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First, what is an intention? Here is a simple definition, from Merriam-Webster dictionary, the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose. I have been studying the power of intention, intentional segmenting and the art of setting the intention for about 2 years now. And boy, has it truly transformed my life.
The word itself has been misused in many ways while communicating with ourselves and in our relationships. This happens often because people often use the word very loosely. Intention is a powerful word and holds a lot of responsibility, especially now that I have experienced, studied and practiced this term. I take this word seriously.
What comes to mind when an intention has been used inappropriately, this happens when disappointment or a lack of follow through on a specific result has not been obtained. This happens a lot in misunderstandings, dealing with flaky, non committed people and people who are all talk and no walk. Pretty much full of you know what.
“A powerful and crystal clear intention is all talk and walk! Boom!” -Khristine Bognot
Here are some conversations we all have encountered. The excuses.
“But that was not my intention…,” or “I really wanted to be there for you but some stuff came up.” is a response that we have all heard one too many times. And by all means I am absolutely not excluded from this, I’ve been a working progress actually. I am totally guilty of mismanaging my intentions. However, when I set an intention, for example showing up, being there, and the result does not match the initial intention, then somewhere down the line my true intention lacked attention or was falsely intended in the first place. This proves that the intention was not properly set. This happens because people are not aligned with their words and there actions and also have not truly embraced how powerful an intention is. Because the right intention that was set will bring the result. Its like a matching game.
Intentions allow us to have some sort of control to an outcome, situation or event taking place in life. Adding attention to the mix allows for thoughts, feelings and actions to align and bring forth the matching desired result.
I feel daily living can easily be enhanced and we can all reach a momentum of achievement, impeccable follow through and wellness by simply understanding the dynamics of intention + attention.
The amount of attention added to the intention definitely requires commitment as well. The highest grade of intention and attention equals commitment. Apply this formula in some areas of your life, and I’m sure this will help in so many ways. It has transformed me and this process is not over anytime soon.
What to do if I cannot fulfill my intentions which requires attention and commitment?
- refrain from over-booking (social engagements, events, appointments, training workshops, anything that requires you to show up.)
- learn how to say no without any guilt or remorse
- commit to what actually matters
- create organization and weigh out options
- refocus to what your aim really is
- ask yourself how bad do you want it?
- course correct
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