As we move into a new year, you might be setting some goals or resolutions. You know: lose weight, make more money, have that career you want, bring in a wonderful relationship. And those are great. I completely support you creating all the good things you want into your life. Go for it!
This morning, I was inspired to offer some simple tools to help. And it all has to do with intention.
Examining intention at every level of a decision is important. Let’s take losing weight as the example. What’s your intention for losing weight in the new year? Is it because you would like to look and feel better? Are you going to a class reunion this year and want to fit into a dress from your past? Is it because you have a health problem and losing weight will help alleviate stress and pressure in your body?
All good reasons and good intentions around losing weight. But …
Before you start on this journey, have you examined your intentions (perhaps hidden ones) for having the extra weight on in the first place?
Ask yourself: Could any of these unconscious intentions apply?
* I don’t feel safe so I use the weight for protection.
* It’s an unfriendly world out there so I use my weight to hide, so people won’t see me.
* I hide my best self behind weight because if I’m powerful and self-actualized, I might rock the boat with my family.
* I won’t be thin because he/she wanted me to be thin my whole life and I will not let that person have this! Screw them. If they don’t love me fat, then I’ll be damned if I will let them love me when I’m thin.
You get the idea. Before you start an action, I encourage you to ask yourself these kinds of questions. I truly believe that wherever we are in our lives is perhaps the result of hidden intentions that have been running the show. (And if none of this applies to your life now, ask your five-year old self. Because many of these intentions were formed way back when.)
Look at where you are right now in weight, career, money, relationships. If you’re somewhere you don’t want to be, ask yourself what could be the hidden intention that got you there?
Armed with that new insight, taking action can be so much more effective. Because you are creating flow instead of mixed, resistant energy. And along each step of change, please pay attention to even the smallest navigational adjustment and examine your real intention around it.
In this way, intention becomes the potent tool in which to steer your ship. When your intention is conscious and known, your life opens up and you start to make use of one of the most powerful forces of the universe: Momentum.
I hope this is helpful. I wish you a wonderful, thoughtful and kind 2017. Please leave comments. I’d love to hear from you.