It seems to be the same with my intentions. At the beginning of 2011, I made an intention map of things I wanted to "Learn," "See," "Do/Create," "Experience," and "Contribute." I remember really liking the categories and how succinctly I could put so many intentions into such a small space. I was very specific about my intentions in each category. Here are my results:
- Learn -- 5 specifics ... 1 Yes, 4 No
- See -- 8 specifics ... 2 Yes, 6 No
- Do/Create -- 7 specifics ... 2 Yes (if I stretch a bit), 5 No
- Experience -- 9 specifics ... 6 Yes, 3 No ... these "specifics" were more general
- Contribute -- 5 specifics ... 1 sort of 2, 3 No
This doesn't look like a very good track record so I decided to look at the specifics to see which ones would still be on my list for this year and discovered that a whole lot of them apparently just didn't have much energy behind them because they quickly dropped away. What really surprised me was when I made a map of the unexpected gifts of the year and came up with 13 things I couldn't even have contemplated at the beginning of the year.
Some conclusions I have from all of this are:
- Perhaps my intentions were too specific and too time-bound. They were more "bucket list" kinds of things.
- I am not the same person today that I was a year ago and will probably be a different person still a year from now.
- Setting intentions is a worthwhile activity, but I need to stay open to the unexpected gifts that come my way and flexible enough to change directions when I recognize a new path.
So, how do you feel about setting intentions? Do they work for you?