Lately I’ve been thinking about the difference between setting an intention and setting a goal.
Although the two are related, I feel there is also remarkable difference in an interesting sort of way… at least that’s how it strikes me and likely why I feel it’s worth thinking about …and why I’m sharing my thoughts today.
Now of course, if you’ve been reading my blog of any length of time you already know I am huge on goal setting, in fact I have many goals myself.
When it comes to setting intentions however, I feel in some ways to me, they feel more immediate and seem to glean greater results much faster than solely working on my goals… in fact it almost feels like it’s a done deal.
You see, to me, setting a goal is outlining or drawing an illustration of something that you plan to work towards and bring it to fruition, but (to me) goals are almost always aimed at completion sometime down the road. While you may have a deadline to achieve the goals, hefty goals are almost always to be achieved in the future.
My take on setting intentions however is that you fully intend to get to that goal… like NOW. In other words you have set your intentions to map out a clear set of steps that you plan to take effective immediately, and intend to get ‘serious’ to get you to that goal PDQ (pretty darn quick). You know what is to be done and it’s just a matter of doing it.
At least, that is my interpretation in any event.
Now, in case you are wondering, I’m not detracting from the importance of goals. My goals are alive and well… and I have quite a few. The thing is, I rarely share my goals. I like to keep them to myself… as they are mine… and I don’t need input from others, negative or positive because it makes no difference anyway.
I suppose I also feel sharing goals sound too similar to sharing ‘dreams’… even though to me they are much more than that.
With that said, I think ‘goals’ are sometimes viewed by some as things that will happen but you don’t always know when. (I suppose it depends on what ‘it’ is… but often they are a work in progress)… i.e.: ‘oh yea I have a ‘goal’ to do “X” one day” …. (See what I mean?)
Funnily, I do share my intentions. If my mom or significant other asks me what I have planned for the day I very confidently rattle off my list; even though the planned tasks for the day are always in alignment with my goals. I just feel that with the power of intention under my belt, things seem to materialize in a more tangible way because I’ve made it my mission to do so and I always have something to show for it at the end of the day.
The Power of Intention feels different …
Lately I’ve been getting up in the morning and setting intentions for each day while keeping my longer term goal in focus.
Maybe it’s because there are less that 100 days until the end of the year and I’ve kicked myself up the Khyber pass to do some catch up or at least gain better traction on a few ‘goals’ that have lagged a bit lately.
As a result I’ve seemed to really clear on my goals as well as well get more done accomplished and felt very determined and almost cross at the fact that I had a loosy goosy summer and put a few things on the back burner.
When I have sat down to make a list of the things I “intend” to do for the day the tasks have been immediately achievable.
Each task on the list are things that have seemed to propel me closer to my end result as well. Perhaps it’s because I’ve intended to do them NOW instead of later… or maybe it’s because mentally I know its catch up time and time to get this show on the road.
When I tell my self I am setting my intention, I seem to put the extra steps under a microscope and am very clear on how I’m going to take the steps to bring me closer to them instead of having a mental picture that I’ll get to ‘soon’.
This morning for example, I addressed my goals. I knew that in order to reach them I needed to do xyz.
As a result I ‘intentionally’ got my proverbial butt on the move to ‘git ‘er done’ and after flying around like a mad woman, frothing at the mouth, my progress was quite astonishing. There was no inkling of procrastination either… I just knew what had to be done and got my skates on!
As I checked off my list I was 5 or six steps closer to my month end ‘goal’ and to honest it was a huge boost to my motivation, morale as well as a great relief!
Yea… I like it… definitely has more clout. Seems to ‘stick’ for me anyway.
From now on I think I’ll keep more of a handle on my intentions rather than gazing across the meadow at my goal at the end of the rainbow… even though I know I’ll get there before too long. (Especially at this rate!).
I guess it’s what works for you because of course we are all different, but putting this slightly different spin on the terminology seems to have added extra fuel to my fire!
What are your thoughts? Do you categorize the power of intention in a slightly different way than goal setting?
I know there are many feelings and explanations on the difference between setting an intention and setting a goal… and peculiarly based on some quick research there are huge variations even though we are talking about a fine line.
I suppose that’s what made me curious to hear if your thoughts and interpretations are similar to mine… and if not, I thought it’d be fun to see the difference of opinion.
Please leave me your take and feel free to tweet, share, dig, stumble… or whatever turns you on!
Then go set your intentions with fury and perform a task or two to bring you closer to your end result!