How does setting intentions differ from setting goals?
We love ourselves a good goal setting session. Goal setting has helped us keep ourselves accountable to, for example, launch our crystal brand in 2019, rather than succumb to our inclination to keep tinkering with it forever, and never getting off the ground. Goals are about the end destination, and thus have positive and negative effects - a sense of satisfaction when you reach them, and a feeling of failure when you don’t make them on time.
However, intentions can be more enduring because while goals are more outward facing, intentions can help you focus on the internal. Instead of focusing on the end goal, intentions focus on the journey. We take it moment by moment and day by day. My intentions as part of launching Crystalist include appreciating everything I learn about this process, enjoy the beauty of being surrounded by crystals, and giving myself space to be creative. It is not possible to fail at an intention, because every moment is another opportunity to live by your intentions.
You can use crystals to help you in your intentions practice by associating each crystal with your intention, and placing them where you will see them every day. For example, to give myself space to be creative, I associate that with the malachite in my Superstar Rocks collection, as it was the inspiration of scribes in ancient Egypt. When I see it next to my desk, I both remember that intention and reflect on how I have experienced it that day. Like writing down your intentions in a journal to initiate your practice every day, holding a crystal, quieting your mind, and saying your intention out loud can help you live it throughout your day.