If you have dreams and goals but have trouble writing them down because you have no idea where to begin, do not fret. All you have to do is get your pen and paper. Then just start somewhere. Anywhere. Here’s why writing your intentions is crucial and how you can do it:
1) Be a player instead of a spectator
If you don’t discover your purpose, you will always float through life. Thinking about what you want is not enough. Dreaming will not bring you closer to what you want either. You have to put your goals down in black and white if you want to make a difference.
2) Only focus on what you want
It may seem overwhelming to start a list, but don’t let it get to you. Just remind yourself that you don’t need to get it right the first time. In fact, give yourself permission to go crazy as long as your intentions are positive. Play around with your list until it feels just right. For example, if you want to have a healthy relationship or live abroad, write it down.
3) Pretend as if you already have what you want
Write as if it’s happening now. Instead of saying ‘I will,’ replace it with ‘I am’. Using future tense will only make your goals seem distant. When you act as if you already have what you want, it will be a lot easier for you to actually get it.
4) Focus on how you feel
Keep listing down your intentions until you find one that makes you feel alive and resonates with your soul. Don’t worry if it scares you. Don’t be afraid if it involves risks. At the end of the day, what matters is staying true to yourself.
5) Avoid words that don’t commit to your success
Be sure not to use words like ‘try,’ ‘but,’ ‘could,’ ‘might,’ or ‘perhaps.’ It will not help you accomplish your end goal. When you use these words, you are already accepting defeat or preparing yourself for failure.
6) Make your intentions believable
You may feel like your goals seem unrealistic or out of reach. Don’t worry too much about it. You can always alter a few words to make it appear more credible to you. For example, it could be something as simple as, ‘I am open to travelling full-time.’
7) Stop criticizing yourself
Always have confidence in yourself. Don’t second guess your own capabilities or your worth. Never think you don’t have the skills or talent to achieve something. Instead, tell yourself that you have what it takes to get what you want and believe that hard work would pay off.
Danila was a magazine writer focused on lifestyle topics and a communications specialist in the telecommunications industry where her work was published or broadcast via several offline and online media channels before shifting to freelance writing. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, taking photos, and reading.