Does your bowl feel too small today? “Intention: the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose” — Merriam Webster
Often, I see people in all walks of life hold back, fearful of the potential outcomes of their actions, uncertain of what to do next, and frankly: A bit stuck. Or even a LOT stuck!
Often, this stuckness is equal to reeling around in circles, akin to walking through mud. Like a fish in a bowl that has become too small but without the ability to find it’s way into a new, larger bowl.
This lack of direction (aka intention) drains confidence, and makes it difficult to speak about business, to sell or to have the conversations that make our relationships work.
Intention is the starting point of every dream. Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention. When I decide to buy a birthday present, wiggle my toes, or call a friend, it all starts with intention. Likewise, if I want to be successful in my business or to make changes to my situation or outcomes, it will start with an intention. If I want to win a new piece of business, sign up a new client, make a speech, tell my boyfriend I love him or end a relationship – Yes, you got it. It all starts with an intention.
To create an intention is to clarify what we want to achieve: in a moment, a day, a lifetime. This act is deceptively simple but deeply powerful.
An intention is a guiding principle for how you want to be, live, and show up in the world. It defines what matters most to you. It creates a guiding compass to guide your actions as you move through every day.
Feeling stuck in a too small bowl is a symptom of not having a clear understanding of what the intention is.
But remember, we can also set negative intentions. We may not even have to verbalise them – Fear and indecision are powerufl creators of negative intentions. And guess what happens with negative intentions? They still guide our actions and our choices to the outcomes we expect. So expectingp ositive things are far more constructive!
Why do we need to set positive intentions?
By setting an intention for our business and/or our life, we suddenly know how to measure our day. We connect with the goal behind the goal.
I don’t think any of us just want to “work.” We actually want to achieve a feeling of security, achievement, success and making a difference.
So connecting with your intention bypasses the noise, and focuses your power in a way that makes your actions more meaningful.
If we don’t pause to make our actions meaningful, then we end up doing a lot of work without a goal in mind. The result of that is exhaustion with no payoff. And spinning our wheels because we THINK we’re supposed to be doing a whole lot, in this modern society that overvalues “busy-ness.”
If we don’t stop to ponder what we want to achieve, then our days — our lives! — just slip away.
So perhaps it may be time for you to take some time to reset your intentions and decide how to get into a bigger bowl.
Send me an email to tell me what your intentions are. Or if you struggle to set them. It’s time to get out of your too-tight bowl. You deserve it!
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