50. What Are Your Intentions?

Each one of us will be someone different at the end of this year and we can influence what we become – healthier, more peaceful, kinder, richer or whatever – or not.   As Abraham Lincoln said, “the best way to predict the future is to create it.”


On this 50th episode of Crina and Kirsten Get to Work, our hosts talk about intention in the workplace.  And if you can wait for Kirsten to tell her story about floating in a sensory deprivation tank, you can hear all about intention and how it helps us in accomplishing goals, actualizing resolutions and just getting done what we want to get done in the way we want to get it done and how we want to feel while we are doing it.  

As we start the New Year, many of us set goals, make resolutions, create vision boards, choose words to define our year and engage in all kinds of other actions and activities to help us create the year we want. 

What is intention?  It’s worth consideration.  Intention is something we want and plan to do – the process we go through until we accomplish what we want to accomplish.  And of course our hosts like to get all intellectual every once in a while (to offset the smack talk), intent originates from the Latin word “intentus” which means an extending, attentive to, and strained.  

Now that we know what intention is – why do we care so much? Each of us will be someone else at the end of 2021 – and who we end up being depends largely on our intentions.  With intention, we are more likely to achieve our goals, create more of what we want, be more present and mindful and have more fun.

How do we bring intention to our lives?  Mindfulness and awareness are good starts, but it is something more than this and requires the energy of effort, extending, moving in the direction of the end result.  Here are some suggestions – and intentions should be positive, otherwise we risk sabotaging ourselves:

  • take intention breaks – stop and set your intention
    • just any moment of the day
    • when you want through a door, what is your intention in the room
    • in the shower as you start your day
  • ritualize your intention setting, i.e. every Sunday, on your walk etc.
  • planning is a form of intention 
  • journaling
  • list making
  • mediation

And two fun reads:

Why setting intentions is the way to achieve your goals | by Coralie SAWRUK | Medium

3 Tips to Create an Intentional Workplace – Fierce (fierceinc.com)