What Are Your Intentions?

Don’t Let Your Goals Become a Wishlist

 The New Year is just hours away.  As a friend commented about 2013 loose ends, its time to clear it up or clear it out.  A lot of us have been working the last few days on our goals and objectives for 2014.

The New Year is a clean slate enabling us to start over and try to get right what we didn’t quite accomplish in the past 12 months.  For some, 2014 goals include a different direction altogether.  Any time is a good time to start anew,  but January seems to be when we give ourselves permission to wipe the slate clean and start over.  Resolutions and goals and objectives are good ideas to help us set a direction.

Here’s a secret:

None of that will matter, if you have not set your intentions.  Setting intentions is the single most important thing you can do for yourself if you truly want to achieve your goals next year.

What’s the difference between a goal and an intention?

Your goal is what you would like to achieve.  An intention is having your mind, attention or will concentrated on something or some end or purpose, according to Merriam Webster.

Another way to consider this is that your New Years resolutions and personal goals are what you would like to experience.  Your intention is your mindset and your plan of action.

Without a plan of action, your goals and resolutions become a well thought out wish list that you are hoping will come to fruition.  A wish list is not a plan and hope is not a strategy.

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Plan Your Work then Work Your Plan

Hope is a desire or expectation for success.  Like its conjoined twin, faith, it needs to be put to work, for it is through your work – your intention, your plan of action – that hope and faith are demonstrated and your goals actualized.

Successful achievement of anything requires intentional effort.  The most important element of that intentional effort is your thinking.

Why?  Because how you think and what you spend the most time thinking about is what will determine what you see as possible and what you see as possible will determine your attitude and action – your ability to set and sustain your intention.

Successful people think differently!

Did you know that there are at least 11 types of thinking that successful people use at any given time?  Did you know that successful people don’t go it alone?

Give me a call.  Let’s talk about how working with me as your personal and confidential coach can help you set your intention to align with your goals.

Increase the value of your most valuable asset.  Begin 2014 by investing in yourself.


Here’s to YOU 3.0!  Happy New Year!

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Coach D.Gray-Young, CPC, ELI-MP

Coach D.Gray-Young, CPC, ELI-MP
Certified Personal & Executive Coach



YOU 3.0 Question of the week: What is your intention for 2014?

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