#PositivePractice: Setting Your Daily Intention

Earlier this week, I was perusing my blog and noticed that my lifestyle category has been more than scarce this year. I then remembered back to setting my 2018 goals for the blog, one of which being to put an effort into creating more lifestyle-focused content.

So much of what you see between Instagram and the blog is often surface level, and so when I asked you guys last December if you'd be interested in exploring some more personal topics on the blog, an overwhelming amount of you said yes.

I guess for a while I felt like I didn't really know where to start; what would be of interest to you versus me just rambling, and then I had this idea...#PositivePractice.

We all have habits in our lives that we try and consistently implement in order to become better versions of ourselves, and so why not talk about them? I want to start this series not only to give my lifestyle content a little bit of love, but to hopefully inspire you to implement positive practices of your own.

So here's my thought...each month, we'll chat about something new. I'll share my thoughts, my game plan, why I'm implementing a new practice and the next month, I'll give you a run-down of how the previous month went. Sound good?

Setting Your Daily Intention

As someone who's suffered from anxiety for most of my adult life (read my story in this post), I have learned that intention is everything. I've always been an overthinker, and am quick to let my thoughts, whether positive or negative, takeover and affect how I'm feeling physically. Do you ever feel like that or is it just me?!

About a year ago, I overheard someone say that they were working on setting an intention each day, and I was like...um, what? Of course, I was curious and 2 hours later I had read more articles than I could count about setting intentions; what they meant, how to do it and follow through, etc.

To be honest, it sounded stupid at first. Like, is telling myself I'm going to have a productive day really going to make me have a productive day? And then I actually gave it a try, and it actually worked. 

WHAT SETTING YOUR INTENTION MEANS

In some ways, setting your intention is similar to manifesting. What I personally understand it to be, is stating your conscious desire to achieve some sort of goal. The idea behind intention is that it acts as a seed which you aim to create, and when you set this goal in your mind, you are both consciously and subconsciously fulfilling it.

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daily intention

MY PERSONAL PROCESS

I'm not yoda and I do not do this every morning. If you do, all the more power to ya. BUT on the mornings where things are a little quieter, and I have a few moments to myself, I'll set an intention for the day.

Sometimes this simply sounds like: It's going to be a productive day, and others it sounds like: I'm going to do x and x, today. All within reasonable reach, of course.

I set my intention in my head, give myself a moment to process, and start my day. This whole routine takes 90 seconds tops.

Really, at the end of the day, the goal of setting a daily intention for me is to implement a more positive tone for my day; and let me tell you, when I really put an effort into doing this, it works.

TIPS TO HELP SET YOUR OWN

1. Find a quiet place, and take a minute. We (myself included) get so caught up in the noise and the hustle and bustle of life. Like I mentioned, this takes a minute - take that time to really focus and follow through.

2. Stay open to the possibility, but not attached to the outcome (still practicing this daily, by the way). The less you worry about your intention fulfilling itself, the more likely it will fulfill itself.

3. Aim to make setting your daily intention a part of your routine that turns into a habit, so it feels less like a chore.

SO...I want to know your thoughts! Have you ever done this before? Are you curious to try? I'm going to make it a point to implement this #positivepractice as many days this months as possible, and will report back next month.

What other practices are you currently implementing? Would love to hear your ideas for this lifestyle series and open up the discussion.


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  1. October 10, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    This is such a great practice and way to start your day. I definitely need to get better about setting myself up for the day in the best way possible so I can actually achieve what I am hoping to accomplish.

    xo, Laura

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      It really does make a difference! Thanks for stopping by Laura. xo

  2. October 9, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    This was just the post I needed to read today! I struggle with having so much to do that I get overwhelmed and then hardly accomplish anything because I can’t decide where to start. I’ll definitely start trying setting an attention to see if that can help set my daily agenda!

    xo, Sara

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      That makes me so happy to hear Sara. I’ve totally been there too and this practice has helped focus my thoughts in a more positive direction 🙂

  3. October 8, 2018 / 10:40 am

    Being intentional can be so hard but so essential to lower our stress. This is a great reminder for me too

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      It’s definitely something I constantly need to work at also Lindsay!

  4. October 7, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    I need to get better at being intentional. That was actually my word for 2018 but I haven’t been as good at it as I want. This week I am trying to be more intentional in time by waking up earlier and getting 8 hours of sleep a night.

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 2:52 pm

      Always goes that way doesn’t it? Never too late to start! All in for 8 hours of sleep a night!!!

  5. Kristina
    October 3, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    I totally agree with this- there are days where the time just gets away from me and it’s wasted but if I wake up early and set out a plan for the day and tell myself to be productive, it usually happens!

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 2:51 pm

      So true Kristina! The days when I DO, I see all the difference.

  6. Stephanie
    October 2, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    This is such an excellent idea to start your day! I definitely need to be more intentional and set more goals for myself each day!

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 2:50 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! Definitely worth giving a try!

  7. October 2, 2018 / 3:09 am

    I love this babe!! I feel like it’s such a small thing that can make a big difference! Also, Love the outfit! This sweater is so cute.

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 2:49 pm

      It totally is one of those little changes that has the potential to have such a big, positive impact!

  8. October 1, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    This is the most amazing idea! I love the idea of setting an intention for each day and putting it into action.

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 2:48 pm

      Like I mentioned, it sounded so silly to me at first, but it’s something that I’ve really seen a positive result from! Definitely give it a try 🙂

  9. October 1, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Great post! I do believe that mind set is everything. That’s what we need to control in order to succeed in every aspect.

    XO
    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  10. October 1, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    I really needed this. Thank you! your content is always so wholesome

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 2:47 pm

      You’re so welcome Chi! <3

  11. October 1, 2018 / 11:27 am

    I suffer from anxiety as well, I need to work on doing this! Setting goals for myself is something I have done for a long time – however I need to focus on positive vibes too! Great post, happy Oct!

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      The positivity is the most important part, in my opinion! 🙂

  12. October 1, 2018 / 11:27 am

    This is such a good idea, I’ve never tried it. I will give it a whirl!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      You definitely should give it a try Cathy!

  13. October 1, 2018 / 10:47 am

    I really loved when you said stay open to possibility and not attached to outcomes. I really need to fix this about myself. I expected certain outcomes and when it doesn’t go that way, it completely throws me off. Thanks for sharing Danielle!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 2:45 pm

      YES! I heard that quote somewhere years ago and it has always, always stuck with me. Always remind myself of it <3

  14. October 1, 2018 / 10:25 am

    I have daily intentions as well, and even though ( like you) I questioned it, I now set my intentions daily, weekly and monthly. When I first started I set too many intentions but I learned to set less than 5 daily.

    • Danielle
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      Yes! I think less is totally key – helps you focus on what’s really important.

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