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The Power of Intention

Do you know what your intentions are when you set out for your day each morning? Do you know how your day is going to go before you step out your front door?
For the first question, I’d challenge you to sit and think about what you want, what you value, and how you feel about where your intentions lay.
The second question was asked to help us recognize that many of us think or assume we know, but in reality we don’t. So what do you know about your day? What you do know, are your intentions, your perceptions of the past, and how you feel in this moment. Going forward in your day with the assumption its going to be a “hard” or “long” day, becomes your current reality, because you begin to believe it and your perceptions becomes your reality. Weaving DBT into your day helps us realize doing whats effective or doing whats one-mindfully will assist in becoming conscious of where you are, what you are, and why you are. Do so with intention, in and of themselves, our words are but symbols that represent our intentions, so create an inner dialogue that is align with how you want your life to be.

Practice this mindfulness technique:
Become an impartial observer of your own thoughts and words spoken to others, and be keenly aware of what the intention is behind the words you say. If you find yourself saying one thing while thinking or feeling another thing, stop and restate it in an affirming, positive or motivating way.