Are you living the best of who you think you are right now? Are you living your life to your full potential? In life, we won’t feel joy by accident, we won’t achieve successful outcomes by accident, and we won’t show up at our best by accident. We all need to set intentions for our lives. 

In this episode, we discuss how we can cultivate a healthy and joyful mindset irrespective of what is happening around us by setting intentions for the life we want to live, and the person we want to become in the here and the now. An intention isn’t necessarily a goal or something that we measure, it’s simply a commitment to ourselves. It’s a promise we make to ourselves that aligns with our values. We encourage you to stop relying on the randomness of the world and the randomness of life to bring you what you so desire. 

Now is the time to become very deliberate in your words and in your actions and begin setting daily intentions in order to cultivate the future of your dreams. Listen and connect to your internal guide. I promise you, you will begin to create more powerful moments, in more moments of your day.


Dr Marisa Lee Naismith is excited to announce the release of her new book “Singing Contemporary Commercial Music Styles: A Pedagogical Framework” published by Compton Publications UK. Marisa offers this book as a starting point and as CCM markets continue to evolve, she encourages that we, as a voice community, continue to evolve, debate and communally add to this framework.



Visit the A Voice and Beyond Youtube channel to watch back the video replay of this guest interview or to see my welcome video.

Episode Transcription

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith 00:00

Hi. It’s Marissa Lee here. And I’m so excited to be sharing today solo round episode with you. Whether you’re a member of the voice community, or beyond your voice is your unique gift. And my mission, which has been inspired by my own personal and professional journey is to empower you to share your gift with others. Now is the time for you to discover your voice in life, develop a positive mindset, and become the best and most authentic version of yourself to create greater impact. Ultimately, you can take charge, and you can become the director of your own life. It’s time for you to live your best life. It’s time now, for a voice and beyond. So, without further ado, let’s go to today’s episode. Are you living the best of who you think you are right now? Are you living your life to your fullest potential. If you’re not living every day, turning up as the best version of yourself. Don’t feel bad about it. Many of us are walking around not being true to ourselves. Ultimately, we must continue evolving. And I admit that I still walk around with my own emotional baggage. And if you’re engaging in behaviours that don’t serve you on any level whatsoever, then you need to acknowledge this and take some personal accountability and stop blaming others. victim mentality is not going to help you. You need to create practices that keep you performing at your very best and living your best life. Being the best teacher, the best wife, mother, daughter, friend and mentor. And the way to do that is by creating intention. Intention can be something so simple, even just asking yourself who do I want to be each day is so powerful and effective. To be fair, life can throw you off track and unless you discipline yourself to visualise who you want to become and set the intention to make those changes that you need to make to get there. If you’re disciplined in this area, you can start to live the life you truly want for yourself and what you expect for you.

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith  03:07

An intention isn’t necessarily a goal or something that you measure. It’s simply a commitment to yourself a promise that you make to yourself. Intentions are aligned with your values and they can also relate to the type of person you want to become. An intention is different to a goal because goals are far more formal, they are usually bigger ticket items and goals have structures and timeframes. Whereas an intention can be in the present, it’s more of a feeling. So rather than it being something that you want to achieve, it’s something you want to become. It’s a little reminder of what you’re capable of in that moment in time. Therefore, your intentions may change from day to day. Or you might stick to one intention that you use all the time because it works for you. For me, my intentions can change by the day, by the week or by the task irrespectively making positive changes in our lives takes awareness and intentional action. By setting an intention you bring presents to your own thoughts and actions. And that means being in the moment managing your state of mind, your body, your emotions in the here and the now

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith  04:49

how often do you start your day without checking in with yourself first? Maybe you’re one of those people who just rolls out of bed and get straight to work. Or maybe the first thing you do each morning is put everyone else’s needs before your own. And this can happen so easily to all of us. The thing is that if you don’t take a moment to check in with yourself on a regular basis, you may start to feel a sense of disconnection from yourself, with others with who you truly are, and your life’s purpose. The more you neglect you, the more overwhelmed you can become. That’s just how it is. Unfortunately, every day, you need to spend a few moments of the first hour upon waking, thinking about things that are important to you for that day. You see, your intentions can be a tool to guide you through the day. And perhaps it can be the act of reminding yourself to be present and to stay mindful throughout the whole day. setting an intention needn’t take any more than five minutes, and it keeps you connected to your goals, your desires and your needs. You could do this in your journal, your daily planner, or simply in the notes section of your phone. So take a moment in your morning to pause before the day begins and ask yourself, what do I want to get out of the day? How do I want to show up? How can I do better how to I want to feel by the act of setting intentions, it is giving you clarity, you will be clearer on what you need to do to stay more focused, be more congruent, and achieve the outcomes that you so desire.

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith  07:00

As you move through your day, who may need to define your intentions for each new segment of your day. This is called segment intending. And segment intending is a really powerful tool that I absolutely love. And I cannot recommend you do this highly enough. If you don’t practice it already, it is life changing. Okay to be clear, segment intending is the process whereby you define your intentions for the segment of your day that you’re moving into next. It’s a way of mentally pre planning your outcomes, and focusing your energy and your thoughts on what it is you want to achieve in the next phase of your day. So an example can be I’ve just arrived home from work and I’m about to go in and greet my husband. as I transition from the long drive home from my busy work day, I may sit in my car for a moment and set an intention for the outcomes of how I want to show up for my husband. I want to leave work behind me. And my intention may be that I want to be present and focused while I spend a beautiful evening with my husband. So here I have just stated that my intention is to enjoy my precious time with my husband. You can see this as a simple but it’s a really powerful practice that has enriched my life and it consistently returns me the most positive outcomes, I have become much more aware of where I’m focusing my attention at any one given moment in time, and I’ve become far more deliberate in choosing my thoughts and my actions throughout my day. You see you do have a choice in how your day goes. Segment intending allows you to follow the path of least resistance. This practice seems rather simplistic, but it’s powerful stuff and it’s not woowoo. Anything that gives you clarity or offers you positive outcomes is certainly worth a try. Either way, as you go through your day, you can train yourself to segment intent every time you shift tasks or actions

Dr Marisa Lee Naismith  09:49

it may be harsh to say that in life, you’re not going to feel joy by accident. You won’t have successful outcomes by accident. If you won’t show up at your best by accident, you need to set the intention in your own life. You need to activate a healthy and joyful mindset, no matter what set the intention of who you want to be in the here and the now. It’s time now to be very deliberate in your words and in your actions. I encourage you to stop what you’re doing. Stand still, and define your actions for your day, or the next segment of the day you’re about to move into. That does require you to find that stillness and the space where you can actually listen, listen and connect to your internal guide. I promise you, you will begin to create more powerful moments in more moments of your day. Through deliberate intention, you can purposely design your each and every day, go and live your best life now. Thank you so much for listening to this episode of a voice and beyond. I hope you enjoyed it as now is an important time for you to invest in your own self care, personal growth and education. Use every day as an opportunity to learn and to grow so you can show up feeling empowered and ready to live your best life. If you know someone who will also be inspired by this episode, please be sure to copy and paste the link and share it with them. Or share it on social media and use the hashtag a voice and beyond. I promise you I am committed to bringing you more inspiration and conversations just like this one every week. And if you’d like to help me, please rate and review this podcast and cheer me on by clicking the subscribe button on Apple podcast right now. I would also love to know what it is that you most enjoyed about this episode and what was your biggest takeaway? Please take care and I look forward to your company next time on the next episode of a voice and beyond.

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