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 set intentions for rapid results

— Dr. Eivor G Johansson | Read time 2 min

I ntentions mean everything when setting your goals. Start by taking a few deep breaths, settle in, and ask yourself, “what do I feel I want to experience”? Think about what you desire to create, perhaps it’s feeling peace, harmony, connection, starting a project, energy, inspiration. Complete the sentence: My intent is…

Intention goes way deeper than goals and boosts your inner strength to unlock a lifelong habit of excellence. The intention is the process you go through until you get to what you concretely achieve.

Setting goals work so well because it’s part of a cognitive process of planning and analyzing. It gives you full control over how you’re going to move from A to B. And your brain loves that. It rewards you with feel-good hormones such as dopamine each time you engage in the process.


If you’ve ever been stuck and found it difficult to be positive, then setting intentions could be a magic shift for you. Because your intentions support goals from the inside.

Setting intentions is the act of stating what you intend to accomplish through your actions. It’s a commitment to what you want the journey to be about as you move on or move up. When you intend your focus is in the moment. Who you are, what you do, why you do it. And it requires presence along the way, checking the inside as you work on the outside.

This is why setting intentions is the way to achieve your goals. Intentions bring a special quality of focus. They act as a powerful reminder of the bigger perspective. And they trigger introspection: result aside, what am I hoping to gain from the process? 

Goals are great to get things done. But I know human nature well enough to tell you that they can be a trap. A trap where you focus so much on the outcome that you ignore the journey, its lessons, and the joy of going through it. That’s why I think setting intentions is the way to achieve your goals.


Let me share with you how I do it. For me a process that follows 4 principles:

  • Always a positive affirmation
  • Always on the back of a wider goal
  • Always at a regular frequency
  • Always part of a small ritual

Each month, due to my holistic view of life is to align and implement whatever I do with body, heart, mind, and soul, and I tend to do that with intentions, too. 

I remind myself about my intentions every day. I review progress on my goals every week. Because you bring the wider perspective of growing through your actions, you get into a self-exploration routine. And you do so each time you analyze your results. How? By giving your inner leader a voice to ask ”is there another way to do this?” each time you feel stuck.

Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any well-being and health programs.


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