Power of Intentions & How They Can Help Transform Your Life – Self Development Tips
Years before I heard about The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, or Law of Attraction, I heard about intentions. At first, I undervalued them as just another way to say affirmations. I loosely practiced setting an intention each day. Then, I started noticing getting exactly what asked for. As an example, I set my intention to be pleasantly surprised around money and love. Later that day my client sent $300.00 to me to thank me for all the work I’d been doing for him. Then, my boyfriend surprised came home and was showering me with love more than usual.
I quickly realized through the practice of setting regular intentions, I was reaching my goals at an even faster rate. I started playing with them. I would playfully say I wanted someone to call me Beautiful. Next thing I know, several people are referring to me as Beautiful. You get the picture.
Proof That Intentions Work!
According to Dr. Jeffrey Utz, Neuroscience, pediatrics, Allegheny University, different people have different percentages of their bodies made up of water. Babies have the most, being born at about78%. By one year of age, that amount drops to about 65%. In adult men, about 60% of their bodies are water.
This is good news for us! We are a container of water that is 60% full so what we think changes our cells instantly. It can be that simple.
The Difference Between Goals & Intentions
Let’s say you want to go to Manhattan but you start in Brooklyn. Manhattan is our goal or end result. You get a cab get inside and tell the cab driver to drive. You know you want to end up in Manhattan and that is clear. Now all you have to do is lean back and wait until you get there. You could be picturing in your mind all the things you want to do when you get there and how great it will be.
The only problem is you did not tell the cab driver where you want to go. You just got in and told him to drive. You may have told him you’d really like to see Manhattan one day, but this is vague. We want to be specific.
When we use intentions, we are stating what we want to happen each day. It allows our driver to take the fastest route to our destination. It allows our Universe to get behind us and help us get there. Without intentions, we are just getting in and allowing ourselves to go on a ride. We do not know where we will go along the way, or how long the ride will take. We could very quickly end up in a place we really don’t want to be.
Once the driver knows where we would like to go, we can let it go and enjoy the scenery, knowing we are on our way.
We can play with it. Some days my intentions are general like, “I am easily creating feeling happy today.” Other days is could be, “I am easily creating getting hired for this job on the spot.” Another one I really like is, “I am easily creating gentleness and ease in all that I do.” There are so many brilliant examples. I have included more examples below.
I am easily creating
- My day going smoothly
- Receiving money today
- Being pleasantly surprised
- Feeling more love and compassion
- Getting a raise
- Accomplishing a new task
- Gentleness in all that I do
- Transformational insight coming to me
Affirmations are slightly different than Intentions. Affirmations are repeated to change a limiting belief we have. They replace negative self-talk at a conscious level. We will talk later about conscious level versus unconscious level. Affirmations are presented from a conscious level and through enough repetition, we are able to replace the negative programming we tell ourselves and have received from others.
We use affirmations like we are listening to a broken record, skipping on the same phrase. Our negative self-talk has no room to speak and eventually our subconscious mind starts to believe the new statements. With hypnosis, this can happen even faster, but affirmations are effective in breaking a habit. If we stop putting garbage into our mind, we will stop getting garbage for results. Then we quickly become aware of where some of the undesirable life situations are coming from. More on that later too.
Hopefully, now you can see a clear difference between intentions and affirmations. I have listed a few examples of useful affirmations below. Then I will explain how we use them.
- I am a good person
- I love myself and others
- I forgive myself and others
- I am beautiful or handsome
- I radiate youth
- I am getting younger
- I am confident
- I am worthy of all good things
- I make more money than I spend
- I am abundant
- I have more than enough
- I am enough
You can use affirmations in different ways. You will want to repeat them regularly. You can pick just one and repeat it at least 9 times preferably more. I have listed a few ways to practice them below.
1. You can say them out loud while sitting with your eyes open.
2. You can write them down and read them in the morning and at night.
3. You can turn off the music in your car and say them while you drive (This is one of my favorites)
4. You can just think them silently while you exercise (This actually increases my endurance and stamina. You really get to see the power of the mind at work)
5. You can think them silently while you drift off to sleep.
These are just a few examples. You will find your favorite ways to use them as you continue your practice. They can actually become addictive because it feels so much different than negative self-talk. If you notice emotions coming up, know that they are working!
How Do I Use Intentions?
Take a minute in the morning to set at least one intention. Write it down and read it. Then, put it aside and know that the Universe is taking care of it. Try to forget about it and go about your day. So let’s get started.
Take a moment to get still right now and ask yourself how you would like your day to unfold. Then, breathe into it. See what comes up the strongest. If you have several that is fine too. I like to start it like this, “I am easily creating…”
You fill in the blanks and write it down. I like to do this because the subconscious mind can be more engaged. Also, I love to go back and look at all the intentions that have happened. It is fun to see how it becomes a Universal Bucket List, being checked off one intention at a time. It can be fun and is so simple. Enjoy!
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