Intention Series: What is an Intention? Why are Intentions Important?

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by Jo-Ann Downey

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If you do not know where you are going, how do you do your best to get there?  Do you have the desire, willingness, and confidence to enrich your personal and professional life experience?  Do you know what you truly want?  Are you ready to allow your dreams to come true?

“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.”  Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

What is an Intention?

TheFreeDictionary.com defines intention as a course of action that one intends to follow, an aim that guides action, an objective.

Merriam-Webster.com defines intention as a determination to act in a certain way.

As shared in “When your Relationships are Good, your Life is Good”, an intention is a clear and positive statement of an outcome you want to experience.  An intention is a goal, or vision, that guides your activities, thoughts, attitudes, and choices.   Hence, your intentions influence your actual experiences.

You can set an intention in any area of your life- physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.  Although intentions start with a mental picture of your goal, intentions require focus, action, and positive energy to manifest.

Why are Intentions Important?

Intentions provide a framework for you to set priorities, use your time wisely, and align yourself with the resources you need to manifest your goals.   The process of setting and working towards your intentions declares to yourself, others, and the universe that you are serious about your dreams and goals.

A strong, positive, and energized intention is likely to repel that which is not in alignment with it.  The opposite is also true.  A strong, positive, and energized intention will attract the essence of what it is.

Intentions and Results

As discussed in “Choose Your Thoughts Well”, since thoughts precede every action, and action determines results…choose your thoughts (“and intentions”) well.

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.  Essentially, you will have a tendency to have the experience that you consciously determine is important to you.

Setting clear intentions also helps you to course-correct and be more balanced if difficulties arise.

“Difficulties indeed sometimes arise; but common sense and honest intentions will generally steer through them.”  Thomas Jefferson (1762-1826)

Setting intentions is key to manifesting personal and professional goals.

Very Smart Girls choose their intentions well.

You might also want to read “Intention Series: How to Create Powerful Intentions” and “The Secret Sauce of Intentions”.

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