The Power of Intentions: Align Your Life with Your Deepest Values!!

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Updated: August 23, 2010

values2What would it be like if you didn’t measure the success of your life just by what you get and don’t get, but gave equal or greater priority to how aligned you are with your greatest values?

So many of have been taught to measure our success through the accomplishment of goals. As a result, we get stuck on a goal-driven rollercoaster, feeling the highs when we accomplish something and the lows and frustrations when things don’t go as we plan. The problem is that goals don’t fulfill you on an ongoing basis; they either lead to more and more goals or crumble apart, leaving you to feel like you failed. While goals give you excitement and highs and lows, intentions provide you with enduring self-respect, purpose, and peace of mind.

Setting intentions is very different than goal making because it’s not focused on a future outcome. Rather, it’s a process that is focused on how you are being in the present moment. Your attention is on the “now.” The now is where ALL your power is.

Intention isn’t something you do, but rather a force behind everything in the Universe; it’s what makes an acorn a tree, causes the sun to rise, and gives us life. Intention is part of what I call the All That Is, the vast web of energy that flows through our Universe. This energy is always creating and is kind, loving, and inclusive. When you align yourself with that source—that intention—you tap into the profound power of the Universe. With intention, you also connect with your intuition and Spirit’s guidance for your highest good. In other words, with pure intentions, you step onto your highest path.

rootsThe most powerful intentions are grounded in your greatest values and purest desires. Many of us have been taught to treat intentions like goals and thus “intend” for a new car, more money, and so on. I used to do this myself when I first started working with intentions. But, ultimately, the best intentions are based on understanding of what matters most to you, such as love, kindness, reverence, and making a difference. You must make a commitment to align your worldly actions with your inner values.

It’s also important to consider the underlying emotions behind your intentions. For example, I recently had a client who wanted to know why she still hadn’t met the right partner even though she kept intending to have an amazing relationship. The problem was the emotions underlying her intention were grounded in wanting to gain approval outside of herself. I encouraged her to examine those emotions and set a new intention to love and approve of herself. Other common emotions that undermine intentions are manipulation, desperation, judgment, and fear.

Remember, intentions are a force behind everything in the Universe. If you want to tap into the power of that force and attract what’s in your highest good, then it’s important to ground your intentions in your deepest values.

Exercise:

What are your life intentions? Make a list of intentions that reflect your deepest values and desires. Remember to pay attention to underlying emotions and motivations. Create a list of your purest life intentions and read it each day.

For example, here are some of my favorite intentions:

I create my own happiness and nourish my soul.

I consciously choose thoughts and behaviors that create value and peace.

I love, value, and respect myself, others, and the world around me.

Set a daily intention: This week, make a habit of setting an intention when you wake up each morning. Ask yourself, “What do I need now? What is in my highest good today?” Use your intuition to get your answer and then set your intention to reflect it. Here are some examples:

Today, I am happy and light.

Today, I live in the present.

Today, I nurture my relationships and talk to new people.

Today, I trust my intuition above all else.

What are your favorite intentions? Please share them with all of us!

In service and love,

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