The power of setting intentions

Intentions are a powerful tool that form a foundation of many of the accomplishments that you will achieve throughout your life. When exploring a new concept, I find that it’s always helpful to consult a dictionary to solidify the meaning of the concept. According to Merriam-Webster, Intention is “a determination to act in a certain way.” My definition of intention is deciding to change your position in reality. I believe that through using intentions, you can improve your life.

The concept of intention is most likely already familiar to you, whether you realize it or not. When you get up in the morning, you intend to follow your morning routine, whatever that may be. When I follow this, the small intentions always manifest. I intend to eat breakfast, and I do. However, before I actually go and eat, I must first intend to eat. This brings up memories of eating in the past, as well as expectations of what I’m going to eat soon.

You have to make your intention clear. Indecisiveness is your enemy when it comes to manifesting your intentions. Perhaps you’ve thought to yourself “both eggs and cereal sound good, I can’t decide on which one to eat” and then you didn’t end up eating because you ran out of time before you had to make your commute. However, if you had said “I’m going to eat eggs for breakfast,” you would probably be more likely to manifest eating eggs than not eating at all.

Use intention in exactly the same way for more important tasks. Intend on running a marathon. If you intend on running a marathon, you will be much more motivated to go running than to slack off. Instead of focusing on trying to run, and maybe sometime in the future, you could possibly run a marathon, focus on the end goal. Successful people put the end result in front of the effort to get there. If you do this, you will be much more motivated to push through the obstacles that are stopping you from your intention.

Intentions go well with visualization. If you want to run that marathon, visualize yourself training, going through the process, and running the marathon. This visualization will help you determine if you’ve really set an intention, or if you’re foolishly focusing on a mere desire. The difference between the two is that intentions are something that you plan on doing, while desires are wishes for the end benefit.

Intentions are like a promise to yourself. About a year ago, I set the intention of getting a new laptop. The laptop I owned was about 10 years old, weighed a ton, and was slower than a snail covered in molasses. The first step that I took was I began shopping around, trying to determine exactly which laptop I wanted to get. I looked at all different types, from netbooks to high performance gaming machines. About a month after I began looking for the exact laptop that I wanted, my brother bought a Mac Mini. Before that, I was anti-Mac. However, he showed me a bunch of the neat features that Mac computers have, and I thought that it was cool. I threw out the idea though, because I needed to use my laptop for school, and in turn, some Windows based programs. My brother then told me about virtualizing a PC on a Mac, and I ran out of excuses why I couldn’t get one. After a few more months, I decided for sure that I wanted a MacBook.

After determining the exact laptop that I wanted, all I had to do was figure out a way to get it. I knew in my heart, because of my intention, that I was going to get it. I didn’t know when or how, but I knew that eventually I would. This is where the law of intention-manifestation comes to play.

The law of intention-manifestation is simple to understand. If you truly intend something, you will eventually manifest it, as long as you are willing to put forth the effort to get it.

Your desire is the prize at the end of the road. In order to get there, you have to intend on getting the prize, and begin traveling down the road. However, there are many twists and turns in the road, as well as roadblocks. When you intend something, it will appear as though there is no way to get to the prize. However, your brain will work on creating clever solutions that will help you get past the roadblocks. If you believe in the Law of Attraction, then if your intention is strong enough, the universe will help you figure out ways to get around the roadblocks.

After I decided on which laptop to get, I began looking for ways to pay for it. I really wanted it before the semester started, so I put in extra hours at work over the summer. However, the extra work wasn’t enough to cover the cost of it. That’s when the universe kicked in. I received two grants that I wasn’t expecting, and the grant money freed up funds that I had already allocated to schooling. This allowed me to purchase my laptop, just in time for school.

Intentions are a knowing, deep down inside of you, that you will get your object of desire or accomplish some task. Life may put up roadblocks, but eventually you will figure out a way to get around all of them until you achieve your intention.

I challenge you to set an intention, visualize achieving that intention, and begin down that road with roadblocks. I guarantee that the prize at the end of the road will be worth the effort that you put into getting that prize.

In fact, the road actually helps make the prize so appealing. If it was easy to run a marathon, everyone would do it. However, because it is difficult, it makes the end result – accomplishing your goal – that much more special and gratifying. While you may curse the road, it’s actually increasing the value of the prize.

– Neal

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