Community//

What’s the difference between setting intentions and goals?

We all like to set intentions and goals for our lives and our businesses or careers. But what's the difference between intentions and goals? And let’s actually create some intentions and goals that we’re going to keep!

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.
setting goals and intentions

So what is the difference between setting intentions and goals? In fact, I’m going to take you through a 3 step process. We’re going to set an intention, then a goal, then an action – and by the end you’ll be clear about the differences between them.

So my first questions to you is; what do you want in 2021? How do you want to feel and what do you want to achieve in 2021?

Let’s set some intentions!

Ok, so intentions are really those overriding things that we want in our lives. Those wants and feelings.

We can set an intention for how to want to feel for the next hour, day, week, month, the next 90 days, or for the year. Let’s think about those intentions we want for the coming year.

You could have an intention for:

Better health

To earn more money in my business

To be a calmer mother

To feel vibrant / joyful / excited

To feel more connected to other entrepreneurs

To buy a new car

Now these intentions while great, don’t really go any further. What does it really mean to have better health, or earn more money? And that’s where setting goals come in.

Setting Goals

Goals are the results you’re looking for. They are measurable. You’re going to now when you’ve reached them. You want to make that intention more specific. So you’re really clear about what you’re going for.

So your intentions might turn into the following:

I want better health – to lose 1 stone within 6 months

I want to earn more money in my business – to earn £5k a month by June

I will be a calmer mother – to not shout at all

To feel vibrant / joyful / excited – to wake up refreshed 6 out of 7 days

To feel more connected to other entrepreneurs – to connect with 2 new business owners a month

To buy a new car – by July 2021

Perfect. Now those intentions, have measurable goals next to them. The goals give us a clear aim. But how? And that’s where the actions come in.

Creating actions

I want better health – to lose 1 stone – to go for a 30 minute run at 1 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

I want to earn more money in my business – to earn £5k a month – to grow my visibility on social media by posting at 1 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

I will be a calmer mother – to not shout – to get 30 minutes to myself each morning at 7 am before everyone wakes up to drink a cup of tea and write in my morning pages

To feel vibrant / joyful / excited – to wake up refreshed – to create a bedtime ritual, tv off at 10 pm, mobile left downstairs, shower before bed, then 30 minutes of reading, lights off at 11 pm

To feel more connected to entrepreneurs – to connect with 2 new business owners a month – to attend x monthly networking events, and check newsfeed in the group for 5 minutes each morning

To buy a new car – by July 2021 – to set up an automatic savings account of £500 a month

And can you see the actions are super specific. Map out what days, what times. The more specific you get the better!

So now we have a plan of action to meet those goals, that help us with our initial intentions! We’re cooking with gas!

Making progress

One of the cornerstones of habit creation is to focus on the first part of the task. So for example, if you want to run, make putting on your running shoes the action. Once you’ve got your running shoes on you’re obviously going for a run.

I’m also a big fan of 90-day planning. What can you achieve in the next 90 days? Break down the task, so you have a set of small actions that will help you complete your goals. Map them out, post its help! And then assign your tasks within your 90 days. Make time to get them done AND Pop them in your diary.

And there we go – literally a blueprint to getting stuff done!

Pow! Want to learn how to work smarter in your business?

Photo by Estée Janssens on Unsplash

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    Community//

    The Six Secrets of Success

    by Clare Percival
    Community//

    How New Year’s Intentions Can Help You Beat Burnout

    by Whitney Gordon-Mead, MSc
    Community//

    Is it an Intention or a Commitment?

    by Carolyn Mahboubi
    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.