Make your intentions clear

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

New Year, New You - Have you said this every year but nothing has changed? 


It may be because you needed to be clearer with your intentions.

Setting intentions is VERY different to setting goals. When we set goals we usually make them:

S pecific
M easurable
A ttainable
R ealistic
T imely

Using the SMART principle help you to plan and achieve your goals BUT these are not intentions. 

Intentions help us to become clear about what we desire our life to be.  They are desires that we set in motion to change out life. Change your mind and you change your life. 

Often people tell me that they have tried all this and it never works. They give me the 'been there, done that' attitude. These are self-limiting beliefs and when you have a lot of them you will get NOWHERE.  You will always find a way to keep the status quo. 

The main reason why it doesn't work is that there really never was a belief that it would. You have to believe, you have to feel yourself embody the qualities you are setting as your intentions.  If you want happiness you need to embody happiness even when you are not feeling the happiest.

 It may also be that you were choosing intentions based on fear or anger or trying to run away from a bad situation.  You need to tune in to who you are and what you want instead of what you don't want. 

The first step is to spend some quality alone time with yourself. Take a long walk, sit by a creek or on the beach at sunset, quiet time by yourself.  Work out who you are as a person and what YOUR soul desires not someone else's.

The more frequently you spend time doing this the easier it will become.  When I am working with my patients one of the most difficult questions for them is when I ask 'What do you want your life to be?'

I start with this simple question and we may work on it for weeks, therefore what I am trying to say is that you don't have to have everything figured out just yet, it takes time to work this one out. Often we have spent out lives living out someone else's dreams or dedicating our life to the very important role of raising our children. It is still ok for you to want to make changes to your life.  Role modeling this to those around you will make it so much easier as they can do it too. 

Usually when I am working with someone one on one who is new to this the first things on the list are material objects eg a new car or a stack of cash in the bank.  (nothing wrong with this). I do like to focus on lifestyle qualities eg several holidays a year to spend quality time with the people close to you. 

To start with you can write a list and be specific, try and see how many things you can write down 100, 200, 300.  The first 50 is the hardest. We are trying to reshape your life here so a list of 300 is a reasonable list.  If you seriously want to make some changes this is the place to start.  Make time everyday to read the list and even add to it. Read it morning and night. 


If you are unsure where to start and are ready for a change in life direction then I am here to help

Who am I?

I am a Bachelor qualified Naturopath who specialises in improving metabolic processes in the body. Major areas for improvement include gut, thyroid, kidney, skin and liver health. Conditions such as hypothyroidism, fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, & irritable bowel conditions. I help my patients by giving them symptomatic relief while working on repairing the underlying causes of metabolic stress and waste accumulation. Patients experience amazing results which are seen in their blood tests with improved thyroid markers, cholesterol, and liver markers.  As well as lower blood pressure and see relief from improved gastrointestinal symptoms like the ones that mean you need to know where every single toilet is before you leave the house. 

Melissa Callaghan ND, BHSc, BTeach
Clinical Naturopath


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