You may not even realize it but everything you do is the result of intention. Intention is the basis of all of your desires. It is the common denominator between your goals and achievements, goals become achievements because of your intent.
It can be your motivation to make a dream a reality.
But with the hustle of everyday life you may start to do things mindlessly without thinking them through. You may have put thought into them initially but after becoming part of your routine, you’re like a robot.
And while this may seem effective with some things, like your pre-work morning routine, this can spill into other areas of your life, such as how you spend your free time. For instance, on your day off instead of organizing your closet like you wanted, you’re used to sitting down on the sofa wasting the day in front of the TV.
The good thing about intention is that it’s practical. You’re not trying to pull a rabbit out of a hat. This is because you know what is possible for you, and your intention works from within that realm.
If your goal seems far-fetched break it down into smaller steps so the approach is more practical and intention is easier to grasp.
Every action you take affects the direction that you are going in. Being more conscious about your decisions and actions will help you get to the next level in achieving your goals.
Get To It
For me particularly it was like a wakeup call. The semester before I was supposed to graduate college was very difficult. All these crazy things were going on.
A professor changed the course right before the first day of class with basically no notice. Another instructor was being an utter jerk. I was juggling a full course load with a full time job, which meant little to no sleep. Then to top it all off right before finals, I suffered from the death of an immediate family member.
That was the straw the broke the camel’s back. At that point I just wanted to throw it all away. Just abandon the few weeks left of the semester, the degree that was with my grasp, everything.
After taking some time off and getting away from what had become my chaotic daily routine, I had time to reflect. I realized that I hadn’t overcome all those challenges to just toss it aside.
I did what I had to because I intended on earning my degree, making myself and my family proud even if everyone didn’t get to see it. So I continued school and got that degree.
I just needed to reconnect with the reason why I started in the first place. What I wanted from it, my intention.
Realizing Your Intentions
Intentions are motivating. You’re more likely to do something if there is intent behind it.
When you have that feeling of getting it done it stays on your mind. By simply thinking about your intent you’re reflecting on your goals.
For instance, if you intend to tidy up your living room you’ll randomly considering things to get rid of and the next opportunity you’ll have to do it.
Because it is something you truly seek to do, it’s always on your mind making it almost impossible to forget.
So if you have something that is always popping into your mind, that maybe a good place to start.
Term of Intent
Intent doesn’t just have to be short term. As you’re reading this, you may start to think of things that you intended on doing in the past and have completed and may only coming up with short term things, like updating your resume or mowing the lawn.
But it can apply to more than just immediate tasks. Intent can help you in the long run as well. Think about college, you went with the intention of graduating in 4 to 5 years and starting your career.
If you already know how you want your life to be down the line your intent for that outcome can motivate you to take the appropriate steps.
In fact having different levels of intent can ensure that you constantly keep moving in a positive direction, at an appropriate pace.
You Ultimately Have the Power
Harnessing intent at different levels will increase your confidence. You will witness your growing progress and gain a sense of joy when reflecting on your accomplishments. Your swelling confidence will become helpful in getting to the next level and keeping the momentum going.
Your intentions are a reflection of your desires, a reflection of you. You have the power to control the direction in which your life is going. By exercising that power and using your intentions to make the right decisions you can follow through on them.
When you have intent for something the motivation is within you. It can be the spark you need to get going. You don’t have to go much farther than your desires for inspiration.
You can create and achieve anything when you have that feeling behind it.
Following through on your intentions on a daily basis can get you where you dreamed of being. Harnessing the power you have within can make the difference between a reality and a dream.
How have you noticed your intent has pushed you forward? What goal are you going to work on next?