What would it be like if you didn’t measure the success of your life just by what you get and don’t get, but gave equal or greater priority to how aligned you are with your greatest values?
So many of us have been taught to measure our success through the accomplishment of goals. As a result, we get stuck on a goal-driven roller-coaster, feeling the highs when we accomplish something and the lows and frustrations when things don’t go as we plan.
The problem is that goals don’t fulfill you on an ongoing basis; they either lead to more and more goals or crumble apart, leaving you to feel like you failed. While goals give you excitement and highs and lows, intentions provide you with enduring self-respect, purpose, and peace of mind.
Setting intentions is very different than goal making because it’s not focused on arriving at a specific future outcome. When we set an intention it’s really to experience something and that may take time to fully manifest. It’s really a process that is initiated by being conscious and deliberate on how you are being in the present moment. Your attention is on the “now.”
The now is where ALL your power is. It is the place where you plant the seed of intention for your dreams. You set an intention and begin the doing, thinking and being in the now.
Intention is a force behind everything in the Universe; it’s what makes an acorn a tree, causes the sun to rise, and gives us life. Intention is part of what I call the All That Is, the vast web of energy that flows through our Universe. This energy is always creating and responds to us beautifully especially when we are loving and inclusive. When you align yourself with that source—that intention—you tap into the profound power of the Universe. With intention, you also connect with your intuition and you can receive guidance for your highest good.
In other words, with pure intentions, you step onto your highest path.
The most powerful intentions are grounded in your greatest values and purest desires. Many of us have been taught to treat intentions like goals and thus “intend” for a new car, more money, and so on. I used to do this myself when I first started working with intentions but quickly realized that the form of the intention was nowhere near as important as the essence. Sure, you can play with the intent on having the experience of those things show up in your life, but too much focus on the form will be limited.
Ultimately, the best intentions are based on an understanding of what matters most to you, such as love, kindness, reverence, and making a difference and.. (you fill in here). Abundance is so much more than material. You must make a commitment to align your worldly actions with your inner values.
It’s also important to consider the underlying motives and emotions behind your intentions. For example, I had a client who wanted to know why she still hadn’t met the right partner even though she kept intending to have an amazing relationship. The problem was the motive underlying her intention was grounded in wanting to gain approval outside of herself. I encouraged her to examine those emotions and set a new intention to love and approve of herself. Other common emotions that undermine intentions are manipulation, desperation, judgment, and fear.
Remember, intentions are a force behind everything in the Universe. If you want to tap into the power of that force and attract what’s in your highest good, then it’s important to ground your intentions in your deepest values. Then you can begin the practice of making powered-up intentions.
What are your life intentions? Make a list of intentions that reflect your deepest values and desires. Remember to pay attention to underlying emotions and motivations. Create a list of your purest life intentions and read it each day.
For example, here are some of my favorite intentions:
I create my own happiness and nourish my soul.
I consciously choose thoughts and behaviors that create value and peace.
I love, value, and respect myself, others, and the world around me.
Set a daily intention: This week, make a habit of setting an intention when you wake up each morning. Ask yourself, “What do I need now? What is in my highest good today?” Use your intuition to get your answer and then set your intention to reflect it. Here are some examples:
Today, I am happy and trusting.
Today, I live in the present.
Today, I nurture my relationships and set healthy boundaries.
Today, I trust my intuition above all else.
What are your favorite intentions? Please share them with all of us!
In service and love,
“ Anything is possible when you open your connection to the Universe”