2. a determination to act in a certain way.
3. purpose or attitude towards the effect of one's actions or conduct.
3. what one intends to do or bring about. (to resolve)
I once attended a women's weekend retreat in northern Arizona and one of the activities we did was to write down a Daily Intention for ourselves. I wanted my intention to be powerful in order to overcome recent struggles I was having in my professional life. My intention was not about something I wanted to have or achieve, but it was something I wanted to be. It was something that was missing from my daily life and I knew if I could overcome this behavior it had the potential to be a game changer, not only in my professional but also my personal life.
The Daily Intention I wrote was this: Today I choose to Be fully present and aware and to express gratitude for all that is ~ just as it is.
At the time I was struggling with such busy-ness and trying to be an overachiever, that I was not achieving anything other than being busy. I was missing opportunities that were right in front of my face because I was not in the present, I was always in my head thinking, planning and doing for things and events in the future. I would attend an event or meet with a client and leave the meeting feeling a bit in a fog as to what really even took place. I was thinking of responses to questions that weren't even asked yet, missing the present discussion. I was doing myself a disservice, but what was worse was the disservice I was doing to my clients.
This one little yet powerful intention changed everything. I attached the card I wrote with my intention to my vision board and read it a minimum of twice per day, as that was my regular habit of how I would utilize my vision board. But I found my intention stayed with me throughout my day. I started to practice ways of being fully present. I stopped doing two things at once. At first it was a bit of a struggle, I had to force my mind to come back to present reality. After time I found that as I was drifting off to la-la-land I was able to recognize it and with diligence I was able to snap myself back to reality and the present situation. I found myself making longer, stronger and deeper eye contact with people. I started to listen with my heart, not only my ears. I got out of my head space and opened up my heart space. The shift in energy I felt was such extreme joy and gratitude for each experience I was having. Things actually became more "alive" and my vision (actually off my senses) seemed to intensify. I learned to accept things as is, not how I wished they could be. That acceptance turned into appreciation, gratitude for the moment, the person, the opportunity that was in front of me, without expectations for anything more than what is. It really was an awakening for me!
To help you get clear on your intentions, I believe there is a strong driving force when we focus on the feeling(s) we will experience once we've achieved our intention.Yes, it is nice to have "good intentions" but if you want results, if you really want to see some magic happen, they must be followed up by taking action. All this clarity came to me from the simple act of writing down my intention. What are your intentions? Your intentions guide your actions. Living with intent is a way of recognizing what you want or don't want and then carrying out the actions needed to achieve your goals. Think of something in your life that you would like to change and then write down some powerful words - your intention - that will help you to have or be what it is you want in your life. Our intention creates our reality.