Intention is a powerful tool. We hear about its use all the time in regards to our everyday and how it, coupled with mindfulness, can help us lead more stress-free and satisfying lives. Its usefulness in this area is undeniable. In fact, there are many studies that show how mindfulness, for instance, contributes to better sleep, better health, and better relationships. Intentionality is known to increase focus and fine tune perspective so that the results you desire come about more easily.
So is there a benefit of these two practices in our entrepreneurial life? As women on a mission to affect the world through our ideas and savvy, can either of these help in this pursuit?
My answer is a resounding, yes! In my own life, I can give you multiple examples of how setting my intentions and being fully present (a key quality of mindfulness) have shifted something vital in an activity or project. Looking back, it’s always easy to see how powerful this shift was in changing the outcome.
So why does it work and how can you get started using these life tools?
Let’s start with intention. When using intention to affect outcomes in your business, it’s not just about setting goals. It’s much deeper than this. When arranging your business direction according to intention, you are choosing activities that do not merely need to be accomplished; these are activities and projects that have an innate connection to your initial reason for beginning your business, i.e. your guiding principle. They propel more than just your business acumen and productivity forward – they elevate the social quotient of your business and make it more meaningful and ultimately have more impact. Leading with intention then colors your choices and every decision from the most minute to the most grandiose in your business, giving you a backdrop upon which to see everything.
Coupling this with mindfulness creates a powerhouse of effectiveness. Knowing that what you are focusing on has deeper meaning and therefore deeper impact on your business direction and then being able to be fully calm, present and engaged on your focal point – that is the power of these two concepts together. Mindfulness creates the mental space that makes room for your intentions, especially when you are working on your business goals. In the practice of mindfulness, you are able to bring your thoughts always back to the present moment and land them firmly there within the task at hand.
ACTION STEP. For your next project (or the one you are currently working on), employ the tools of intentionality and mindfulness. Review your goals and revise them with intention as it’s connected with your bigger mission in life and business. On your next work session, move into a state of awareness of the present (another description of mindfulness) before you begin, feeling how that feels – and try to maintain that for the duration of that session. I think you’ll be very happy with the results!
I’d love to hear this goes for you – let me know in the comments!