Why it’s good to think about intentions and not just goals

At the Lucky Things Meet Up in January 2017, we heard one of the UK’s leading mindfulness experts Dr. Tamara Russell chat about everyday tips on looking after ourselves. Tamara also talked to us about the value of setting intentions. When Tamara and I first planned our talk together, hearing her views on why intentions were helpful made sense. It completely changed my own outlook on setting goals.

Here are some highlights from the talk and why Tamara encourages us to focus on our intentions rather than goals. I’ve also shared how I’ve started to use intentions more. As a intro, here’s what Tamara’s has to say about intentions in her book Mindfulness in Motion (Watkins, 2015). Continue reading

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Why it’s important to celebrate your achievements

We can give ourselves a hard time can’t we? It’s also the goal-setting time of year. We may want things to be bigger and better than before. We may even be putting pressure on ourselves to pursue goals that aren’t right for us or our values. We may feel we need to set goals to be successful (definitely not always the case). Goal setting is good for us if it’s realistic, we stay true to what’s important to us and what works with our lifestyle and other commitments.  Before you start rushing into planning goals, take some time to reflect on things you’ve achieved on the personal and professional side. So here’s seven reasons why it’s important to celebrate your achievements or what I call WOW moments…

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Top tips for setting goals 

So it’s that time of year when we start thinking about things we want to do in the new year. Some of us like to think about resolutions, some of us ponder about goals and some like to dream about our wish lists or future achievements. Goals are also about everyday things from things to tick off the to-do list or stuff that needs to get done.

I know the months go by quickly and next thing we know we’re well into 2017. I’ve been thinking a lot about my 2017 goals over the last two months. There are a mix of big and small ones.  This week, I’ve focused more on my goals for next week. So here’s seven top tips for setting goals that work for you…

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