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15 Daily Intentions to Set for a More Driven Life

15 Daily Intentions to Set for a More Driven Life

Setting daily intentions is one of the most powerful visualization techniques you can do. It is so easy to roll out of bed and wander through your day with no direction or drive. Daily intentions make you laser focused, put you in a positive head space, and commit you to your goals.

How Do Daily Intentions Work?

A daily intention sets your reticular activation system (RAS) to work. Your RAS is essentially a filter for information[1] You brain is overloaded with information every day, and it simply cannot absorb all those colors, noises, and facts, so it filters them based on your belief system.

For example, you buy a new car that you think is unique because you have never seen one, and then everywhere you go, you suddenly see your new car. That is your RAS system at work.

You can use this part of your brain for good. If you set your focus or brain filter to your goals with a specific intention, your brain will filter through all the information you receive automatically and hand you information relevant to your goal. That is why they are so powerful: you are turning your brain biology in your favor.

It is an incredibly powerful tool to switch from negative thinking to positive. Your brain is always searching and filtering, you just have to put on the right filter.

Tips to Enhance the Power of Your Intention

When setting intentions, use these tips to make them stick.

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Focus

When you say your intention, you have to focus on it and make sure it deeply resonates with you so you can feel its power. It should make you want to jump out of bed and into your day.

Connect to Your Why

Make sure it is deeply connected to your why. Your why is what drives you to achieve your goals and move through life. Power up your intention with it.

Leave Your Fears Behind

Add in an exhale of fears into your routine. Inhale deeply and exhale all your fears and doubts holding you back and dive into your life unafraid.

Be Accountable

Invent an accountability system. Setting your intentions once is great, but the more you do it, the more driven and focused your life will be. Find a way to stay accountable.

To create more focus, it is important to clear up as much mental real estate as possible by dealing with negative thoughts.

If you need a little help in this, the Make It Happen Handbook is the tool you need. This handbook features a week-by-week programme that will help you stay accountable. With the handbook, you will make yourself more committed to following through your intentions and goals.

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I have written some intentions to deal with some emotional issues, so you can be free to solely focus on your goals, whatever they may be!

15 Daily Intentions to Set for a More Driven Life

Reflect on your goals and pick and choose from the following intentions to get you started on your journey.

1. I accept myself as enough.

Setting the intention that you are enough is a great way to banish any insecure and negative thoughts that hold you back from your goals.

2. I won’t be afraid to try difficult things.

Deciding that you can do difficult things will help you cope with unexpected roadblocks in your day. Instead of crumbling, you will raise yourself up to defeat them with an indomitable attitude.

3. I intend to do my best today to achieve my goals.

Doing your best each day to achieve your goals is important, and sometimes you just need to focus on the fact that you aren’t going to give half your best today. You are going to go in with 100% and do everything to the best of your ability.

4. I will believe I am beautiful and accept my flaws.

By setting the intention that you are beautiful as you are helps remove the anxiety that comes with daily living. You are beautiful, and that is enough. You are allowed to make mistakes and not be perfect; this is okay. Now you have so much more mental real estate to focus on reaching your goals instead of being devoted to self shaming.

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5. I will drink enough water today.

Keeping hydrated is important. If you aren’t hydrated, you get tired and depressed. Drinking water helps maintain your blood pressure and boosts blood circulation, getting all that good blood to the brain where it needs to be![2]

6. I intend to do something fun today.

If you are driven and work all the time, you will burn out. You need to have some fun. Part of a rounded life means having fun, and then when it comes to work time, you will be more driven and focused.

7. I will look for the positive side in negative situations.

This is a powerful mindset shift that can really help you live a fuller life. By focusing on the positive and the lesson in adversity, you can best handle situations.

8. I intend to be grateful for three things today.

Gratitude has an overwhelming power to change your life. Practicing it will bring you peace of mind and switch your mindset from lack to abundance, giving you positive energy to drive you through your day.

9. I will forgive those who wrong me so that I may be at peace.

If you are at peace, you don’t have to spend mental energy rethinking situations that have happened and you no longer have control over. Forgive people and accept that they’re not perfect. Forgive people for yourself and your growth.

10. I will control what I can control.

You can only control what you can control, and attempting to control what you can’t is a waste of time. Focus on what you can and let go of what you can’t. Your life will thrive.

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11. I will develop a healthy relationship with money.

Money is good and having a good relationship with it is key to having a more driven and productive life. Instead of a state of lack and fear, choose abundance and love. You will find it easier for money to flow to you when you want it to.

12. I intend to bring abundance and love into my life.

You always want to focus on bringing more good into your life. By setting an intention to bring abundance into your life, you not only set yourself up for a positive mindset, but you RAS is looking for reasons to prove you have an abundant life.

13. I will face all my challenges today with a calm mind and conviction.

Having a positive attitude towards adversity will really help you achieve your goals. The road to success is paved with many challenges, so choose to run at them head first. The faster you face them, the more successful you will be.

14. I intend to embrace who I am.

Living authentically with who you are means you are no longer at war within yourself. Be who you are and face the world with it. It is just more mental and emotional real estate being freed up create the life you really want.

15. I will do my best to lead by example.

By setting the bar high for yourself, you teach other people how to live a happy and more successful life. Decide who you want to be and show up like that every day. Your life will change, you will inspire people, and they will join you on your journey to success.

Final Thoughts

By setting a strong intention that really resonates with you, you can focus on what you want to achieve in your life. Whether it is personal, professional, spiritual, or simply personal growth, setting an intention sets you up in the morning to face the day with a positive and indomitable attitude.

More Tips on Setting Daily Intentions

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Reference

[1] Science Direct: Reticular Activating System
[2] Medical News Today: Fifteen benefits of drinking water

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How to Create a Personal Strategic Plan for Your Goals

How to Create a Personal Strategic Plan for Your Goals

Creating a personal strategic plan is necessary to achieve your goals. Most companies do that, but for some reason, some talented, motivated individuals don’t. It makes no sense and yet, people broadly think about their goals but don’t create a personal strategy to achieve them.

In this article, I’m going to address that as it is one of the most critical single tasks you can do to change the course of your life.

Defining Your Personal Strategic Plan

Let’s start with the perfect example of John (pseudonym). As a child, he played football, baseball, and basketball, but he wasn’t great at any of them.At the age of 15, he tried to join the basketball team and failed. He was too short and managed to get in to carry the uniform of the star player. The story continues as he continued to practice hard, waking up at 6 am each day, and after a year finally making it to the basketball team that lost the first three tournaments.

He continued practicing even harder and eventually became perhaps the most influential basketball player of all time—Michael Jordan.

You might argue that it is definitely a combination of raw talent and hard work for athletes. Still, no one can say that without practice and working hard for years on the same goal, this hard-working individual would have never achieved his achievements.

This is why it is crucial to define your strategy and then pursue it. It cannot guarantee that you’ll become a world-class athlete, but it can guarantee that you’ll have the best chances of getting to your goals with your unique set of capabilities.

We’re going to provide you with research-based proven methods of preparing your personal strategic plan.

What Is a Personal Strategic Plan?

According to an article in the Journal of Management Research, “effective personal strategy means being able to think in multiple time frames, clarifying what one is trying to achieve over time as well as what needs to be done in the short term to get there.”[1] In other words, it means setting a vision and a plan to execute it.

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A growth mindset is essential when preparing a personal strategic plan. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be ambitious enough—and if you’re here thinking about your long term goals, it means that you likely already have a growth mindset.

According to an essay in Harvard Business Review, “individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts).”[2]

The main trait that is associated with success is planning. It is sometimes more important than talent.[3]

There are many methods for building your personal strategy, and I’m going to cover some of them. They all share an understanding of a high-level vision, a sense of your values, and practical steps on how to get there.

Horizons of Focus

David Allen is one of the leading time management specialists globally with his famous book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. One aspect of time management is the understanding of what you need to get done in a personal strategic plan.

His method includes the following horizons:

Horizon 5: Purpose and Principles

This is where you set your vision for life. Of course, this is a big thing that requires you to think about what you would be happy with accomplishing decades from now. Sub-questions are which jobs, lines of industry, impact, and legacy are you interested in.

An excellent method to examine that is by using the “five whys” process. In this simple method, you should ask yourself “why” to help you understand the real reasons for choosing your vision.

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For example, if you want to become a successful entrepreneur, you can ask yourself why that is. If the “why” is to make an impact, you can ask yourself additional questions, such as whether this is the best way to do that.

If you decide that it is, you might wonder why you want to create an impact. Perhaps it is because there is something you deeply care about.

Your vision shouldn’t be only on professional goals; it should be on every life goal you care about. A bad example would be: “To be the most successful entrepreneur ever.” It is not unique and does not address your inner wants and needs. A good one would be specific, non-generic for you and your personal goals.

By choosing a long-term goal specific for you, you can continue to the next step of figuring out how what the next few years will look like.

The second part of this horizon is principles. By choosing your principles, you can re-examine your choices and see if they amount to your expectation from yourself.

Horizon 4: Three- to Five-Year Vision

Now that you have clearly defined your goal in life as part of your personal strategic plan, you can plan the next few years. Every ambitious goal takes time to accomplish. You should plan how to get there and understand that flexibility is vital during these times, as there are a lot of changes going on.

This is when you decide on specific goals, such as a career path. If you aim to be a writer, and your goal is to become a columnist in the New York Times, what would get you there? If your dream is to start a successful startup, what can you do to learn the right things to qualify you as a leading entrepreneur?

When considering the next specific moves you should take, it is always recommended to find a mentor to consult with. This is someone you look up to and picture their life as one that you would like to have. They are usually at least 10-15 years older and successful in achieving their goals.

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What would be the next step to get you to your vision? This is not an easy question to answer, but broadly speaking, you should envision a road that can’t be 100% clear sometimes and still takes you in the right direction.

Horizon 3: One- to Two-Year Goals and Objectives

What objectives will the next year hold?

Let’s say that you chose a specific career path. Now, you should focus on the main criteria and key performance indicators that would help you get there. That may seem far from your vision, but visions are, by nature, a bit far out.

If you decided that you want to be a successful entrepreneur in five years to impact climate change positively, but you still don’t feel that you have the knowledge to do that, a first step might be working for a startup that’s doing that.

When you take a look at the first year of working for that startup, it might be a good idea to understand your job requirements and prepare to be excellent doing them. By doing that, you’re on the right path to your dream.

Horizon 2: Areas of Focus and Accountability

After learning what you need in order to plan the next few years, we’re now getting to the important daily stuff. What are the primary few things that are important for your success in achieving your goal?

This is the part when you understand your day to day responsibilities and excel at making them. Making a daily to-do list may be helpful at this stage. This is one way to hold yourself accountable when you decide on the daily steps you’ll need to take to carry out your personal strategic plan.

This is also the horizon that will help you avoid procrastination, as you’ll have a clear idea of what to do and when. If you fall into a rut of procrastination, check out Lifehack’s Fast-Track Class: No More Procrastination.

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Horizon 1: Projects

These are the open loops of your goals that need to be achieved. One example can be editing that company movie. Another might be finishing that report. It can also be personal things, such as organizing the birthday party for your brother.

You have tons of these, and every once in a while, it is suggested to ensure that they align with the higher-level goals you have.

After you add everything to your calendar, the last step is to actually get it done. You can use tons of project management systems, such as Monday, Asana, Notion, and others. In Notion, they actually have a prepared template for this suggested method.

Additional Methods

The above method is just one out of many for developing your personal strategic plan.

Another one is called V2MOM, invented by Salesforce’s founder[4]. The idea is to ask yourself five questions—some of them were also asked above—which would help you clarify your vision and get it.

The five questions are:

  • Vision: What do you want to achieve?
  • Values: What’s important to you?
  • Methods: How do you get it?
  • Obstacles: What is preventing you from being successful?
  • Measures: How do you know you have it?

Final Thoughts

As mentioned, knowing where you want to go and preparing for it has a huge impact on your success in life. That may seem obvious, but some ambitious people don’t manage their lives in a way that helps them position themselves in the best way possible to succeed. Spend a few hours thinking and coming up with a personal strategic plan to put yourself on the right path today.

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