How to Set Intentions for Overcoming Habits

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Yves Nager - A Purposeful Guide to Explore The Passion of Your Being. Yves’s mission in life is to be a purpose-driven guide offering his healing gifts in service to others, helping them reconnect with their deepest passions and true happiness. His vast amount of training and experience allows him to achieve his mission as a soul-guide who facilitates clients returning to their own purpose and gaining a deeper connection to life.

Over the past decade, I’ve read many self-help books, watched many transformational and spiritual movies and videos, and attended numerous courses and workshops. Most self-help books assert that lasting positive changes will be made in your life when you let go of old patterns and behaviors and replace them with positive habits.

When you read any self-empowerment book or attend a transformational workshop, after your initial high, you often face challenges and limitations as you attempt to put what you just learned into practice. It is said that it takes at least thirty days to create new habits that help you overcome the limiting beliefs that have kept you from living a purposeful life.

So why does it take so long and why is it so hard to let go of old habits even though you know that they don’t serve you any longer? To find an answer to this question, let’s first look at what habits are. Basically, they are a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. Habits are involuntary behaviors controlled by the subconscious mind.

Most habits start as a coping mechanism against stress. Stress usually occurs when you feel that there are high pressures or demands that you don’t have enough resources to cope with, or when there is a threat to your well-being. As a response, you repeatedly and automatically (unconsciously) choose that which gives you either comfort or relief.

In my new video, I talk about two effective ways of overcoming habits: self-observation and dis-identification. Usually, we are focused on the future, our expectations of what will happen from our decisions or all the things we have to do. When you pay close attention every time you take action, it will help you to disidentify from expectations. You set an intention by consciously focusing your energy in the direction you want to go.

In her brilliant book, Yoga Nidra – The Art Of Transformational Sleep – Kamini Desai highlights the importance of having secondary and primary intentions. Whereas the primary intention speaks to the fullness of who you are, a secondary intention helps you remove whatever inhibits the realization of your primary intention.

I found the whole process of identifying your primary and secondary intentions the most comprehensive and effective, leading to the best version of your authentic self. On May 11, I finished a 100-hours I AM Yoga Nidra Professional Training Kamini Desai developed. It included multiple daily practices as well as in-depth personal reflection and learning on the foundations and practical applications of Yoga Nidra.

Please contact me if you would like to personally work with me and discover your primary and secondary intentions to overcome any habits which kept you from living a purposeful life and fulfilling your destiny. Who would you be, and what would you do without living out your habitual patterns?

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To live a life on purpose, acknowledge your thoughts and emotions and redirect them toward your dreams.
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