“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” (Soren Kierkegaard). So, let’s dive into the topic of Intention: first, what is Intention, second, how the Intention governs the attention, third, why are Intentions important, fourth, the results of Intention, and fifth, how to create Intentions.
The Free Dictionary.com defines intention as a course action that one intends to follow, an aim that guides action, an objective. Merrian-Websters.com defines intention as a determination to act in a certain way.
In the article “The What & Why Intentions are important” by JoAnn Downey, she brings about several important points that I would like to share in this blog since her feelings & my feelings coincide with this topic. She brings out that when your relationships are good then your intentions will be clear, positive statements of an outcome you want to experience. Therefore, an intention is a goal or a vision that guides your activities, thoughts, attitudes, and choices. Your intentions influence your actual experiences. You can set an intention in any area of your life such as, physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. However, intentions start with mental pictures of your goal, which requires focus, action, and positive energy to manifest.
Second, the intention governs the attention by a power that comes through tranquility and dignified calmness. It is by concentration that deep thoughts, wise speech, and all forces of high potentiality are accomplished. Thus, by the intention directing the attention we see the interest compound. The greater the interest the more action & reaction evolves to arouse more interest, which enables you to cultivate the power of attention.
Third, why are intentions important? Intentions provide a framework for you to set priorities, use your time wisely, and align yourself with resources needed to manifest your goals. The process of setting & working towards your intentions declares to yourself, others, and the universe that you are serious about your dreams and goals. Having a strong, positive, energized intention helps to repel anything that isn’t aligned with your goals. On the other hand, it also attracts the essence of the goals to make them more productive and stable.
Fourth, the results of the intentions in your thought process includes thoughts which precede every action and actions determine results. Therefore, it is crucial that you choose your thoughts and intentions carefully. When you set a clear and personally compelling intention you will tend to act in ways, respond to situations, create supportive opportunities, and make choices in harmony with your intention. Setting clear intentions also helps you to map out your journey in a more flawless method and be more balanced if difficulties arise. Difficulties do emerge, but good problem-solving skills and honest intentions will guide you through the challenges. Setting intentions is key to manifesting personal & professional goals, along with seeing your dreams fulfilled.
Fifth, how to create an intention is an interesting question. Intentions are what you want to manifest or create. Intentions do not try to manipulate or control others or their behavior. Your intention is your call to action. A meaningful intention is sincere and promotes well-being. It represents the end result of what you want to achieve today and what your future will look like. It’s not a “to do” list, but an intention is complete: it directs your choices and your energy. You should feel that your intention is achievable and believable. Don’t let your ego get in the way or limit yourself to what you can receive instead of being confident in taking a risk. An intention needs to be stated in a positive way: or what you want instead of what you don’t want. It is a positive mental image of what you want to manifest. Intentions include how you want to receive the manifestation. It also includes how you will be with yourself, others, and the universe. Intentions must include empowering words, not words such as “always” and “never” because these words project unrealism and have a negative tone to them. Intentions need to be clear and concise. You will know you have a perfect intention when it feels uplifting, freeing, joyful, and peaceful. Intentions can be both personal and professional ambitions.
Intentions are goals or visions that guide your activities, thoughts, attitudes and choices. Your intentions influence your actual experiences. As Bryant McGill puts it, “Every journey begins with the first step of articulating the intention, and then becoming the intention.” Akiroq Brost expresses intention like this, “Focus your attention with your intention. Don’t lose yourself in your circumstances or emotions. Remember the why. Base your actions on intention. Where is it you want to go? What is it you want to achieve? Do your actions reflect your intentions?”
Now take your intentions, use them, to make your journey a real reality.