So what makes the difference between a wish and an intention? An intention is clear and focused and it has energy. When you state an intention you must state it as though there is absolutely no doubt that it will come through. Imagine if you went into a restaurant for dinner and when you placed your order you said, “Oh, I wish I could have the poached salmon on rice.” The server would probably be confused as to whether it was what you were really wanting or whether you were just fanaticizing about something that you, for some reason, couldn’t order. No, you would say, in a clear voice so there’d be no doubt or confusion, “I’d like the poached salmon on rice, thank you.”
You can add power to your intention by using visualization. Clearly state what you wish to happen and then see it unfolding in your mind’s eye. For example, imagine that you are going to present an idea at a team meeting. You’ve done your work and you’re ready to present. State the intention that you wish to happen, perhaps something like, “I am going to present my idea in a clear, compelling and confident way and have great answers to any questions that come up. The team will really like it and approve it. I’m so excited to have this opportunity.” Then close your eyes for just a few seconds and see yourself standing confidently, smiling around at the team, speaking firmly and enthusiastically. See everyone nodding and smiling as they give you the go ahead.
Start with small every day intentions and as you feel the power of your will, you’ll become more confident and even more effective in setting intentions. Don’t forget to express gratitude as you receive all the blessings you intend.
Choose five goals that you could start working on right now; goals that you’d like to bring into your life within a year. Write a clear intention statement for each.
Your clear intention statement should be specific, contain a feeling word, and be in the present, as though you were already experiencing what it is that you want to manifest.
Here are some examples:
“I am overcome by gratitude when I check out my bank statement and see a balance of $1,000,000.”
“I’m feeling great at 128.”
Are you remembering to be grateful? After you’ve done this action step, don’t forget to express appreciation for the wonders that you already have in your life.
Tell me about your intentions? What have you intended that has come to pass? How do you state your intentions and what do you do to stay focused on them?