What Are Your Intentions for the Next Decade?

Definition of INTENTION:

  1. A determination to act in a certain way; Resolve
  2. Importance, significance
  3. What one intends to do or bring about


Happiness does not happen by accident.  Along the way, happy people make a choice to have a positive attitude, or to let go of negative things keeping them down.  At some point in their lives, they lived with the intention of being happy, or positive, or successful. They had a plan for their lives.

As we enter the New Year, and the new decade, think about what you want for the next 10 years of your life. If that’s too much, think about what you want for the next one year, or six months. What do you intent to bring into your life? What do you intend to do with your life, your career, your relationships?

When making plans, it helps to take a few minutes to look back on your past.

What was your life like in the year 2000?

  1. How would you describe your personal life at the beginning of this decade?
  2. What was most important in your life 10 years ago? What were your biggest challenges in 2001?
  3. In 2005, what was your work or school situation?
  4. How did plans or activities from earlier years affect your life in 2005 (positive or negative)?
  5. Which unexpected events in the past 10 years (2000-2010) influenced your career or education (positive or negative)?
  6. What activities or plans did you make in the past 10 years that are affecting your life now?
  7. Ten years ago, did you have a vision of what the year 2011 would be like for you? How is your life today different from that vision? How is it better?
  8. What is your vision for your life and career for the next 10 years? What actions can you take today to nurture that vision?

How did it feel to look back at the last 10 years? Did it remind you of some of your accomplishments? Are you living the life you planned, or did you have to make adjustments along the way?

Looking forward, what in your life do you want to continue to build on? What do you want to stop doing or leave behind?

The New Year is a fresh start. Taking time today to state your intentions for this year or this decade will increase your chances of making those plans a reality.

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