Intentionally happy

Every morning I set an intention and I make a small list of goals. I started doing this some while ago. Never did it before, but I should have, because it’s a very powerful tool.
There are several websites I visit in turn. Intention of the Day and Daily Positive Quotes are my favorites.

how do you reactI also have a box with quotes that are printed on small pieces of paper and I draw a quote at a time to be set as an intention.

Happiness is living on purpose

The main result of setting my intention for the day is that I am feeling very purposeful and that I am more happy then ever.

The kind of intentions I make are set into different categories

Inspirational

  • You have wings to fly
  • There’s always a way, if you are committed.
  • You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Attitude

  • Celebrate your accomplishments
  • Acknowledge yourself
  • Don’t give up

Challenging

  • Procrastination on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part
  • Giving your 100% is more important than gaining or failing
  • You could either be right or happy

on your wayDirection

  • At the end of the day, both optimists and pessimists are always right
  • Focus on what you want – not on what you don’t want
  • Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing

Wisdom

  • Tears will get you sympathy, sweat will get you results
  • Dare to dream
  • Hurrying is not always the fastest way to get somewhere

Write them down

Writing your intention down makes it even stronger. Some say you should handwrite it, but for me it works just as fine to write it on the computer.

I read a great example about the power of writing in a book by Robert Cialdini:

In the old days when salesmen were working door to door to sell encyclopedias or kitchen utensils one of them had a remarkably less number of people who had second thoughts about the buying than the rest. It turned out all the salesmen were writing down the data and letting the client sign while this one salesman let the client fill in all the data and sign.

Sometimes I write my intention in a diary, sometimes I post it online. For example here. And you can read more about it in this article about daily intentions.

Do you set an intention every day?
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