Intentions are how we commit to showing up to training, to game day, to the team, to yourself and to your supporters
Goals focus on a fixed outcome in the future, while intentions focus on the present and provide the guide to living mindfully moment-to-moment. Goals are an effort to achieve a set of results in the future, which we accomplish or fail to reach based upon the objectives and actions that we take along the way. Intentions, on the other hand help point us with more clarity toward our heartfelt aspirations and values.
Positive Intention says, “I am healthy, fit and comfortable in my body.” Supporting goal says, “I go to the gym three times a week and have cut sugar out of my diet.”
Intention is how we commit to showing up. How we choose to be, regardless of external forces. It’s the tone or the quality we choose to embody. It’s about how we approach our life.
So, how do you want to show up? Creating positive intentions is a critical mindset tool in sport, and life. They need to be positive because our mind is a funny, and powerful tool. If for example I create a negative intention like, “I don’t want to be lazy”, my mind only picks up on the “I want to be lazy” part and this is not helpful. Positive intentions are positive statements of how I want to be, regardless of others, circumstances, setbacks or results.
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” —Mary Anne Radmacher
So, how do you want to show up? What are the POSITIVE INTENTIONS you want to live by, and be known by, as a coach, a player or a leader?