I’m a huge fan of goals, always have been. But then 2020 happened. And I learned about the arrival fallacy, which is “the belief that when you arrive at a certain destination, you’ll be happy.” This really resonated with me because of the way I was feeling about many of our goals over the last couple of years as they got disrupted or had to be canceled. The idea of intentions really started to click with me, I love how you can have small daily intentions, but also ones that span months or years. Intention setting is an ongoing practice, and it’s not about the destination but a feeling and guiding principle.
Goals are specific and measurable and they can be accomplished and considered complete. To me, intentions are ongoing, except that it’s more of a loosely-laid plan and there are different ways of executing on these plans. An intention is something you want alignment to in your life. I think of it as a direction, purpose, or attitude. I like intentions because they’re a bit more intangible, and it’s an ongoing practice vs. a one-way journey.
How I set my intentions
- Identify and state the desire. I set my intentions based on how I want to feel. I think it’s important to write things down when
- Keep it simple. Complexity kills everythings. That’s it. It’s hard to know where to start if there is too much going on.
- Revisit your intentions regularly. I find checking in regularly on my intentions helps keep me accountable.
My 2022 intentions
Feel free to use mine or as a basis for your own intentions so that it’s personal to you.