Do you use the power of intention to get the things you want in life? Or, do you play it by chance and hope things work out?
More people go through life without a plan so if you play it by chance, you’re in the majority. The majority, however, struggle through life. They struggle to find happiness, find a job they can tolerate, find happy relationships.
The minority, however, use the power of intention to create happiness, create enjoyable jobs and create happy relationships.
The power of intention provides the ability to create what you want.
The difference between trying to find and creating is significant. Wouldn’t you rather create happiness instead of continually looking for it? Use the power of intention.
You have to intentionally use the power of intention. It won’t happen by chance either. Use the following five-step plan to start using the power of intention.
1. Define what you want – Unless you know what you’re striving for, you’ll never reach it. You always have to have a destination or a goal.
If you’ve been to Maui, Hawaii, hopefully you’ve taken the all-day trip on the road to Hana. When my wife and I left early one morning on the road to Hana, we had no idea what to expect. However, we knew that was our destination. We couldn’t wait to get there.
2. Believe you can get what you want – This may sound like California WooWoo but you have to believe you can get what you want. The religious, me being one of them, call it faith. You can’t see it or touch it yet but you believe you will receive it.
Notice that believing you can achieve what you want is just one step. Too many people in the world say that is all it takes. It takes more than just belief. It takes intentional action as well.
Even though my wife and I had never taken the road to Hana before, we believed it existed. We had faith it was there because of the evidence we had seen. We also had a map that showed where it was.
3. Enjoy the journey – You’ve heard it said related to sports, “It’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game.” The same applies here. It’s not necessarily the end result you’re desiring. It’s the journey.
My wife and I made this mistake when taking the road to Hana. We were so intent on reaching Hana that we rushed on the way there. The power of intention had us focused. Yes, we stopped to see some painting-like views and exquisite waterfalls but we wanted to make sure we reached our destination.
However, once we reached Hana and realized it was a small village with nothing significant to see, we realized the “road to” Hana is significant. We were able to enjoy more of the journey on the way back because we now knew what was important.
4. Learn from your mistakes – Even with the power of intention, you will make mistakes. We all do. Learning from the mistakes and getting back on the right path makes all the difference.
You can make mistakes even when you’re following a structured plan. On our trip to Hana, we took many wrong turns. The map was hard to read. Those wrong turns turned out to have some gorgeous scenery.
After enjoying the views, we turned around and continued the journey. We didn’t let something small, like a wrong turn, dissuade us from continuing our journey. The power of intention was strong in us. We had to push on.
5. Celebrate your successes – If you’re intention is to only reach the goal, you will likely realize that once you reach the goal, it does not give you the fulfillment you thought it would. You’ll need something else to strive for.
However, if you celebrate each small success on your journey, the goal will not be near as important. Celebrate when you reach your destination but reminisce about the milestones you achieved to reach your goal.
What can you accomplish with your life if you harness the power of intention?
You can find the love of your life.
You can enjoy your job.
You can get that promotion.
You can raise good kids.
You do be happy.
You can do anything.
Start being intentional today. Figure out one thing you really desire and start down the path. Believe it’s possible and take action.