The Art of Creating Powerful Intentions

By Thomas Herold in Intention on January 16th, 2007 / 3 Comments

Intentions are indeed very powerful if they are created in the right way. There are a few basic rules you will want to understand, otherwise your intentions may simply evaporate, or even backfire. By backfire, I mean they create just the opposite of what you wanted.

The Purpose of Making Intentions
We use intention to guide our attention in a new direction, in order to create a new or different reality. For example, maybe you’d like to change your job. Most people would start with the intent to have a better job, as the old one doesn’t satisfy anymore. However, trouble may be brewing here already…

If you move on from something you don’t like, to something you prefer, you may deny your current situation. In order to make successful intentions, it is important to deal with the current situation first, and do some analytical thinking about it.

Understand that you created this situation, so don’t blame anybody else for it. Take full responsibility, and understand that you are the only person responsible for the current circumstances.

Do away with any judgments of your current situation, until you can see it from a neutral perspective. There was a point in your life when it was the perfect decision. Don’t compare the now with the past, as you have since had new experiences and gained a different viewpoint.

This is a common mistake in thinking; it is like a loophole in the mind. You jump from one time-line into another time-line, and then compare them. This leads to false conclusions. Besides that, leave the past; don’t reinvent it.

Evaluate Your Current Situation
If you look at your current situation without judgments, you empower yourself. Only from a neutral standpoint can you make a powerful new decision. This new decision will be based on deliberate intent instead of reaction to circumstances. This is where choice and free will comes in.

Now, at the point of being neutral, you can ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do I like about my current job?
  • What do I want to improve in my next job?
  • What would be the perfect job for me?
  • What would I like to feel from my next job?
  • What am I good at?
  • In which areas is this job supporting me to live my full potential?

Write down the answers to these questions, and start to craft a few full sentences out from your answers. Include all the positive points. Make these sentences as precise as possible.

It could read like this: My next job is exciting; it flows with me, makes me happy, and I am able to learn and grow with it.

When you are done, read it out loud. If you have trouble saying the sentence, or even memorizing it, then it is not ready. Simply take a few moments and refine it.

Overcoming Pitfalls when Creating Intentions
Intentions are formed in your conscious mind; however, it’s your subconscious that receives these commands and creates the necessary opportunities in your life. In other words, your conscious mind deciding on this new opportunity creates a new reality.

  • Use only positive words
  • Include a time frame
  • Remove negations
  • Be precise

Here is a simple test. Don’t think about a blue elephant! What happened? You thought about the blue elephant, you may even imagined it. The subconscious does not work analytically; it cannot understand words like ‘don’t’ or ‘not.’ It works mostly in images, sounds, and smells.

You want to avoid use of any negative words in your intentions. Always formulate your intentions in such a way that they reflect the outcome of what you’d like to create.

Example of how not to do it:
– I don’t want to have so much responsibility.

Better Example:
– In my new job I feel comfortable with my responsibility.

Including a Time Frame:
There is a difference between creating in your own universe or in the physical world. When you create inside yourself there is no time involved – your consciousness is timeless!

For example, if you’d like to change your attitude toward your boss, you don’t need to set a time frame. You can simply create the intention: I appreciate my boss, or, I value my boss’ viewpoints and beliefs. It will work instantly if there is no other belief or intention in its way.

When you deal with the physical world, setting a time frame becomes important. The physical world works within time and space. If you build a new house, first you have a plan, and then you move dirt, assemble wood, install plumbing, and move furniture, until the house is complete. It takes time and effort.

So if you make your intention but you leave out the time frame – your intention becomes doubtful. Example: “I am working in my dream job.” Well, you would say right away – I’m not. It sounds more like an affirmation than an intention. Include the time frame, and this example turns into: 6 months from now I am working in my dream job.

Pay attention to any reactions you have when you formulate your intention. Your mind may interfere and tell you: No way, I will never get this, or this is impossible. If you encounter these instant judgments, formulate your intentions differently, so that they feel more do-able. Sometimes you may want to break a big intention into smaller pieces.

For example: In 2 weeks I am a Millionaire is an intention that may not work for most people. However, an intention like: Every day I have more money to spend may bring you there.

New Years Intentions Vs. Birthday Intentions
Many people make new year’s resolutions on first night, which is a good thing. However, making them on your birthday is more efficient.

Why is this? A new year is an artificial point of time, it just means that one year passed, and is not related to you in any way – it’s impersonal. If you make your new year’s resolution on your birthday, it is personal, because on this specific day the sun is in the same position as it was when you were born. Astrologers call this point a sun-sun conjunction. It is a very powerful point in time, as a new individual cycle for you starts.

May all your dreams come true.

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3 Responses to “The Art of Creating Powerful Intentions”

  1. Twyla McConnell Says:

    I am an educator, but the organization and content of this article is one of the first of a lot of material of this nature that so succintly says how to obtain desires.

  2. Bechy Imes Says:

    I have just been introduced to The Secret and am so thankful to this friend that has opend my eyes to it! I have so many intentions is it possible to overload with good thoughts? I have already began to recieve my achievement as I was recominded for a promotion at work. I have a second int tommorow and she ended with, “How are your typing skills?” My old me started to panic the post reading The Secret me says I can learn to type in two days no problem!

    I came home and looked up a training site and after just a few times I am familiar with ALL the keys and typing you now without looking! The speed has not come to me yet ,but I know it will be here by tomorrow! I have all the money I need and can say yes to what my kids want at the store and not use a calculator! I am able to keep up with the house and be ready for company to drop in at any time! I am 118lbs and look great! Time seemed to stand still for me as I left the house for work Friday at 7:51 needing to be there at 8, I live 20 min from work and instead of the old Im going to be so late panic feeling I simply said I have plenty of time, I have plenty of time and I am going to have a wonderful day! I arrived at work at 7:59 with a smile from ear to ear!

    My coworkers thinking I was so happy! Just beginning to feel the power I have through the secret is an amazing feeling. Self esteem was a past issue but I do really see someone beautiful in the mirror each morning! Friday I also said two people are going to tell me I look good today there were 8 diffrent people and 3 said have you lost weight!

    I dont know what my actul weight is but I get on the scale every morning and smile dowm at the 118 I see! My family thinks I am crazy ,but I know soon it will be too much to chalk up to chance and they will be begging me to share the book with them. It is hard to remember all day to chase all neg thoughts away. I wany to remember to remember all day that I can change what may be going on that is not as I would like. Does this get easier as you go or are their any helpful hints to help bring you back to posotive. This is a complete 180 for me as I have always been a except that these things are just for other people personality and do the best you can. Now I know sky’s the limit for me too!

    I have a lot of past lines of thinking to kick to the curb so something led me to this site and it is so exciting to here from others that will understand that this is something to be so excited about and know what I am talking about! Is it normal for family to think your crazy at first? Sorry to write a novel ,but I am over the top pumped and havine fun typing!


  3. carlos hernandez Says:

    I read your article, and I enyoyed a lot plus I learn from your experience that I hope to have positive thinkings and make my dreams come true like you did.

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