If you’re an ambitious and driven person, chances are you’ve heard the word “intention“ thrown about:
“Set your intentions…Be mindful of your intentions…Create powerful intentions…”
But the term can be vague and convoluted. Is it a belief? A prayer? Is it having faith?
In simple form, your intentions are your thoughts directed toward a desired outcome. To be more complex, it’s the realization that our consciousness has the ability to create our reality. It’s often ridiculed and passed off, but scientific research on how the mind affects reality is growing. Most common is the placebo effect, from sugar pills having the same effect as prozac, to non-alcoholic beer causing drunkenness, and fake surgeries improving healh.
Our beliefs defy logic.
Jim Carrey boils down his whole career to the power of intention:
“Our intention is everything. Nothing happens on this planet without it. Not one single thing has ever been accomplished without intention.”
Your intention will be the tool that turns your passion into reality. Science continues to affirm there’s much more beyond our empirical understanding—and indeed, our minds are more powerful than we realize.
When it comes to setting intentions toward your goals, here are 7 essential steps to follow:
1. Let go of limiting beliefs.
We’ve seen how powerful the mind is—don’t put a limit on the extent that it can change reality. Believe big, see the world for it’s abundance rather than limitations. See your personal potential as limitless rather than limited.
When doubt creeps into your mind, remember it’s only as valid as the amount of attention you give it.
2. Be clear, but flexible.
Seneca said, “If one does not know to which port they sail, no wind is favorable.”
Be clear and specific with the intentions you set: when do you want it to happen by, where will it take place, who you’ll be with? But as you move ahead with it, be flexible with the journey, and how you get there.
A detour may be a hidden blessing steering you in the right direction. The intention will manifest to the person who keeps showing up.
3. Bring in all your senses.
Psychologists and therapists highlight the importance of VAK—visuals, audio, and kinaesthetic modalities in shaping our mind.
When visualizing your intentions, use these modalities to make it as real in your mind as it’ll be in reality; turn up the volume on the the people you’re with, the color of the suit or dress you’re rockin,’ your bodily sensations and emotions as you celebrate.
You’re not just dreaming and imagining, you’re actually planning and setting the blueprint.
4. Take action.
Like a horse and carriage, visualization needs to connect with hard work. Eat the elephant one bite at a time. Reverse engineer—start with the end in mind, and break your goal down to pieces.
Then, don’t hesitate or let fear hold you back from doing the most immediate action toward your goal. Do something daily that will bring you closer to your goal.
Every time you take action, fear weakens, and confidence grows.
5. Celebrate the synchronicity.
There’ll be times when things are too coincidental to be mere coincidence. Things fall into place and your intention becomes tangible. Celebrate these affirmations that you’re on the right track. Use them as markers to go back to when you’re feeling down, and keep moving forward with an eye open for the next synchronistic event.
Synchronicity is a teacher, telling us to keep moving ahead, or change direction. If it’s been a while between meetings, it may mean you need to try something different.
6. Bring in some backup.
With your close inner circle of friends, ask them to also set intentions for you. If one consciousness can alter reality, a community of combined consciousness no doubt will help you move mountains.
Connect with someone who’s achieved what you’re attempting, pick their brain to strengthen your intentions. Continue to grow your knowledge on the power of intentions—seek out articles, read books, watch videos. Knowledge is power.
7. Exercise it daily.
Just like a muscle, exercise your intention. Write it out daily—be detailed with your dream and set yourself deadlines; create a vision board.
Make your intentions so ingrained that you’re beyond confident and your actions become autopilot toward manifesting it. Burn your ship and take the island.
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