I started the year with three intentions, three words to focus on. Create, Explore, Thrive. This week, revisiting my intentions and examining them, has actually been really helpful. I hope it worked that way for you, but if not, don't give up.
Here's what I learned this week:
Create--that's been going well on one level, but I have to admit I need more focus in my creating. I've been having fun, creating bits of art and writing as the whim strikes, but I haven't been working on the projects that actually mean the most to me.
Explore--also going pretty well, although I think I did more in the first few months of the year than I have in the past couple of months. I need to pay more attention to the ruts I fall into and also follow up when I find something new that intrigues me.
My final intention, thrive, is the one that needs the most attention. I realized that this one very strongly and directly influences the other two, which makes focusing on it even more important. This week I focused a lot on how I'm going to make this intention bloom for the rest of the year.
This report may seem like I've failed, or at least fallen short, with my intentions. Your own list might be looking like that to you, too. This impression is completely wrong, though! We're doing fine.
The important part about intentions, especially longer term monthly or yearly intentions, is revisiting them regularly. We mustn't expect to set intentions and then magically have our lives realign so that we're always living within the realm of our intentions. Intentions are guides, like lines on a map. Sometimes, you look away from the map and go off track. But then you look at the map again, correct your course, and keep moving forward.
Yeah, that's a lot of metaphor. It's also true. Your intentions are always there for you to revisit and revamp. Don't be discouraged if your list looks like mine, and you aren't quite where you hoped you'd be at the beginning of the year. The fact that you're thinking about this means you're still in the game.
How to get started on your intention revamp?
Look at your successes. Were there parts that were easy? What made them that way? What made the not-so-easy parts rough? Use what you discover to help you decide what things you want to do next and how you want to do them.
Next, if you have more than one intention or focus, see how they're connected to each other. This will let you find activities that can blend your intentions and help keep you more focused on them. For example, from my intentions I found that cooking can work to combine all three. Cooking is creating while trying new recipes is exploring, and making healthful, satisfying foods helps me thrive. You don't always need to connect all your intentions in one activity, but if you can find a way to do it sometimes, it's quite gratifying.
One last thing you might want to consider--make sure your intentions are still things you want to pursue. Often when we don't quite meet goals we've set for ourselves it's just that we need a bit of adjustment to our techniques, but sometimes it's because the goals weren't quite what we really wanted.
That's it for this week. Take where you are now, review your intentions, don't get discouraged, and let yourself move forward from here. Revisit, revamp, restart!
See you Tuesday!