How to set an intention that works: 5 excellent tips.

Setting intentions, or creating goals is a New Year’s task that is built on an older tradition of “making resolutions”.  Yet, in the wake of the information about “Law of Attraction” it seems to get more confusing rather than more clear, about what steps to take.

This short article will offer some additional advise that will help you choose what is most likely to work best for you.

First of all, let’s look at language. Does it matter whether you say “goal”‘ “intention” or “resolution?.  Well, it matters less what words you use but much more what your final statement looks like. Let me be more clear: if you have an aim, and it is very, very specific, such as:

By the 30 November 2011 I will have $60,000 saved.

. . . then this is usually known as a ‘goal’. It is absolutely crystal clear what you are aiming for (like the goal posts on a sports field). But it’s less important what you are calling it, than what it achieves.

Because  being very direct in your approach may lead you to unintentionally create problems in another area of your life. For instance, you may miss out on a holiday your health would benefit from, or an investment opportunity, because you are squirrelling money away and have none to spare.  Well, that’s OK if that’s what you  really, really want.  Let’s look at the issue more closely: –

Your goal might be to have $60,000 saved – but why? What do  you want that $60,000 for? To replace an old car? To purchase a holiday? For a retirement fund? To blow on a huge celebration?

Now you can see how the goal alone is not sufficient to encompass all the possibilities that may come to your attention, (and therefore into your life) if you were to state  your intentions rather than your goal. For instance, your goal may become an intention such as:-

“I now intend to replace my current car (vehicle) with a newer model that is affordable,  roadworthy, clean and reliable, and I intend for this to happen in divine timing and for the highest good for all concerned.”

You can instantly feel and see how you have widened your own field of vision and with that, you are now open to more possibilities.  Remember, “where your attention goes, energy flows”. Notice also, that relaxing the time limit allows you to feel more relaxed about it. This is important in manifestation work even if it is contrary  to what you have been taught.

Now, add another layer: how will you feel when you have achieved this intention/goal?

Safer? More comfortable? More relaxed? Will you have higher self worth? Keep asking yourself, ” what feelings is getting this  going to give me?”  When you have established what those feelings are,  I want you to notice them anytime you feel them – during any day or during any event -and pay particular attention. As you feel them, say to yourself:-

“I feel comfortable”. “I feel safe”. Do it as often as you can and make it a habit.

So let’s recap and make a list to guide the process:-

1. Get very clear and specific about what you want. Then take it to another level where the goal is more flexible and becomes your ‘intention’.

2. Write down your intentions and make sure you can see them throughout your day.

3. Share your intentions with others. The power of a bigger group ‘field’ helps to amplify what you are calling for, as does the actual, physical act of speaking out loud.

4. Add to the process how you want to feel when you ‘have’ what you intend.

5. Let the intention ‘go’ (in other words, don’t focus on it) and instead, stay focussed on the feelings you wish to enjoy as they arise.

Happy Manifesting in 2011.

  • Thank you, I have recently been searching for information about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered so far.

    • admin

      Hi and thanks for commenting,

      I’m really pleased to hear that you like my information. It’s based absolutely on my experience and I am still refining my explanation of it. My next post will include the dynamics of ‘passion and commitment’.

      Best wishes


  • Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn´t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.

    • admin

      Hi and thanks for posting,

      It’s great for me to hear I sparked an idea … the way I see it, you have to focus AND be flexible, because what happens and what comes to you may be outside of what you expected, initially. It’s about following the clues and being outside of your expectations. At least, that’s the way it happens for me!

      Best wishes