Intention: a determination to act in a certain way.
Have you ever tried to pick up a young child who has no intention of letting you do so? Until they change their mind, you won’t be successful. This is the power of intention. Even without a conscious understanding of this phenomenon, we all have harnessed it while growing up.
There have been many times where you had unstoppable intentions. Your intentions are your mindset. They are an internal commitment to affect a particular outcome. Intention is independent of knowledge, skill, or understanding.
Your intentions are part of who you are. They emanate from your core beliefs. True intentions are unstoppable. They are not extinguished by obstacles, problems, difficulties, or criticism. They are not dependent on convenience or good fortune. They are not based on the approval of others.
As an infant, you were going to learn to walk. Your intention was absolute and unstoppable. It wasn’t something that would be nice if you could figure out a way to do it. It wasn’t something you had on your list to do in the future. It wasn’t something you were going to try and then see what happens. You didn’t ask if other people thought it was a good idea. You didn’t care how hard or easy it was. You didn’t worry about what you were going to do tomorrow if you couldn’t learn to walk today. How long it took didn’t matter. You had no idea how much time was required because you had no concept of time and you didn’t have the ability to ask anyone.
You learned to walk because of your intention to do so. You had no fear of failure. It didn’t matter how many times you fell down. You weren’t deterred by the bruises you may have gotten from falling. You didn’t care if someone else learned to walk in less time than you.
As we grow up we learn fear and self-doubt that were absent at birth. We spend more time being taught what we can’t do rather than what we can. We learn to worry about what others think. How many times did you hear your parents say, “What will the neighbors think?” or “What will your friends think?” in response to sharing your intentions?
To this day, you probably have a bigger list of things you feel are impossible compared to what you believe is possible. This is not the way of the universe. The universe shows us the power of unlimited possibility of which you are the essence.
From a single cell, there was a miraculous intention for you to develop into the person you are. You are an integral being of mind, body, and spirit directed by your intentions. Your intentions exist in real time. They are happening right now in this moment. Intentions are not something you do in the future. Your intentions are the basis for your life. Without intentions, you have no specific direction. You are adrift like a cork on the ocean.
Intentions begin within you but then radiate out into the universe. They attract whatever circumstances and people are necessary into your life. Intentions are the foundation of the law of attraction.
Your intentions must always be positive. Any intentions of malice toward others will harm you. There’s no discrimination between the impact of positive and negative intentions. Each is just as effective in its ability to attract.
Go back to your childhood mind where anything is possible. From there, set your intentions. Decide on who you want to be and the path you want your life to take. Then, just like you did when you learned to walk, make it happen.
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