What is an intention?
A working definition for intention is: “To have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” Lacking intention, we sometimes stray without meaning or direction. But with it, all the forces of the universe can align to make even the most impossible, possible.
Some might say this is not the right time to dream. The media and masses say, “It’s time to be realistic.” Consider this…without our dreams all we have is our present reality. Reality is not a bad thing because we have to know where we are so we can design the appropriate strategy for getting to where we want to be. The challenge is our attitude around “reality” and being “realistic” and what being realistic has cost us. Often this cost is our passion and joy, our hopes and dreams.
Given the unknowns and sometimes craziness of life, there’s never been a more important time to dream and setting your intention is the first step. People set intentions on all kinds of dreams; to get married or have children, to get a job or make a career change, to write a book, lose weight, or move to a foreign country. When you set an intention and then act on it to demonstrate your commitment, amazing things occur. Intention can also give us fortitude for dealing with tough times. Intention can be used for personal issues, community or social issues or even global events.
Four Steps for Setting an Intention:
1. Get clear about something you want and write it down.
2. Share your intention with someone who will supportively hold you accountable to taking action.
3. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention.
4. Acknowledge that you did what you said you would and then, take the next step.
By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others, just what you plan to do. Set an intention to redefine what it means to be serious about your dreams.
It’s time to change the way we think and speak about our dreams. Transforming a conversation, just like manifesting a dream, begins by setting an intention. Your intentions will assist you in taking greater control of your life.
So what are you waiting for?