It’s been widely asserted that the way we age depends primarily on the personal decisions we make when it comes to our health and wellness. The actions we take throughout our lives give us some measure of control over the way we grow older. So, if you’re a younger person reading this story, you may wish to take note!

However, since we’re writing for retirees in most cases, this news may be a little late in the game—but there’s still time to get over the fear of growing old by looking at the process from another perspective. Or if you will, in a different light – in the light of good intentions.

Good Intentions

Having good intentions when it comes to your lifestyle is paramount. If you intend to make your life fulfilling in every way possible, then you’ll probably find that there isn’t a need to fear ageing or getting old because you’ll be living a fulfilling life. How old you are won’t matter whatever stage you’re at!

What is Meant by Intention?

Intention basically means having an aim, a purpose, or attitude you commit to one hundred percent. To set an intention is to act to make it happen.

Having set intentions forces you to ask yourself what it is you really want from life? Health, happiness, love, comfort, security, peace of mind, to name just a few things are what most of us think of. It’s up to you to make these wishes come true as best you can.

Plant the Idea Early

Think of your own good intentions as seeds you sow and nurture, just as you would any other living thing. Be clear as to your intent. Coupled with mindfulness and awareness, it can be the most powerful mental creative force you possess.

For your intent to be realized, you must support it with action. The energy and focus you commit towards manifesting your intention, combined with perseverance, will determine your future results. Align your intentions with an authentic desire and empower yourself to create your best life.

Tips for Setting Intentions:

  1. Be positive. Embracing positive thoughts and actions means it’ll be easier for you to focus on what you DO desire rather than what you DON’T desire. It’s really that easy. Ditch the negativity and opt for positive expressions.
  2. Create a quiet mind. If you want to plant your seeds of intention then cultivating a quiet and peaceful mind is the place to start. You can achieve this through meditation, prayer or by nurturing your feelings of gratitude or reflecting on something as simple as the natural beauty that surrounds you.
  3. Encourage mental flexibility. Allow your intentions to evolve. They will change as you grow and become clearer and more refined as you start to better understand what you truly want. Think about what your life will look like when your intentions are achieved. Revisit them often and recognise that they can change and you don’t have to be wedded to them. Cut yourself some slack!
  4. Monitor your progress. Keep track of the actions you take on a daily basis once you’ve established a particular intention. For example, if you intend to improve your financial outlook, track every dollar you spend for a month; create and stick to a budget. See how you fared after 30 days. Or let’s say you want to improve your relationship with your partner, family or a friend. Find something to be grateful about, as the case may be, and let them know every day how you feel – hone your communication skills.
  5. Align your actions with your intentions. The classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads declares:

You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.

On That Final Note…

Here’s our take on using the power of intention to reach your goals: set your intentions, be clear as to what they are and take the appropriate action to make them happen. Use your own power of intention to make your life more satisfying, meaningful and enjoyable. Become the master of your mind and you’ll empower yourself to live a better, more satisfying and happy life – with potentially, no regrets!

And the ageing process won’t phase you one bit!