Affirmations VS. Intentions

Mar 14, 2024

 by Kim Bouldin

I don’t know who needs to hear this but…

Everyone — and I mean everyone! — struggles with their motivation and mindset sometimes.

But that doesn’t mean you give up.

Instead, you have to get tactical. 

So, today I want to share a couple of simple tools you can use to keep yourself on track when you’re not feeling it.

They’re affirmations and intentions — and they might be different than you think! 

Sometimes they get lumped in the “woo-woo” category but they’re actually backed by studies.

- Affirmations boost brain activity, help you stick with healthy habits, improve self-control, and even help you feel happier and more fulfilled.

- Intentions can help motivate you to follow through on your specific goals. 

Together, they help you build momentum.

But what’s the difference? Here’s one way to think of them:

- Affirmations are like an umbrella, protecting you from negativity and distractions by keeping them from you.
- Intentions are all about the things you do UNDER the umbrella to make your goals a reality!

Affirmations vs. Intentions

Affirmations are:

  • focused on changing beliefs and attitudes.

  • aspirational, helping you change or create a positive thought pattern.

  • usually have a longer-term focus

Here are a few examples of healthy affirmations:

  • I am strong, healthy, and full of energy.

  • My body is resilient, capable, and strong.

  • I respect my body with nourishing food and regular exercise.

Intentions are:

  • focused on guiding your actions or behaviors.

  • practical, focusing on how you want to live, act, or what you want to achieve.

  • usually focused on your day or a specific task

Here are some examples of intentions:

  • I’m going to give it 100% during my workout today.

  • My food choices today will support my health and fitness goals.

  • Today I will listen to my body and rest when needed.

When was the last time you set an intention for the day? It’s not too late to create one today! 

Committed to Your Success,

P.S. You know what also helps with motivation? Having a support system to lean on when you get stuck — especially if you’re stuck in a pattern of starting, stopping, and beating yourself up for it. Sometimes just having someone there to nudge you when you need it — or let you know you’re NOT crazy for needing a break can be the difference between giving up and staying on track. 

Set up a discovery call by clicking here. if you’re ready to explore that kind of support! 

Kim and The Fab Fit Team