I’ve put my intentions into the Universe and set them free. I am no longer attached to the way the world works because I know everything is happening for me.
I’ve made risky decisions, tried things and failed at them, and continue to try, learn, and grow daily. I am always learning about myself and the world around me. I set positive intentions for myself. I am not prefect nor do I try to be, but I have unshakable faith that amazing things are right around the corner.
I haven’t always felt this way, and I am sure a year from now I’ll look back on myself today and say, that girl had so much to learn. But regardless, I am happy to say that I’ve grown more in the last year than I ever have. Why? Because I have been intentional.
Here are 5 practices I’ve started in the last year that have changed my world for the better.
This is something I’ve really picked up in the last year. I’ve tried meditating in the past and thought it wasn’t for me. The truth is I probably wasn’t ready to sit down and be alone with my own mind. Since I’ve started meditation I have been more aware and present than ever. It’s not about turning everything off if you can’t, it’s about slowing down. W are constantly pushing forward in life, especially in the business world, but how often do we just be?
Using my Intuition
It was tricky at first to determine what my gut was saying vs. my brain. But that first impulse you get when faced with a decision, challenge or situation is usually your intuition guiding you. At first I played the “wait and see” game, where I did what I thought my intuition was telling me and waited to see how things turned out. My intuition has grown since then, and I’ve learned how to communicate with it – like a muscle, that can and will shout at me when necessary. Listening to your intuition takes practice – and much patience.
Making quick decisions
If you know me at all you know I used to take forever to decide on trivial things like what food I wanted to eat at a restaurant. I’ve started making quick decisions, my intuition has helped with this one. But even when there are no signs or gut feelings, I’ve started making decisions quickly. I’ve made the wrong decisions, in fact I’ve knowingly made the wrong decisions, but at least I made decisions, right?
AKA taking deep breaths constantly throughout the day and not letting things that already happened upset me anymore. You would be amazed at how much time you can spend dwelling and imagining if situations played out differently. At the end of the day you can’t change the past, they are important lessons learned but they are over now. The future is also wonderful to think about but it is very easy to get caught up in the future if you’re not careful, and you could miss the more important things – what is happening right now.
Loving myself and those around me
Having patience with myself and others, thinking about the situation and understanding why I am the way I am, and where other people are coming from. Learning a little bit about human psychology, learning even more about myself and actively listening and learning from others. It’s an ongoing practice that you may never perfect, but it has given me so much perspective and patience in my life.