3 Ways To Gain Clarity When Setting Intentions

Since I’ve returned to Milwaukee in November I’ve had a pretty strong gut feeling as to what my next moves were and have already started putting in the work. However, I thought that with the New Year having just arrived it would be the perfect time to revisit my goals. Even though it’s only been a few months they’ve evolved slightly.

On the first I was cozied up in one of my favorite little cafes with a honey latte, my journal and laptop trying to put into words what I wanted out of 2015 and setting intentions for the months ahead. Here are some of the things I was working on that day that I hope you may find helpful in getting clear on what you want.


Visualization is a powerful tool in manifestation. It can help keep you motivated and give you a more accurate picture of what exactly you want. The more specific and clear you are with goals and desires the better. The law of attraction is something I’m a firm believer in. I think it’s totally possible to manifest a life of your own creation that is built on your own terms.

Writing is one of my favorite ways to get creativity flowing and start putting together the mental imagery for what it is I want. I like doing a writing exercise that involves visualizing a typical day or moment in time while you are living the life you’re imagining and journaling it out.

This always helps me to get more familiar with the specifics.The sights, the sounds, how I feel, who I am with etc. It’s important to let your imagination really stretch. You can always add things in or vice versa as things evolve but don’t set the expectations too low just because of where you are at now.

Channeling into this scenery you’ve created will make for a useful visualization tool to use when you’re bored or need to be reminded about what you’re working towards later on.

How Do You Want To Feel?

This follows along with the like attracts like theory. Manifesting is more of process than setting an intention and waiting for it to happen. Cultivate the feelings you want when you reach your achievement now instead of waiting for it to happen later . Relax and bring the feelings in close, pay attention to certain sensations and where you feel them. Are you content, at ease, full of energy?

Doing things that make you feel these feelings now is also helpful in making them become more familiar. This slowly helps re-wire your brain into feeling that way more often. By practicing creating specific feelings you create stepping-stones to the end result instead of waiting around for an epiphany type moment at a later date.

Action Words

I’ve been inspired by Sian Richardson over at The Vibe to set an action word (or words if more come to mind) to represent my year. This word is meant to be a motivator and a reminder that can be applied to multiple situations in life.

My personal word for the year is Persist.

Last year I started to set the foundation down for the life I wanted to create. I was living abroad, writing more, tapping into other outlets of creativity, and playing around with ideas as to how to expand my freelance writing business. Those are all things I want more of in my life  and now that I have gained a clearer picture of where I want to head and it’s important to remember to persist with action, motivation, and momentum forward.

It’s easy to get discouraged when I don’t see results right away (I’m impatient what can I say?) and those are the times that I need to be reminded. Personally I always have a list of things I want to accomplish that I revisit often so I wrote my word down with that list to serve as a visual reminder.

The point of these intention setting exercises is to get a clearer picture of where you want to be go or things you want to achieve. It’s not always possible to know exactly how to get there but when you start understanding what exactly it is that you want it becomes easier to piece together the puzzle and outline the steps. They can act as a boost of confidence in yourself and goals. There’s no real right or wrong way to do them and you can make them your own as priorities change, dreams evolve, and new goals emerge.

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2 thoughts on “3 Ways To Gain Clarity When Setting Intentions

  1. Great tips. Visualization is something I use frequently when I journal. It’s a fantastic way to keep reminding myself of exactly what I am working towards. Another thing I’ve been using this year is Danielle LaPorte’s “Desire Map” which helps you get to your four “core feelings”. The workbook helps with every skill you mentioned above. Love it.

    • Hi Sky! Sorry for the late response I’ve been having a ridiculous spam problem that I’m still trying to work out. Glad you enjoyed my post 🙂

      I hear so many amazing things about her “Desire Map”. It’s something I’ve been wanting to try out.

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