The Power of Intention
Sometimes when people say, “It’s the thought that counts”, they’re trying to make you feel better—even console you. But the thought really is what counts when it comes to intentions, our inner resolve.
So much of what happens in our lives begins with our intentions. Our thoughts have great power to shape our lives. It can be easy to live our lives going through the motions of our routines, almost unconsciously. But being clear about our intentions is the first step towards making our lives what we want them to be.
There are 4 areas of life around which I encourage you to be clear about your intentions this week.
Actions & Activities. Think about what your intentions are for your actions and activities this week. What do you intend to get out of them? What do you intend to put into them? Whether you’re going to work, running errands, taking a trip, calling a friend, cleaning the house, giving a presentation in class, hanging out with friends, or volunteering at the local children’s hospital, your actions and activities matter. They say a lot about your character and priorities, so making sure they’re done with intention and purpose will enable you to put the most into—and get the most out of—them.
Attitudes and Aptitudes. Think about what your intentions are beyond what you do to who you want to be and what your gifts and abilities are. As yourself:
*What attitude do you intend to reflect as you go about your activities?
*What kind of person do you intend to be?
*What gifts do you intend to develop and share?
*What skills do you intend to acquire or hone?
Being clear about these things both guides your actions and activities and helps you live a more conscious, aware life, and that empowers you to grow and achieve your goals and potential.
It’s incredibly powerful to be clear about—and live your life by—your intentions. It can help your life feel purposeful and directed, and give even more meaning to your daily routine. When you’re consciously aware of how your actions, activities, attitudes and aptitudes reflect your intentions, you can feel the same satisfaction you do achieving a goal you set for yourself. It’s energizing and empowering. This week, I challenge you to be clear about your intentions. Leave a comment to let us know how it goes. Good luck!