Intention is one with cause and effect. Intention determines outcome. If you‘re stuck check the thought and action that created the circumstance.
What if I told you that there was a simple trick that you could use that would dramatically increase your chances of reaching any goal you’ve set for yourself?
How about if I said that YOU (yes, you) have the immense power to practically guarantee that your efforts work out in your favor?
I hope you’re still on board because the power to achieve your goal lies in a simple but magically concept: intention.
“Intention is one with cause and effect. Intention determines outcome. And if you are stuck and not moving forward, you have to check the thought and action that created the circumstance.” — Oprah Winfrey
What Is Intention?
Intention is the mechanism that shapes every outcome, whether you are aware of it or not.
When you have set your intention to achieve of goal, all of your actions point towards that goal. Your intentions need to match your actions. It’s not actions over intentions, but instead, your intention should define your actions.
If you choose not to set an intention, you’ll still be manifesting one… it just might not be the one you had hoped for.
Intention works whether you’re thinking about it or not, so it’s better to get in front of it so that you control the destination.
Basically, intention is the destination you put into the GPS and your actions are the route. If you choose to ignore your GPS or put in the wrong destination, you won’t reach your desired place. In this way, it is intention vs consequences.
As long as you have the right destination in the GPS, and you follow directions, you can not go wrong! Which means, in the battle of intention vs outcome, you can rig the contest.
The more aware of your intentions and your experiences you become, the more you will be able to connect the two, and the more you will be able to create the experiences of your life consciously. This is the development of mastery. It is the creation of authentic power. — Gary Zukav
In her amazing blog post Lyneisha Watson writes, “What if I decided to be open to what life had for me? What if I decided to feel worthy of my dreams? All I saw was my fabulous life, yet I didn’t believe I was worthy of living that life. And from the beginning all I put into my desires was fear and worry. That was a poor place to try and manifest from: wanting, fearing, and worrying.
Your outcome will be clear from the beginning because it will be whatever you are putting into your desire at that moment!”
How Do I Use It?
In order to use intention to your benefit, you need to analyze yourself.
Ask yourself the following:
- What am I currently doing and where does this lead?
2. Where am I now in life and how did I get here?
3. Where do I want to be in life? What do I need to be doing to get where I want to go?
Once you’ve asked yourself these questions, think about how you can better serve your goal and intention. Break it down into actionable steps.
What is your intention for today and what concrete actions can you take to make it a reality?
Think about how this intention plays into a larger goal. Question if consequences are more important than decisions or if there are indistinguishably linked.
By taking small actions that align with your overall intention, you will move closer and closer to your goal.
Wishful thinking may be easy, but setting an intention and working towards achieving your goal is much better in the long run.
DJ Jeffries is a self-proclaimed “intrapreneur” and entrepreneur with an obsession for challenging the status quo. A graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he’s been awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Fellowship, the University Innovation Fellowship (through Stanford University) and the Richard B. Fisher Fellowship (Morgan Stanley). He is the founder and editor of http://Led2win.com , an online motivation publication, the host of the Hacking Happiness podcast, and is currently an HR Transformation Associate at Morgan Stanley.