention is like drawing a map of where you want to go and should be the driving force behind your goals and visions. 
These ideas will help you manifest your short-term intentions, this guide will help you to find your intention, and then consider these questions for understanding your intention and what drives you to achieve your intended purpose. 
Apply your intent
Setting your intentions will allow you to focus on who you are in the moment, to recognise and live your values, raise your energy and become more effective. This three-step toolkit will help you set your intentions and, in turn, your goals, this list of Apps can all be used practically to build your intentions into your everyday life, and these tech tools will help keep you on track.
A more in-depth approach are these tools and techniques are based on the book Intention Matters, which outlines a four-step model neuroscience-informed framework to help to identify, distil, embody and take the necessary action that will make your intentions a reality. 
Turn your intentions into actions
A little less hesitation and a bit more action and effort will bring unexpected ideas, insights, rewards and results; these practical steps to turn your intentions into reality include choosing the ‘what’, figuring out the ‘how’ and anticipating any trouble. This playbook focuses on four key steps to create a culture of positive intent in the workplace.
Similarly, researchers Peter Gollwitzer and Gabriele Oettingen at New York University coined the implementation intention technique. In various studies, they found that using this simple goal-setting trick can double or even triple people’s chances of turning good intentions into genuine action, and it is explained here.
Also worth looking at is this five-star rated book. How to turn intention into action by Francis Girard, it’s also available to download. 



Make them stick!


Vowing to do your intentions isn’t enough to make it stick, so make a commitment instead and check out these tips to integrate your intention into your everyday activities. Often, the vast majority of struggles in life come down to one simple problem: actions don’t match our intentions and this article nicely summarises how to overcome this obstacle. 

Similarly these three mindful steps we can take all for make our intentions come alive are useful while this insightful piece explores a simple secret that every entrepreneur uses to make resolutions stick. 


Use these intentional ideas 


Intentions can as expansive as you want to make them and you have the freedom to become whoever you want to be but, first, you need to get started. Here are some examples of clear intentions you can set now and it’s also worth considering these 21 sustainable intentions, as recommended by the experts of GlobalGiving’s Climate Action Fund.

While 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, don’t let that stop you from allowing yourself to set intentions for the future, and these ideas will help you do just that while these ideas for intentions are particularly useful after the difficult last year.

Measure efforts rather than results


Marshall Goldsmith’s book, Triggers, recommends creating a set of personal “Daily Questions” to measure our effort, not our results and track progress on behaviours you want to change. Interesting, he shows how we can overcome the trigger points in our lives that may make us forget our intentions. 

With all this in mind, do remember that it’s your choice to choose where you focus your energy, and to choose a better normal, a better life, a better future. This blog looks at the actions you can take to make a positive, lasting difference in everything you do and if you feel like giving up, and self-doubt and despair is taking over see this round-up of inspirational stories and ideas that shows anything is possible. We've also previously written about developing habits and you can check it out right here and some sound advice on beating the distraction demons is always a helpful read when looking to set intentions.

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Jennifer Clair Robson

Jennifer Clair Robson

Writing to make a difference because climate change, sustainability and the environment are issues close to my heart.

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