Victoria wants to stay sober. She has quit before, only to relapse. This time, however, she’s got a young child counting on Mommy to “get better” and return from rehab.
Travis wants a long-term relationship. Content for years to be a “lady’s man,” he recently recovered from a life-threatening illness and is now clear that he is ready for a lifelong partner.
Doug wants to feel happy again. Under the weight of a huge personal and marital crisis last summer, he became depressed and withdrawn. He is not sure whether his marriage will make it, but he knows he wants to get back to his old happy and positive self.
The common but invisible thread that connects these three people is this: Each person has actually declared an intention, rather than wistfully wishing for things to be different.
“Conscious change is brought about by the two qualities inherent in consciousness: attention and intention,” writes Deepak Chopra in Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. What you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life. Intention, on the other hand, triggers transformation of energy and information. Intention organizes its own fulfillment.”
When you declare an intention, you gain the support of your subconscious mind. Here are some suggestions for how to work with intentions in order to bring what you need into your personal and professional life.
• Get clear on what you want and why. It’s not enough to know what you don’t want. You can’t get what you want until you know what that is. Steven Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People writes that all things are created twice. “There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things.”
•Imagine it. Visualize it happening. “Your imagination creates the inner picture that allows you to participate in the act of creation,” writes Dr. Wayne Dyer in his best-selling book The Power of Intention. “Your willpower is much less effective than your imagination, which is your link to the power of intention.”
•Be open to the possibilities. Exercise, eat healthy, play and relax. Stress, exhaustion, anxiety, etc., interfere with the “frequencies” of what you want more of in your life.
•Take action. Intention isn’t about sitting back and waiting for it all to come to you. For example, Victoria enrolled herself in a rehab program; Travis became involved with a social organization and took relationship classes to overcome his fear of dating; Doug began working with a therapist to examine the feelings of emptiness that led to his depression. When we commit to an intention by taking action, it’s often surprising how quickly our intentions are realized.
•Surrender control. This means to let go and trust. Let go of the particular way in which things will happen. Let go of fear, doubt, worry and disappointment. Let go of the struggle and your need to control. Trust that the outcome will be just right.
What are your intentions? How are you taking action? When you open your heart and mind to the possibilities your intentions can become reality.
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