When more than a couple of things go wrong, do you ever catch yourself saying, “it’s just a bad day?” When that happens, do you notice the entire day just kind of stays sideways?
Often intention-setting practices are done in the evening before bed or first thing in the morning to set up a successful day.
Intention setting can be like a guidepost on your journey. Think of it as those bumpers in bowling. If you move through your days with your intention in mind, you will not stray too far from your path.
How to set an intention: Before bed or first thing when you wake up, take out your journal and write down three things you want to accomplish for the day (next day if you are doing it at night). It’s that simple. When you focus, even for a short time, on what you want your future to look like, you are bringing in the energy to help you get these things done. Intentions don’t have to equal accomplishments either. You can set an intention to sleep peacefully and wake up refreshed. You can set an intention to be more kind and compassionate with yourself and others.
Intentions are so useful to keep us functioning at our highest, most desirable level. There are vision boards and New Year’s Resolutions, all very good for helping guide a successful future.
But what about those challenge-filled days? If the unexpected adds difficulty to your day, it’s easy to get into the reactive mode of thinking, “oh, this is just a bad day.” How do you get back on track when you are faced with uncertainty, or things that didn’t go as planned?
Before throwing your entire day, week, or month under the bus, take a pause. It is never too late, and it is always the right time to reset your energy and bring yourself back into alignment with your goals and values. Every minute is a new minute, every hour is a new hour, and the things that happened earlier in the day that may have been unexpected and not to your liking are already behind you.
Don’t bring those less than desirable challenges forward with you to make the rest of your day heavy! You can start fresh, any time, including NOW!
Here’s a three-step process to reinventing your day right now at this moment.
1 – Stop and take a long slow deep breath.
Think back to your intention for the day, or if you didn’t have one, set a new intention now, starting from wherever your day went sideways.
2 – Feel into the energy of what you want to be happening, what you want to accomplish, and try not to focus on what went awry.
3 – Take your next confident step towards what you actually intended the day to be with an affirmation, “I can do this!”
And if your day goes sideways again, repeat these steps. Good luck and let me know how it goes!