How do you set your life intentions? Once upon a time I made lists with my goals, plans and intentions for each year. Each list item included a check box and a very specific idea of how they should come to fruition.
It was a very controlled system. I was good at making things happen. But here's the catch. Even when I carried out the plans perfectly and accomplished the goal, I didn't always feel satisfied. In fact, it was actually the plans that didn't go smoothly and the goals requiring outside help in achieving that gave me the greatest sense of fulfillment. How baffling for a Gantt chart loving control freak like me.
So I changed a few things and started opening myself up to things like mindfulness, synchronicity, and intuition to get me where I needed to be. I use vision boards now and I'm not afraid to change them every few months. I still make To Do lists and take action, but things aren't as rigid as they used to be. There is room for error. Unchecked boxes are no longer failures, but signs pointing me in new directions. I'm learning that it's about the journey, not the destination. It is much more satisfying.