When done properly, being purposeful can be powerful. But, it’s more than just a goal - it’s about being intentional in pursuing your desires.
“I orchestrate my mornings to the tune of coffee.” - Terri Guillemets
Everyone is busy living a hectic life. We’re living in stressful times, and we barely have enough time to grab a cup of coffee. But, what if we made time for the little things? It’s exactly what’s needed.
To simplify, an intention is something you plan to achieve, an aim or purpose. When you pay close attention to your attention-setting, incredible things can happen. What better way than to set a positive intention with a good cup of coffee?
What are the benefits of setting intentions?
“Intention setting” might sound too woo-woo or like something you’d only hear in a yoga class, but it’s a footing to anyone with goals in mind.
Anyone can set an intention. They can be larger than life (lifelong) or small (for even the next hour or so). Eitherway, you need to be actionable and hone into what you really desire.
How to Set a Positive Intention (with a Good Cup of Coffee)
Most people crave a morning routine - brushing teeth, swapping out the dishwasher and grabbing a cup of coffee. While there’s nothing wrong with routine, sometimes we tend to zap out the creative swirling and inspiration with mundane, daily tasks.
What’s wrong with your morning coffee routine?
Too much routine can send us on auto-pilot - to do something without focusing on it. That’s a problem! If you’re not savoring your morning coffee because you’re too busy firing off a text or stuffing your briefcase, you might not be living in the moment. Don’t wake up one moment realizing you didn’t slow down enough to enjoy your morning coffee.
What is happening here? You’re losing time - sweet and valuable time to enjoy moments. You’re missing out on opportunities to put magic into your day. What happens when you wake up in 10 years and you haven’t enjoyed an amazing local cup of coffee (or anything else)?
What can I do? Grab a coffee with an EXTRA shot of intention!
Slow down to separate the fine line between ritual and routine. The little line you must jump is between lack of attention and presence within a moment. Routine tends to be a sequence done without much thought. When fueled by a powerful intention, a routine can hold great personal meaning. An intention separates rituals from daily routines. Add an extra shot of intention to achieve a daily magical ritual.
Turn Morning Coffee into a Daily Ritual
#1: Be present in the moment:
As you anticipate your coffee, be fully present in the moment. Notice how you feel and where you are in that moment. You don’t need to pause what you’re doing, just notice what each moment holds.
At Hay Jay Coffee, we encourage you to watch the barista make your coffee or sit and wait without being on your phone. Turn on your favorite calming music if you’re waiting in our drive-thru. If you’re home making coffee, notice the smells in the air or listen for the timer to go off.
#2: Feel the temperature in your hands:
Instagram-worthy moment. Once you receive your coffee, hold it in between the palm of your hands to feel the warmth (or coolness if you’re a cold-brewer). Express a quick silent gratitude for this little luxury in life.
#3 Close your eyes and breathe deep:
Encourage yourself to slow down by isolating your senses when you close your eyes. It’s time to enjoy the aroma of this wonderful blessing. Relish in this experience every morning, especially when life may seem to be a little overwhelming.
#4. State the intention: It might feel cathartic, but vocalizing or writing down an intention will help hold you accountable. How do you want your day to go? Your intention can be a vibe you want to embody or a state of mind you want to feel.
Examples of Intentions:
#6: Visualize your day: As you sip on your coffee, continue to think about the intention that you’ve set and visualize your ideal day.
What do you want your day to look like? Continue to visualize it! Almost like role playing, show up for yourself as the best version of yourself. Align yourself with your values. Treat others how you want to be treated.
How will you greet the banker? Like a rockstar.
How will your big meeting go? Excellent. You’re a boss ass bitch.
We encourage you to daydream. Allow this life to be beautiful! And allow the magical bean juice to set you up for success today, and every day.