Living your life with intention means living on purpose rather than letting your life take over you. I am all about finding the simple, joyful ways to intentionally live a happier, healthier life.
I love hearing stories about others who are ready to change and actually become intentional in life. That requires to get clear about the specific intentions that will most enhance your life. Consider what is missing that might add more joy, peace, and presence to your life.
Suddenly, what you actually loved before isn’t that import any longer. What you thought was the best thing for you in life, will be replace to something that actually does make a difference. You are more open about other stuff, and you actually think twice whether that is a good fit for you or not.
To the point
What is an intention? An intention exists for every thought and every action. It’s a given. When you know what the intention is, that knowledge alone activates the power of intention.
The good intention suggests certain actions; however, no specific actions are necessary in order to be in a particular consciousness or attitude. Actions follow intention naturally allowing your energy to flow, whether you’re aware of the intention or not.
With that in mind, you can empower yourself when you develop positive and good intentions so that positive and empowering actions follow. Understanding the power of intention can be transformational as you follow your unique path for personal development. I like to think of it as the thought behind the thought. It’s the starting place in your mind.
Turn your intentions into actions
Do you often find yourself talking about the future or talking about ‘the day’ when you will finally get to start your own business; or even get around to start that diet? Not matter how much we plan and talk about what we intend to do or achieve, we never seem to get any further than our intentions, no matter how good they may originally seem.
As you may already experience, following through with a dream or an idea can turn out to be a lot harder than we had previously imagined. As the initial excitement of an idea or goal wears off and the doubts and ‘what ifs’ begin to creep in, what at first seemed like a very good intention, suddenly becomes a chore we would rather ignore. That is, before another good intention comes along.
If you are guilty of not sticking with your good intentions and need some guidance on how to get started, here are my five steps that I use to help me in the process of turning my good intentions into positive actions. Grab a pen and start taking notes!
Step 1: Set Your Intention
Sometimes, the reason we struggle to stick with an intention is because we have so many! So instead of overwhelming yourself with multiple ideas why not pick one or two specific goals? Try sticking at just a few for a while and see what progress you begin to make – you can always throw another one into the mix at a later date.
Step 2: Get Clarity
Now that you have set your intention, it’s time to develop a plan of action! Prosperity is all about the planning and clarity of your vision, as this can give you the benefit to look ahead and decide what you are going to have to do to turn your intention into a triumph.
So, if you are intending to lose weight, what would you plan to do?
– Create a workout plan?
– Join a sports team?
– Keep a food journal?
– Have fixed, regular weigh-ins?
Before you can take action, establishing the steps that you will have to take to reach your goal can be vital for your long term success. So, get clear on your vision, see yourself at the finish line. Then, mentally run through what the journey will look like, to see what actions you will need to take on the way.
ACTION: Write down five forms of action that you will need to take to help you towards achieving your goal.
Step 3: Organize Yourself
Without organization and the necessary tools, you could be putting yourself at a serious disadvantage – delaying your chances of reaching your goal. No matter how strong our intentions may be, if we do not surround ourselves with the tools and environment that we need to accomplish our goals, then even the most headstrong of people may feel inclined to give up.
First, plan ahead by thinking of what you might need to make reaching your goal a success. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, plan ahead nutritional recipes, your workout clothes, grocery shopping list, reminders on your phone and a morning plan, to ensure that you leave enough time for breakfast and start your day on the right path.
ACTION: Take action today! It is the procrastination that prevent us from seeing our intentions all the way to the end in the first place. Make a list of what you can do today to ensure that nothing stops you from setting off towards your goals tomorrow.
Step 4: Celebrate Your Progress
Motivation is crucial when you are looking to achieve something, no matter how big or small. Reaching any goal demands hard-work and extreme patience, and if you do not reward yourself regularly or acknowledge your successes, you can quickly become disinterested and lose focus.
No matter what are your goals, be sure to keep a track of your progress. Every time you hit a target – such as reaching a certain weight or amount in your savings – celebrate what you have achieved! Treat yourself to some pampering or have a mini splurge on something that you should need once you’ve reached your target.
ACTION: Be sure to record all of your progress in a journal or on a calendar. Set yourself milestones – and when you reach them, congratulate yourself with a well-deserved reward!
When you take one intention, focus on it, create a plan of action and motivate yourself as much as possible. Then, when your next good intention comes along, you can feel confident, knowing that this time you can be seeing it through to the end.
Step 5: Don’t give up
Personally, for me this stage is the most difficult, but practicing all the steps will give you the strength to keep going. At some point you might be tempted to stop trying. It might be because you feel like you are not reaching your goal fast enough, because you are tired or even because you think you have done good enough.
At this time, it is important that you keep going no matter what. Have you heard of the second wind concept? It is a phenomenon in distance running when an athlete who is too tired to continue, suddenly finds the strength to press on.
Well, you can also get second wind when trying to achieve something. Just wait for it and don’t give up. To help get a second wind try focusing on your goal and imagine how much you can then enjoy your triumph.
That’s what an intention does. Sometimes without one, we get lost without meaning or direction. I describe it as just driving and driving around without ever having a destination in mind. With an intention, the universe’s forces align to make even the most difficult thing possible. Your intentions will give you greater control of your life.
This process doesn’t need to take up a lot of time. In fact, it’s meant to make your day flow easier. If you find yourself getting stuck or trying to be perfect, make it your intention to relax and have a little more fun.
Try it out and let me know how it works for you.