If intentions are so powerful, why don’t they always pan out? What if you swear you want to make more money, your intent is sincere, your desire is strong, but try as you might, your paycheck remains paltry?
If this is the case, it’s for this reason: You get what you want, not what you ask for. The distinction is critical.
When a buried intention—say, to be comfortable—is stronger than your spoken one—to be profitable—you’ll stop yourself at every turn. You may say, and believe, you want to make more, but that’s not the message that’s reaching your brain.
If you’re not getting it, for whatever reason, chances are you may not want it. Or as A Course in Miracles explains: “What you ask for, you receive. But this refers to prayers of the heart, not the words you use in praying.”
I guarantee, setting a powerful intention and committing to it can make a big difference in how financially successful you actually become.
So how do you set a powerful intention? Here are 4 tips:
- Be clear on where your intention stems from—Fear or Love. Let’s say your intention is to raise your fees. Is it because you’re afraid of becoming a bag lady or because you love the freedom that money will give you? If it’s fear based, you’ll want to consciously shift into seeing it through the eyes of love.
- Ask yourself: Why do I want it? Connect your intention with the feeling you want it to give you. It’s never the thing you want that motivates you. It’s how you want to feel. What is the feeling you want the money or the new job to give you. Freedom? Security? Happiness? Ease? Self-Worth? The Why is what keeps you going when the going gets tough.
- Let go of the outcome. Don’t try to force your intention into being. Rather, create an affirmation, adding these words: ‘this or something better.’ Sometimes the Universe has bigger plans for you than you could ever imagine.
- Expect your intention to materialize. Neuroscientists have proven that expectations profoundly influence how your brain sees the world and thus how you behave. So, act and talk and feel as if your intention is on its way, as if it’s a done deal. Another way to put it: “Give gratitude for what hasn’t happened yet.”
What’s your experience with intention setting? Leave me a comment below.