The Power of Intention


Every moment within our lives contains the seed of a brand new beginning, Each moment is a symbolic time where we can reset the clock, erase our mistakes and start from scratch. If we continue to do what we’ve always done, we will continue to create the same circumstances and conditions. This is good if the conditions we create are nourishing and beneficial, but if they’re not, then something needs to be done to create change. I want to share some ideas about how we can create change for ourselves. A simple method to help direct our thoughts and actions in a manner that can create positive outcomes for our life.

Intention is  important because it acts as a catalyst and provides impetus for change. Without intention we are swept away by the strong currents of life and we can get lost. Imagine getting into your car and following the traffic without having any idea of where you want to go. Not only would it be a waste of time but you would find yourself getting more and more frustrated with each passing minute. The number one reason why people fail in life is because they don’t have a destination – they don’t have well defined goals. Far too many people travel through life guided by their fears and what they don’t want to happen instead of what they do want. Imagine using this method for your shopping. You would have a list of all the things you don’t want: don’t want eggs, don’t want meat, don’t want sugar, etc. How would you know what to buy? You would end up leaving with a whole bunch of things that you don’t need. You wouldn’t even think of doing your shopping this way, yet often that’s exactly how we live our life. We don’t want to be hijacked. We don’t want to lose our money. We don’t want to have problematic relationships. We don’t want to fail. We don’t want to feel unloved.

Whatever you consistently focus your attention on affects your emotions and behaviour. So, if you focus long enough on what you don’t want, there’s a good chance that that’s exactly what you end up getting. What you need to do is to focus on what you do want and decide on the best way to get it. Intentions, therefore, become the blueprints for your future.

The first step is to decide what you want – you have to know what it is that you want before you can get it. Write a list of your intentions. What would you like to achieve? What would you like to change and improve on? How would you like to feel? It’s important to have goals in all areas of life; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual goals. We are multidimensional beings and if we focus on one area to the exclusion of others we end up suffering. Like the person that focuses only on acquiring more money but doesn’t spend time working on his relationships. Or, conversely, the person that spends all her time caring for others and neglecting her material needs. Both are extremes that end up in frustration and unhappiness. A better approach is to look at all areas of your life and get a balanced list of intentions.

Write up your material and financial intentions. Perhaps you want to earn more money or buy a new car or acquire a house. Maybe you want to visit a new country. List these under your material goals. Be as specific as you can. For your physical being. What do you want for your body? Perhaps you need to lose weight or get fitter so that you have more energy. Maybe you want to stop smoking or drinking. List these goals. Next, the mind. Perhaps you want to learn a new language or improve your knowledge on a particular subject or acquire a new skill. Maybe you need to stop your mind from wandering and become more focused. Or perhaps you have a tendency to be a negative thinker and need to create more positive thoughts. Emotional goals are also important. Many people are so filled with fear that it doesn’t allow them to do what they need to in order to move ahead. They get stuck and this results in frustration, anger and guilt. These emotions are like toxins that eat away at your vitality and enthusiasm creating a vicious cycle. In order to break free from these negative emotions, first you need to be aware of them, and then, you need to have an intention to change. As for spiritual goals. Meaning. Purpose. Connection with others. Joy. Love. Compassion. These are all spiritual qualities that can be enhanced in our life if we hold that intention and take appropriate action.

Once you have your list you need to decide on a course of action. For some goals this is simple. For others this can be intimidating because you simply don’t know how to go about achieving them. This can scare you into procrastination – which is a certain road to failure. Here’s the trick: all goals, even the very large ones, are made up of a series of small actions that lead to their achievement. A skyscraper is built one brick at a time. Look at your list and ask yourself : “What is the one thing that I can do right now (or in the next 24 hours) that will put me on course to achieving this goal?” Even the smallest thing, like a phone call to the gym to arrange for an assessment, or throwing away something that no longer serves you, or getting in touch with someone who can help you to get that new job, is a powerful step in the right direction. You need to take a positive step immediately and begin to build momentum towards your intentions.

The most crucial step is to take action. Once you’ve done all the planning and strategizing you need to take physical action towards achieving your goals. Positive thinking and good intentions are a great start, but life doesn’t manifest on a whim. It requires energy, effort and action. Very often this is where people stop and that’s where even the best intentions can fall flat. Bill Gates once said that if you don’t take action within 24 hours of a new idea, the chances are you never will. This advice from a man who knows how to manifest his intentions!

If you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of your new goals, just remember that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Once you’ve decided what you want, just do it!

This process may seem simple but don’t be fooled lest the enemy defeat you. There are many bad habits to overcome on the way to implementing a new intention. This is the challenge that we meet, and if we are unaware or too complacent, inertia will defeat us. You must be prepared to hold yourself accountable and follow through consistently – especially when the going gets tough. Success is not for the faint hearted, you must be disciplined and prepared to take action every day!  You need to monitor yourself so that you know if you are heading in the right direction. Change course if necessary, but persist until you have reached your goal. Trust that the process will work.

It’s important that we have a plan for creating a positive life so as not to allow ourselves to be totally governed by outside forces. This also helps us to appreciate the great mystery and miracle of life one moment at a time. If you can create successful moments, they accumulate and result in a successful life.

Set yourself up for success. Make intentions. Take action. Follow through. Live your life fully and remember to also have some fun along the way !

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