Harness the Power of Intention in 2014

Harness the Power of Intention in 2014

new-yearHappy New Year!

Have you been planning for 2014 by setting goals and mapped out your action steps?  Or are you taking a more introspective approach to pursuing achieving your dreams?

We can all agree that achieving all we want in our life requires deliberate action.  Personally, I am about living life more purposefully and with a sense of intention this year.  

Our thoughts have energy, influencing what we do and how we feel.  Thoughts can range from thrilling and expanding to immobilizing and restricting.  Here are some examples:

Thrilling:  “I am interviewing for a new position today!”

Immobilizing:  “I suck at interviews.”

Expanding:  “I have all the courage I need to nail the interview.”

Restricting:  “I am very nervous.  I am going to bomb.”  

Notice the energy of each of these statements. Although they are simply thoughts, they have a powerful impact on our reality.  They can even shape what we believe is possible for our life.  That is a lot of power, isn’t it?

How Energy Impacts Intention

I see an intention as a declaration of anything positive that we want to do or invite into our life.  It is a high vibration energy.  According to research, when we leave our thoughts to their own whimsy, they will roll downhill towards fear and worry. This is known as negativity bias.  The good news is that we have an unlimited supply of the potent, positive energy of intention. Unlike negativity bias, intention takes effort on our part. It is a choice. We are responsible for going within, connecting with our values, identifying our deep desires, and declaring them as an intention. 

Intention enlivens us to bring our hopes and dreams to life.  It helps us to focus and take more control of our actions.  It opens us to support and assistance from sources bigger than ourselves.  I may say that I am open to finding a position that fulfills me. I may not know how I might do this; however, it is not my place to judge if it is possible. I am only responsible for putting it out there and trust that there are possibilities that I am unable to see. I just need to allow it.  

Setting an intention is about self-discovery and growth—not success, guilt or failure. It should be a joyful adventure!  Unleash your imagination and defy judgment.  What bold step can you take today?  Or what small step can you take today?  Take a crack at it and see how it feels.  Change your mind if it doesn’t work out.  No big deal. What I’m trying to say is, approach intention with lightness.  Play!

Tips to Get Started

It is very simple.  To create a simple habit of intention setting:

  1. Start by setting an intention weekly.  You may discover that you prefer to do it daily or a few times a week later. Just notice what works best for you.
  2. Keep it simple. The most powerful intentions are simple. For example, “I am making a healthy choice today”.
  3. Make it your own. There is not a wrong way to set an intention.
  4. Take time to reflect in the morning or evening.  If you were able to to nurture your intention, celebrate.  If you did not, identify them and note that you are becoming more aware.  This awareness will build positive energy toward your intentions. 

What areas of your life could benefit from intention?  If you are not certain, use the following questions for journaling and personal contemplation:

  • What is one thing that would I would enjoy inviting into my day today?
  • What qualities would I like to exhibit more of this week?
  • What part of me have I been suppressing and how can I be me again?
  • How do I want people to describe me?

​Play with intention and approach it with lightness.

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About Online Biz Boomer Babe

Rachel Lavern is a Certified Business Coach and founder of My Booming Online Business--a blog for middle-age, global, uptown women. She is on a mission to transform entrepreneurs' finances by teaching the action set, mindset and skill set needed to get launched + make money.

Comments

  1. Great tips for starting 2014 on the right foot.

  2. Great post about intention. I have been working on my goals today for 2014. I am contemplating how to use the energy of intention with my goals.
    Wendy G Young recently posted…Happy New Year 2014My Profile

    • Living intentionally is a mindset Wendy.  It is a way of orienting yourself to your world through thoughts that believe without a shadow of a doubt in your ability to create whatever it is you desire.

      Hope that helps 🙂

  3. Hi Rachel,

    I really like the way the word “intentions” have really inspired people for the new year. So many have realized the are their own worst enemy and not putting so much pressure on themselves. I believe this is going to be an awesome year for so, so many of us.

    Have a great evening.
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  4. Rebekah Radice
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    Hi Rachel!

    I love how you lay out the power of intention. Living with intention or living your life on purpose requires work, but it’s so worth it!

    To me it also requires that I look at my life and business strategically. That I put goals in place and then systems around those goals to get there.

    Without intention, I and so many others, will eventually flounder. Especially if the right energy and enthusiasm isn’t behind it.
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  5. Joseph Miles
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    Hi Rachel, I like your blog. It is neatly done and fresh. Keep posting.
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