I invite you to imagine a vehicle of any sort. It could be a car, truck, van, hovercraft, plane, motorcycle or anything. What makes these vehicles go? Fuel and an engine. In our own lives, motivation – our reasons why - is the fuel and intention is the engine.
Consider days that you wake up with an intention or purpose for your day. You have a clear idea of what needs to be done and you set out to do it. Now consider days that have no intention or set purpose. What is the difference between those two days in your experience?
In general, on a day where you have a set intention more tends to get accomplished. Now don’t get me wrong, having free-flowing days are a great source of self-care. What I am talking about here is more the idea that things will happen without an intention or plan.
What do I mean by intention? Intention is an aim or plan, or what you mean to do. Interestingly enough intention is also a medical term for the process of a wound healing! In some thought systems, intention is where we focus our energy and focus, so going back to the idea of having a purpose, focus or aim. Wayne Dyer has a great quote that states, “Energy Flows Where Intention Goes”.
Like anything, the more detail and attention to put into your intention the more likely it is to come to reality. Just like an engine, it can be extremely complex or fairly straight forward. The necessity for each can be defined by what the actual destination is, the cost in energy that you want to spend on it. I will admit now that I am not a mechanic as my younger brother can attest to, but it is not hard to illustrate the idea of a life long ultimate intention as being the jet engine of intentions and doing self-care each day as the go-cart engine of intentions. Those ultimate intentions will take time to develop, vision and plan. It requires a significant investment in time and resources to fulfil. The daily intentions would require a few sketches and drawing on existing resources to bring together to make them happen.
Both intentions will get you somewhere, but the jet engine can take you around the world. The go-cart one may take you around the concession.
OK, I will drop the engine metaphors. Consider this though. If you want things to happen in your life that far more can happen if you take a moment or longer to think about what it is you want. What does that look like, what would change if this took place? Go into as much detail as possible and create that vision. Once the vision is complete you have something for your intention to anchor to as you work through your day. You will be amazed at the progress you get.
So, rev your engines and set your intentions!
If you need help with getting int the practice of creating and visioning your intentions, contact me.