Hello and welcome! This site is dedicated to living from Values-based intentions – with a specific focus on our possessions, personal habits, relationships, and career.
Here’s a quick introduction to what intention means, as I define it on this blog, and some resources to help you set your own Values-based intentions.
Up until a few years ago, I believed that “intention” was a gentler word for “goal” or “deliberate action.” But I now believe intentions stand for something much deeper and more profound when we align them with our Values.
Setting Values-based Intentions
We can set intentions for any part of our lives.
I suggest focusing on areas that are your strengths or that cause you stress.
Personally, I have between 2-4 separate intentions in each of the following four areas: possessions, personal habits, relationships, and career.
While other people choose to have just one or two for their lives overall.
There is no magic number for everyone.
The guideline is: enough to avoid feeling stressed out in any particular area of our lives, and few enough to easily remember day-to-day.
Read this post to find out more about setting intentions: How to set intentions.
Intentions are not
– Goals. Goals are something we can use to measure our efforts when implementing actions based on our Values, but they are not in and of themselves our true motivation.
– Future oriented. Intentions must be embodied in the present moment. Peace, joy, and fulfillment happen in the now, not when we are waiting for a specific achievement or outcome to happen first.
– Metric focused. Intentions don’t measure the pounds we want to lose or revenue we want to make. At any point in our journey, embodying our deepest Values is innately fulfilling.
– Expectation focused. Intentions aren’t tied to any particular outcomes other than peace, joy, fulfillment, and love.
Using Values-Based Intentions
Once we have our intentions set, we simply embody our Values in the present moment, given our current circumstances.
By embodying our Values in the present moment, given our current circumstances, we are able to experience the presence, peace, and joy we seek.
That’s all we ever “need” to do.
(But boy, staying in the present moment and living out or Values
can feel like is a full-time job!)
And yes, we can plan for the future, too.
We can decide how we’d like to embody our Values now, next month, or over the next year. But we can also trust that if we make choices aligned with our Values, things will unfold naturally.
No “forcing” required.
The With Intention Quick Start Guide
If you’d like to become an email reader (I send one weekly post and one weekly podcast per week) you’ll also get The With Intention Quick Start Guide.
The guide has links to my top five: posts, books, videos, habits, and blogs to help you go deeper in this work.
I also offer special free live online classes from time to time for email readers as well.
I want to thank you for coming to my little home on the web.
My hope is that by sharing each week on the blog and in the podcast I’m able to help you find balance in life based on Values-based intentions, principles, and a loose hold on expectation (hint: that’s my intention for everything I do online!).
If you’d like to reach out, please do! I love replies to email updates, comments, and emails to say hello.
May something wonderful happen to you today,