• Deanne Panday

You want it? Then make it happen! Setting an intention.

Two friends are chatting about their diets. The first one says, “I want to be healthy and feel great.” The second one says, “I intend to be healthy and feel great.”

Which one do you think is going to get healthy and feel great? Yep—the one who intends it.

Wanting is simply wishing you can have or do a particular thing. Intending means you’re committed to achieving something by making a plan for success—and sticking to it!

For the intend to earn wings you will further need –

The Fuel for Desired Results

The key to intention is action – try this to build your intention muscle:

  • Get clear on what you want. Create a vision board by gathering images and words that pertain to your goal, and gluing them onto a large piece of construction paper. Hang the collage in a spot where you’ll see it often. (Or, you can use an online service like Pinterest to create a digital vision board.)

  • Do something to make your desire happen. Let’s say you want to eat four servings of vegetables a day. Your first action may be to go to a farmers’ market and purchase a few veggies you can cook for dinner.

  • Celebrate your achievement! Don’t forget to congratulate yourself for meeting your goal.

This shouldn’t be momentary but your chore and that’s why you need to …...

Have a Great Day… Every Day!

I have accustomed myself to set an intention to have a great day and so can you!

Intention is a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought.

Rather than diving into your morning and hoping you’ll achieve your day’s big goal, why not take a moment and set yourself up for success?

Try this “Setting an Intention to Succeed” exercise throughout your day as desired. It is a vital slice of my daily routine and is used by the sharks of almost every vocation:

  • Upon waking, lie in bed and think about what you have planned for your day (or, find a quiet spot to sit and contemplate).

  • Think about your desired outcome. Take a deep breath and visualize yourself succeeding.

  • Replay your success several times in your mind.

  • Next, add other senses, including sounds, smells, and touch. For instance, as you replay your success, you now also visualize the boss finally bestowed you with the job,5 kilos less in that dress you got of the net on sale.

  • Lastly, replay the scene again, adding emotions. Feel proud that you could satisfyingly finish the work given to you by your new boss or how much energy you have from your weight loss and eating healthy and how confident you feel in your dress that once didn’t fit you.

Finally I would sign off with a red flag, that the only limit is You and it’s you who needs to stop wanting or wishing but rather make it happen for yourself. That’s where the change materializes into a healthy lifestyle.


A health and fitness expert, writer and author of two books I’m not Stressed (Secrets for a Calm Mind and a Healthy Body), and Shut up and Train. Helping woman ‘unleash their awesome’ with an empowering approach to health and fitness. My philosophy revolves around salutary living without cutting back on your cravings yet achieving the amazing body one never knew they had.

My main goal is to help YOU achieve your health and fitness goals the sane and simple way so you can maintain those results long term, while becoming the best, most awesome version of yourself.

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