You may not think there is much difference between a goal and an intention, but there is. You should actually Â set goals and also set daily intentions. Let's talk about some of the differences and why you should use them.
Goals are things you want to accomplish by a due date. Most people set short term goals, mid-range goals and long term goals.
Short term goals can be weekly or monthly and some are even set as three to five month goals. Mid-range goals are those you set from six months or a year up to about three years. Long term goals are generally those over five years.
Once you have your goals established, you would then create a plan to reach them. You can break them down into monthly tasks, weekly tasks and daily tasks. Also, reading them often will help you stay focused on reaching them and keep you motivated to keep working on them.
Intentions are more in the here and now. You can set daily intentions every morning when you get up to help set up the day ahead. Unlike goals, intentions are more of how you want the day to go, how you want to feel about it. An intention would be, “Today I will have a great day. I will work steady and be very productive.”
It sounds a lot like an affirmation in the fact that it also prepares your mind for the day ahead and the work ahead. It is, in effect, getting your mindset ready for productivity or being in a good mood or even helping you establish a success mindset.
Setting intentions can also help you work on and overcome a negative mindset. If you're always thinking negative or being negative, setting a daily intention to be more positive can help you get your mind ready for a more positive day. It can also help you become more aware when you are being negative. If you set your intention in the morning, it can possibly give you a little nudge later on when you start to feel aggravated at something.
Intentions can help you achieve your goals by focusing on daily results. If you don't take the time each day to set your intentions for the day, you could be playing with chance. In a sense, daily intentions help you guide the outcome of your own day. This is not a perfect or exact science, but many people claim to have better days if they set intentions. On the days they skip setting intentions, many things tend to go haywire or out of their control.