“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe its about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you so that you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” – Paula Coelho
We often find ourselves stuck in a place where we don’t know what we want out of life. We might feel uncertain or disconnected from our true desires. Learning how to set intentions and discovering our desires is an important part of understanding ourselves and what we want out of life. In this article, we will take a look at how to work out what we want and the importance of intention setting. We will discuss assessing our current situation, how to set intentions, brainstorming desires, taking the first step, finding support, and staying motivated. By the end of this article, you will have the skills and know-how to discover your desires and move forward with your goals.
01 Assessing Your Current Situation
When it comes to discovering your desires and setting intentions, one of the best places to start is by assessing your current situation. This step is all about taking inventory of your life and getting clear on where you are, what you like and dislike, and discovering any passions that may have been dormant for some time.
The first step is to take a look at the big picture. Ask yourself questions like: What kind of job do I have? Am I in a healthy relationship? How do I feel about my physical health? Taking a step back and looking at your life from an outsider’s perspective can help you pinpoint any areas that may need attention.
Once you have a good understanding of your current life, it’s time to take a closer look at your likes and dislikes. Ask yourself: What brings me joy? What things do I enjoy doing? What do I feel passionate about? What do I want to be better at? Taking the time to answer these questions can be incredibly enlightening.
In addition, try to remember any passions that you may have had in the past. What activities or hobbies made you feel most alive? What made you feel happy, inspired, and excited? By reconnecting with these passions, you can better understand your current desires.
Finally, take stock of any past or current challenges that you are facing. What are the struggles that have been holding you back? What fears have been preventing you from achieving your goals? Make a list of these challenges, and then come up with strategies for overcoming them.
Assessing your current situation can be an eye-opening experience. It can help you gain clarity on your current desires and passions, as well as reveal any challenges that may be preventing you from reaching your goals. By taking the time to do this, you create a solid foundation for intention setting and discovering your desires.
02 Intention Setting
Setting intentions is a powerful practice that helps you stay focused and motivated. To set your intentions, it’s important to first identify and understand your core values. Ask yourself questions such as, “What do I really want out of life?” and “What do I need to be fulfilled?”. Then, set short-term and long-term goals. These goals should be achievable and realistic so that you can take actionable steps to reach them. Make sure to break down long-term goals into small, achievable chunks so that you have something to work towards. Once your intentions are set, stay motivated by reminding yourself of your goals and celebrating successes!
Uncovering what you want out of life can be a difficult and overwhelming process. To help you get started, try brainstorming to identify your desires. Start off by exploring the activities and experiences that bring you joy and make you feel alive. Consider exploring interests, hobbies, and passions that you have always wanted to try. Think about what kind of lifestyle you want for yourself and what kind of relationships you want to build.
Identifying your needs in life is equally as important. Think about your physical, mental, and emotional needs and how you can create a life that fulfills them. Consider your standards for success and what kind of accomplishments you would like to achieve. Reflect on your sense of purpose and what you would like to contribute to the world. Brainstorming your desires can help bring clarity and focus to your life.
03 Taking the First Step
It can be daunting to start moving towards your goals when you have no idea what you actually want out of life. The key is to take the first step and build momentum from there. Acknowledge your emotions and feelings, recognize that they are valid and that you can use them to motivate you to move forward.
Start small and take the time to plan out what you want to do. With a clear plan in mind, it will make it easier to push forward, even if the steps are small. Break down your goals into manageable chunks and focus on accomplishing one task at a time. It can be difficult to do this if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Take a break and come back to it when you feel ready.
It is also important to find support while taking the first step. Connecting with like-minded people can be incredibly helpful. They can provide moral support, offer advice, and even act as a mentor. Knowing that you are not alone in this journey and that there are people who have done it before can be extremely reassuring.
It is also important to remember that some goals may take more time than others. Be patient and celebrate the small successes on the way. Reminding yourself of your intentions and why you set them in the first place can help you stay motivated even when the going gets tough.
Finally, it is important to refresh and review your goals regularly. Your intentions may have changed over time and it is important to be aware of that. It is also important to be flexible and to adjust your goals if needed.
Taking the first step is the most important part of setting intentions and discovering your desires. It can be daunting, but with a clear plan and support system, it is possible to make progress. Acknowledge your emotions and feelings, start small, and find support. Be patient and don’t forget to celebrate your successes. Refresh and review your goals regularly and be flexible if needed. With these steps in mind, you can take the first step and start making progress towards your desired goals.
Discovering our desires and setting intentions is a personal journey, but that doesn’t mean you need to go it alone. Connecting with like-minded people can help you stay motivated, gain encouragement, and get feedback and advice. Learning from mentors who have achieved the goals you are striving for can provide valuable insight. It is also important to understand that some goals may take more time than you expect, so finding support can help you stay on the right track.
Finding support can help you stay encouraged, even when it feels like you are not making progress. There are plenty of support systems available, from joining online communities, to attending workshops or seminars, to connecting with a mentor. No matter what route you choose, having support can help you stay motivated and ultimately succeed in achieving your intentions.
04 Staying Motivated
No matter the goal, it is important to stay motivated and inspired to reach it. A great way to do this is to remind yourself of your intentions regularly. Reflection is powerful, and it can help you stay focused on what you are striving for. Another key way to stay motivated is to celebrate your successes along the way. This could be as small as completing a task or as big as reaching a major milestone. Reflection and celebration will also help keep you energized and continue to move forward.
Finally, it is important to review and refresh your goals periodically. It is normal for your desires to change over time, so make sure your goals are still relevant to what you want. Take some time to assess your progress and your current needs to make sure you are still on the right path.
Setting intentions is an important part of discovering your desires and living a fulfilling life. By taking inventory of your current life, setting core values, and exploring what brings you joy, you can begin to set intentions and goals to work towards.
Start small and build momentum. Don’t forget to take breaks to recharge and connect with like-minded people for support. Remember to also stay motivated by reminding yourself of your intentions and celebrating small successes as you progress. With patience and determination, you can discover what you truly want out of life and bring your desires to fruition.
Jessica is a designer, intuitive & the creator and author of the Soul Spark Journal. Her writings aim to uplift and inspire – encouraging us to connect with our hearts and design our desires for a life that’s true to us.