A guide to intention setting

This post was originally written for, and appears on, The Botanical Store blog.

We know that it’s now March, however, this is apparently the time where most New Years resolutions have fallen by the wayside and the novelty of the fresh start every January promises has lost its shine.

It’s easy to want to throw in the towel but having a more reflective process that allows you to set intentions that guide your year ahead can be a far more satisfying and simpler way of sticking to goals that really matter.

We hosted an evening of how to set intentions with purpose and clarity which can be used to frame any new chapter, not just a new year.

See below our guide to intention setting

REFLECT – to look ahead, you need to know where you’ve come from. It’s hard to do at the time – that’s why hindsight is such a wonderful thing! Take the time to ask yourself questions such as “What have I understood about myself in this process/year/project?”, “What was my biggest lesson?”, “What were the high points of celebration?”, “Who was I at the beginning of this process/year/project? And how have I changed?”. Smell is one of the strongest senses so maybe use essential oils in a diffuser or burner for each of the different phases. For ‘reflection’ what about Harmony?
RELEASE – it’s important and incredibly healing to release any repeating negative thoughts, patterns or beliefs that could be getting in the way of you realising your goals and desires. One way of letting go is to hold a symbolic ritual where you write down on pieces of paper these thoughts, patterns, beliefs, people, situations etc. and then either burn or bury them. The physical act of changing the state of the energy establishes the release and letting go. If you are burning the paper make sure you do it in a fire proof vessel in a well ventilated area with water on hand!
STATE – Now is the time to state what you are calling in. Ask questions that make you think beyond that first layer like “How do I want to feel during this time?”, “What are my values?”, “What are my desires and goals?”, “Why do I want those things?”, “What help or support do I need to see them actualise?”. Maybe the Nourish essential oil blend would compliment the ‘state’ phase.
SECTIONS – It can be daunting to look at all areas of life over a period of time. We used our Magic of I planners as a guide to divide life into 8 sections – Spiritual, Mental, Work, Love, Money, Social, Physical, and Inspiration. By creating focused streams it allows you to be clear on what it is you’re hoping to achieve in a specific time frame – whether that be in a week, month, quarter, or whole year. Take one or two sections to focus on per month or 6 week time frame and don’t forget to break down those big goals into small actionable steps. An accountability buddy is always good for keeping you on track and make sure you include asking for help and support with things that you don’t know how to do.

Here’s to living with focused attention that sees us achieve our dreams!

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