“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” ~ Sigmund Freud
“Each person carries within their core the birthright of creative freedom, which, when organized and orchestrated, is the most awesome force on earth.” ~ Bryant McGill
“Just what is meant by ‘your word’? It means your conscious intention, your conscious direction, your conscious faith and acceptance that, because of what you are doing, the Power of Spirit will flow through your word in the direction you give It.” ~ Ernest Holmes
“Intentions compressed into words enfold magical power.” ~ Deepak Chopra
“Our repeated failure to fully act as we would wish must not discourage us. It is the sincere intention that is the essential thing, and this will in time release us from the bondage of habits which at present seem almost insurmountable.” ~ Thomas Troward
“Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and then sustain it.” ~ Warren Bennis
“Choose your intention carefully and then practice holding your consciousness to it, so it becomes the guiding light in your life.” ~ John Roger
Happy Independence Day! The Fourth of July is a day when we celebrate our forefathers/foremothers and their willingness to stand up against tyranny, to rebel against oppression, and to form a “more perfect union”.
What if this year each of us declared our own personal independence day? What if we rejected the tyranny of others’ opinions, judgments, and criticisms? What if we rebelled against the oppression of fear, anxiety, guilt, and shame? What if we proclaimed our emancipation from damaging relationships and harmful habits?
It starts by setting the intention – by making your own declaration of independence. Isn’t today a great day to do it?
The Power of Intentions
Do you ever feel like you’re floating through life, simply reacting to all the things that happen around you? Maybe you’re just hoping for the best? So many of us walk through life without any clear idea of what we really want, but then get upset with life when we don’t like what we receive. The problem is not a lack of desire, or a lack of hope, but a lack of intention.
Without clear intentions, there is no place to direct your time, effort and energy. A clear intention takes the light from an incandescent light bulb and focuses it into a laser beam.
Learning how to set intentions will put you in the driver’s seat of your life. A clear intention is like a target with a bull’s eye in the middle. It gives you a focus and a direction, and sends clear instructions to the universe about what you want to happen – what you intend. Once a clear target is there, you can direct all of your energy, thoughts, feelings, and actions toward that intention. It becomes a guide on which to focus your attention.
Think of it as entering an address into your GPS. It’s not a plan or a goal; it’s a specific final destination. That doesn’t make it less important. If you don’t know where you are headed then no road is the right road. Choosing an intention, a destination, allows you to make conscious choices about the steps needed to reach your goal.
Take Time and Get Clear
There really is no secret to setting intentions other than taking the time and effort to get clear on your true desires. Then frame that desire into a simple declarative statement. Before I go into any planned conversation or event, I take a few moments to ask myself, “What is my intention in this interaction?” When I can answer the question I know that I am ready.
Share Your Intention with Others
If you are going into a meeting, or a (potentially) challenging conversation, share your intention with the other person. Simply say, “My intention for this conversation is…” or “I would like us to get the following out of this meeting…” or “By the end of this conversation, I would like for us to accomplish the following.” You may be surprised at how effective your conversations can become when you publically set the intention.
When Conflicting Intentions Arise, Negotiate
Conflicts may arise when you have an intention that involves another person. You may want to have a healing conversation and the other person may want to blame and argue. In such cases, it’s necessary to negotiate. That’s why it’s beneficial to begin by sharing your intentions with the other person. The highest intention usually wins.
Take Consistent Actions that Support your Intentions
An intention calls the universe to help you fulfill it, but it still requires action on your part. I can intend to do laundry today, but if I never put the dirty towels in the washer they will not get clean. The machine will do the washing for me, but I have to load the washer and push the start button. Spiritual intentions work the same way. You have to take action to get the process flowing.
When Your Focus Fades, Go Back to Your Intention
Diversions will arise, and when they do, go back to your intention. For example, you may set an intention to exercise for 30 minutes per day five days per week. You usually walk, but today it is raining. That doesn’t mean you can’t take consistent action today. What other actions can you take that will fulfill your intention?