This article is an extract of chapter #13 in Karl Moore’s best-selling book, “The 18 Rules of Happiness”.
“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Have you ever set out for a party, expecting it to be terrible –and it was?
Ever left for a party, expecting it to be brilliant – and it was?
You might not have realized this in your life yet, however the outcome you expect is often the outcome you get.
You wake up on a bright, sunny day, yawn and stretch your way out of a comfortable bed, and decide that you have a wonderful 16 waking hours ahead of you. And you have a great day!
The next morning, you wake to grey clouds and heavy rain, stub your toe on the bed, and decide that today is a bad day. And guess what? Strangely, you’re right again.
Here’s a simple way of putting this that you may not have thought of before:
Your intention sets your direction.
In other words, the route you plan out for yourself is most likely the one you’ll end up taking.
If you expect something great to happen, it often does. If you expect that things will go wrong, they probably will too.
Of course, the actual event itself likely won’t change. However if you anticipate a great party, you’ll automatically filter out the negatives and set yourself in a mood to enjoy to the max. If you’re in doom and gloom mode, you’ll focus on one tiny argument in the background somewhere, and let it spoil your whole evening. It’s entirely relative.
Because your intention sets your direction.
This is really the principle on which the whole self-development community is current thriving. The Law of Attraction, The Secret, What The Bleep, Cosmic Ordering – even prayer. They’re all describing a convoluted form of this incredibly simple principle.
They hype it up. They give it weird names. They surround it with mystical ritual. But the core concept remains the same.
Decide on where you’re going and how it’ll be for you – and it’ll happen.
There’s a great line in Alice in Wonderland, where the Cheshire Cat advises: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”
So, the next time you go anywhere, or do anything, set your intention first. Make it clear that you’re going to have a great time, you’ll meet some fantastic people, and that it’s going to be wonderful.
Set your general intention every morning and every night, too. The brighter and more positive, the better. Remember to set intention with your dreams, as well. (Rule #12.)
Set your sunny intention – and you will be happy.
It will look like this: Intention Sets Direction