Essential Alignment: Why You Must Set Your Intention Every Day

Essential Alignment: Why You Must Set Your Intention Every Day

Today I’m linking up with my friend Andrea at DreAm heART sMart ArT for her blog challenge. The prompt is “alignment.”

There’s this idea out there that things just happen to us randomly. You don’t really have control over your life, and some things just happen for no reason.

Some people call it fate…but I call it a load of crap.

You absolutely have control over your own life and the type of experiences, people, opportunities, and energy you attract.

And the best way to take control of your life is to set your intention for the day.

Your intention is what you want to happen. It’s your intent. It’s how you want to feel and what you want to accomplish.

By mapping out exactly how you want your day to go before it’s even begun will help you attract the energy of those results to you.

Setting your intention brings your thoughts and actions into alignment with your ideal self.

OK, am I getting a little woo-woo for you?

It’s the law of attraction in action. Like attracts like, so by setting a positive intention, such as “I will complete that report by 3:00 and my boss will be very pleased with my work,” you attract the positive outcome to you.

Intend to be the best version of yourself at the beginning of the day, and you will find yourself aligning with that paradigm during your day.

It’s the difference between saying, “I hope I don’t screw up today” or saying “I’m a valuable, productive person, and I am going to check off 5 major tasks from my to-do list today!”

You might have this vision of yourself in your mind, but are you really aligning yourself with that person through your actions?

Setting your intention really works, and it only takes a minute. An intention can be a sentence, a diary entry, a mantra, or whatever length feels right to you.

How to Proactively Set Your Intention

  • As soon as you get to work, write your intention at the top of your to-do list.
  • Write your intention on a Post-It and carry it with you throughout the day.
  • Get out your aspiration journal and write your intention as if your day has already happened and everything went perfectly.
  • If you work at a computer, update your desktop wallpaper with your intention.
  • Create a reminder on your phone and set the alarm to go off 2 times during the day to remind you of your intention.
  • Write your daily intention on a whiteboard or on your calendar in your office.

Make sure you set your intention in the morning so you have a clear vision for how you want your day to proceed.

“The choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.” Oprah Winfrey. Tweet this!

Want to join the DreAm heART sMart ArT blog challenge? Click here for upcoming dates and prompts.

What’s your intention for today?

9 Comments

  1. Alexandre L'Eveille on May 3, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Great post for a Friday! Good to do all the time. I’m revved up now…making my intention.



  2. dreamheartsmartart on January 30, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Dear sage, how wonderful to have you always on my blogchallenge! I love your post very much. My intention for that day is to listen to my heart and inner wisdom so that I make the step I need today to become the person I am meant to be. Love and wishng to see you on Monday, 4th! Love from the Swiss Alps!



    • Sage Grayson on January 30, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Hi Andrea! Thanks for commenting and sharing your intention. I will see you on the 4th for the next blog challenge! Love from San Francisco. 🙂



  3. Kate L on January 29, 2013 at 5:20 am

    I absolutely believe this! On the days I wake up late and have a bad attitude, i accomplish nothing. If I make a plan and am positive, I’m changing the world!



    • Sage Grayson on January 29, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Hi Kate! Thanks for stopping by. You’re right, waking up with a bad attitude and not DOING anything to change your perspective and make a plan will set you up for a terrible day. Starting the day in a positive frame of mind always seems to make things go smoother. 🙂



  4. xvavaveganx on January 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I agree with you 100% and I love the idea of setting your intention for the day. I think that we can absolutely achieve success if we have a clear idea of what it is we want to achieve for the day. If you don’t know what you want, you can’t achieve it! I did just that today, I made a list of everything I wanted to achieve, and not only did I check everything off of my to-do list, I had time to relax after! It was a great feeling to be productive and still have time to myself 🙂 That’s a success!



    • Sage Grayson on January 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Woo hoo! That’s awesome that you made a list of what you wanted to do first and then you did it! I was worried that today’s post would be a little too “hippie-dippy” for most people. But it works for me. When I take the time to say or write down that everything will work out fine, it usually does.



  5. Molly on January 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    So true! Our minds are such a powerful, wonderful thing that can help or hinder us enormously. I definitely have much better days when I set intentions for the day rather than just schlumping around and hoping for the best. 🙂



    • Sage Grayson on January 28, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Yeah, hoping for the best never seems to work out for me. I have a better track record when I’m proactive. 🙂