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Affirmations vs Intentions

Older Black woman sitting on porch meditating.

I don’t know who needs to hear this but…

 

Everyone — and I mean everyone! — struggles with their motivation and mindset sometimes.

 

But that doesn’t mean you give up.

 

Instead, you have to get tactical.

 

So, today I want to share a couple of simple tools you can use to keep yourself on track when you’re not feeling it.

 

They’re affirmations and intentions — and they might be different than you think!

 

Sometimes they get lumped in the “woo-woo” category but they’re actually backed by studies.

 

☑️ Affirmations boost brain activity, help you stick with healthy habits, improve self-control, and even help you feel happier and more fulfilled.

 

☑️ Intentions can help motivate you to follow through on your specific goals.

 

Together, they help you build momentum.

 

But what’s the difference? Here’s one way to think of them:

 

☔️ Affirmations are like an umbrella, protecting you from negativity and distractions by keeping them from you.☂️ Intentions are all about the things you do UNDER the umbrella to make your goals a reality!

 

Affirmations vs. Intentions

 

Affirmations are:

●      focused on changing beliefs and attitudes

●      aspirational, helping you change or create a positive thought pattern

●      usually have a longer-term focus

 

Here are a few examples of healthy affirmations:

●      I am strong, healthy, and full of energy

●      My body is resilient, capable, and strong

●      I respect my body with nourishing food and regular exercise

 

Intentions are:

●      focused on guiding your actions or behaviors

●      practical, focusing on how you want to live, act, or what you want to achieve

●      usually focused on your day or a specific task

 

Here are some examples of intentions: 

●      I’m going to give it 100% during my workout today

●      My food choices today will support my health and fitness goals

●      Today I will listen to my body and rest when needed

 

When was the last time you set an intention for the day? It’s not too late to create one today! 😉

 



 

P.S. You know what also helps with motivation? Having a coach to lean on when you get stuck — especially if you’re stuck in a pattern of starting, stopping, and beating yourself up for it. Sometimes just having someone there to nudge you when you need it — or let you know you’re NOT crazy for needing a break can be the difference between giving up and staying on track.

 

Grab a spot on my calendar here if you’re ready to explore that kind of support!




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