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The Power of Setting Intentions

Dream it. Write it. Believe it. Achieve it.

Someone very wise once told me that writing down your dreams makes it you’re more likely to achieve them. This phenomenon has been repeated over and over again — call it what you will, whether it’s the law of attraction, the power of positive thinking, the power of setting intentions, or merely smart goal-setting.

Need stats? You’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down on a regular basis, according to psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews.

Not only does writing down your goals fill you with purpose and passion, but there is also a neurological basis behind this. We have two hemispheres in our brain: right and left. Our right hemisphere is the more creative side; when we think about our goals or dreams, that is the side we’re using.

But when we write down our goals or dreams, we also activate the left hemisphere, which is the logical side. This is important because the corpus callosum, a bundle of neural fibers that lie in between the two hemispheres, gets activated when both hemispheres make contact. It, in turn, sends electric signals that go down your spinal cord and to the rest of your body… making you, essentially, able to live out your dreams.

Cool, huh?

So, ready to set your intentions? This doesn’t need to be every day, just on a regular basis. It depends on you the frequency, time, and location.

Here’s what I do to set my intentions:

Every Monday morning, right when I wake up, I chug a liter of warm turmeric/cayenne/lemon water while going about my morning skincare routine. This routine helps set the stage for the day.

I make a bulletproof matcha (check out this bulletproof coffee recipe I have and use hot water and matcha powder instead of coffee) and sip that while looking over my intentions from last week, reflecting on them, and setting intentions for the next week.

These range anywhere from short-term to-do’s to long-term goals. I have my long-term goals with a specific timeline posted on the wall in my bedroom so I can look at it every day.

Sometimes, it’s also positive affirmations, like “you’re going to have a great day at work!” If you’re ever nervous or anxious about any situation, I’ve found that this helps a lot.

Not only does this allow me to see what I’ve accomplished, but it also helps me be positive and find the little things to be proud of. I start off Monday with purpose — I’m focused.

Finally, I use my Apple watch to set a “breathe” timer for a minute, and just like when you set your intention during yoga (that’s what we do at the beginning of every class at CorePower Yoga), I close my eyes, think about a mantra or a single intention, envision it, breathe for the full minute, and then go about my day.

Ready? How can you build your own routine? 

Dream it. Write it. Believe it. Achieve it.

Nancy Chen

Nancy Chen

Paleo-ish blogger and trainer at Title Boxing Club Boston. Nancy's passion is helping people lead a happier lifestyle through transforming their health, fitness, and mindset in a realistic manner. Yoga enthusiast, finisher in the 2016 BAA Half Marathon, Tough Mudder and Spartan Race runner, and former competitive swimmer. You can usually find her with a smoothie bowl in one hand and some form of avocado in the other.

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