Setting Goals vs. Intentions - What's the Difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between goals and intentions? Goals and intentions are often used interchangeably - but they are two distinct, albeit similar concepts.

Goals are measurable, achievable actions set within a specific timeline. Intentions, on the other hand, are expansive, guiding principles for how you want to be, live, and show up in the world. An intention is a path you aim to align to. Living with intention means asking “Why?” more and “How?” less.

For example, if you wish to build a better relationship with your partner, you might set goals such as:

1. Date night every Friday
2. Pause before reacting
3. No phones at the dinner table

These are wonderful goals, but let's dig a bit deeper at the underlying intention, which is: Love. Connection. To be seen and heard.

Intentions are our North Star and can really bring a sense of purpose to what might otherwise feel like another to-do list with boxes to tick off. “I want to lose weight” is just the tip of the iceberg for wanting to feel confident
and comfortable in one’s skin - it’s a desire to feel enough. Underneath “I need to make more money” is the desire to live with more freedom, security, and not to feel stuck in a cycle of restriction and scarcity. Try to think about the New Year's resolutions you make year after year - if you dig a little deeper, you may be able to find the underlying intention. Chances are, you'll be able to reach those goals more easily once you crystallize the purpose behind them.

Crystal Healing and Intentions

Crystals behave like magnets, and so intentions are the driving force behind crystal healing. Our thoughts create vibrations throughout the universe, which makes setting intentions a powerful tool for achieving happiness and well-being. When setting your intentions with a crystal, keep in mind that intentions are ongoing statements.

So instead of saying, “I want to attract a million pesos into my bank account” which has a state of completion, you can say “I ask for financial opportunities to flow into my life along with the courage to seize these opportunities."

Or simply ask yourself: "What is my "why"?


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