Find Purpose: Set an Intention for Life

Setting an intention for your days can bring meaning to your existence.

Due to the busy nature of our daily lives, a lot of us are in a semi-survival mode each day — and still feel like we’re struggling to keep up.

When your to-do list is always full and your attention is absorbed by tasks, it can be difficult to live a life with purpose beyond checking items off of the list in an attempt to feel the fleeting success of small accomplishments.

Set an intention for your days to find purpose beyond basic survival.
Live beyond survival mode by setting an intention.

But are you getting the important stuff done? Are you the kind of person you want to be? Setting an intention can guide your decisions in a way that leads to genuine success and a lasting feeling of achievement.

An intention isn’t a goal; it’s a guiding principle of how you want to live your life. It’s broader than a goal, which usually has an end or expectation to meet. Losing 10 pounds would be a goal – it’s tangible, and achievable with a clear path. Living with an appreciation of your body’s ability is a significant step beyond that.

Think of it more like an umbrella idea that continually guides your behavior and actions in order to stay in alignment with the life you want to live. As Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “Our intention becomes our reality.”

Your intention can help you make decisions that add meaning to life.
Navigate through life with purpose.

Improve your reality by authentically evaluating your life and your desires and setting an intention as the guiding light to help you find and meet your purpose.

Choosing an intention

You may have different intentions for different situations — in yoga class, your intention may be to find comfort in uncomfortable poses; at work, it may to meet challenges with non-attachment; in life, it may be to practice mindfulness and an attitude of acceptance.

Brainstorm ideas that could add meaning and purpose to your life.
Spend some time carefully considering what is important to your well-being.

When considering an intention, start with your mind, body, and spirit. Ask yourself the following to generate ideas if nothing automatically resonates with your needs:

  • What’s important to you?
  • What would you like to experience in your daily life?
  • What fears, worries, or insecurities would you like to release?
  • What would make you proud?
  • What’s one word that would describe your best self?
  • What makes you feel grateful?

There’s no right or wrong when it comes to setting an intention; it’s about what you need more of – or less of – in your life. As those needs change or evolve, your intentions may, too.

Living with intention

Make the review of your intention a daily a habit. Start and end your day with a simple, “My intention is _____” declaration. If you have a mindfulness or meditation practice, call your purpose to mind as you start and finish.

Consider your intention during times of stress in order to refocus your thoughts, or when trying to make difficult decisions – let your intention guide your actions and keep you grounded in purpose.

Meditate on your life's purpose.
Incorporate your intention into your morning and evening routine.

We all have a higher calling than getting to work on time, hitting the gym, attending social obligations, finishing the laundry, and putting dinner on the table each night. It’s not that those things aren’t important to a life well-lived, but a meaningful existence involves more than day-to-day survival. Assess what you really desire in life and start moving in that direction by setting an intention and making choices to support it.

At KININ, we live and work with the intention of supporting health and wellness. Whether it’s the information we share through our blog posts, social media, and marketing messages, or the ingredients, safety, and quality of our products, we ask ourselves continuously how we can promote the ideals that we embody and align our actions accordingly. Be well.

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