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Setting an Intention for the Season: More Sanity, but Mostly More Grace

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Holiday Sanity

Welcome to The Holiday Sanity Blog Tour, 20 days of tips, tools, techniques, and perspectives from me (and 19 other coaches) with LOVE this holiday season. I’m so excited to be a part of this tour and connect with a group of like-minded coaches that have such a passion for helping others.

Jenn Scalia and I were so excited when we decided to get this tour together and I can’t wait for you to meet all the amazing people we’ve partnered with.

So without further ado, please enjoy my insight into getting through this holiday season with grace, ease, and well-being.

Setting an Intention for the Season: More Sanity, but Mostly More Grace

Because when you move with intention, everything flows. (tweet this) When you move without, our experience falls flat and that’s the last thing you want this holiday season. So, let’s start off with a soulful bang, shall we?

Intention setting often gets confused with goal setting, but here’s the difference…

setting an intention is grounded in the present of how you want to feel and what you want to focus on as you move forward to reaching a goal. It provides an emotional anchor that sets the tone for goal-oriented progress and it also keeps you focused on the present while still holding the vision for the future (i.e. the goal).

Without intention, we can lose ourselves in the moment. We can forget to stay self-aware and remember that all moments are important, not just the moment where we reach our end goal. If we forget to set an intention, we may find it difficult to see the forest through the tress, so to speak. Let me give you an example…

Holiday intention: To be kind.
Holiday goal: Make it through the holiday season without fighting with family.

Ideally, intentions support our end goal and vice versa. Indeed not fighting with family hopefully makes the way for more kind interactions, but more kindness definitely forges the path for more compassionate communication. Not only that, but an intention can extend far wider than a goal. In this example, being kind can be extended to everyone, not just family members.

Setting an intention for kindness, for instance, allows us to practice kindness throughout the holiday season while our goal simply focuses on the times when we are interacting with our family.

Lastly, an intention increases our conscious awareness of being. It is something that we can always come back to in the moment. It can help us create pause before we respond to situations. It can help us choose responses that are in line with our intention. It also challenges us to come back to our heart in times of stress.

Practicing the art of intention is a fantastic way to strengthen your soul, but especially during the Holiday Season when emotions are usually heightened.

In closing, an intention will help you combat stress, stay centered, and help you return to what you hold most dear. (tweet this) They will bring you back to a supportive, soulful place where you can be, speak, and act purposefully. Thus, intentions create more purpose. Purpose creates more meaning. This is how you create more vivid positive emotional experiences any time you wish, (tweet this) but especially this Holiday Season. Who wouldn’t want that?

So, my question to you is, “what is your intention this holiday season?” Share yours in the comments below.

And one last thing… I’ve had so much fun connecting to so many amazing coaches who are passionate about helping others. I’d love for you to have access to the rest of the tour so you don’t miss out on this valuable resource.

Make sure to sign up here for The Holiday Sanity Blog Tour updates if you haven’t already and check out Jenn Scalia’s post tomorrow.

As always, I wish you gratitude, love, and light; especially through the Holidays!

Megan

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