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Creating intentions

What do most people do when they plan to achieve goals that scare them? 

They go about setting goals and objectives or channeling the law of attraction.

This is a good starting point, no doubt – but have you ever stopped to think about why so many goals and resolutions fail in the first place. If only it were as easy as ‘attracting’ things into existence. While the law of attraction is a powerful mindset – in our experience, emotionally charged intention setting can be even more powerful.

Setting intentions vs. resolutions

We published our first podcast over the weekend and I remember having this conversation with a friend about how New Years’ resolutions never work. When you set your goals, do you stop to think about how you will navigate through the practical and emotional aspects of your life as you try to achieve them.  People set these vague lofty goals like: 

  1. I want to lose 20 pounds.
  2. I’m going to cook healthy recipes.
  3. I want to run like Usain Bolt.
  4. I will never eat chocolate again.

Surprisingly, it is not necessarily a lack of willpower or commitment that causes people to fall off the wagon. The problem goes far deeper, but also has a reasonably simple fix.

The problem with such goal setting practices is that they are made in silos without taking into consideration the fact that we will be executing them in situations that are inherently impacted by a lot of external factors.

In fact, take a look at this metric from an article published in Inc. Magazine:

How to Create New Habits That Actually Stick

So, how can an honest, upstanding goal-setter avoid becoming a quitter before January is even over?

The solution to this problem comes from building a system of intuitive reflection, exploration and creation that can withstand the vagaries of daily lived experience.

So, how can an upstanding goal-setter avoid becoming a quitter before January is even over?

The solution to this problem comes from building a system of intuitive reflection, exploration and creation that can withstand the vagaries of daily lived experience.

Before you give up on your goal planning, let us learn about a more intuitive and well-aligned method for creating and manifesting your desired goals into concrete reality – creating intentions.

Setting intentions vs. goals

Intentions are fundamentally different from goals in one very important aspect – strong intentions are powerfully aligned.

An intention goes deeper than just writing your desires on a piece of paper. For those who can harness the insight, alignment and patience to engineer their internal and external world; it may just be the key they need to unlock a long-term habit of effortless excellence. 

That is not to say that a person with clear focus and measurable goals can’t accomplish the same thing. Rather, the difference between goals and intentions lies in how each is aligned within our lives.

  • Goals are focused on the future.
  • Intentions are for the moment.
  • Goals are a specific action.
  • Intentions are aspects of your life specifically to achieve the goal.
  • Goals are created often in silos.
  • Intentions are deeply in tune with our inner and outer worlds
  • Goals initiate the process of conscious creation
  • Intentions facilitate the process of manifestation.

Let’s dive a bit deeper into manifestation and creation – and how we can harness the power of intentions for conscious creation.

What is conscious creation?

There is a fantastic piece on the prabodha.com website that goes into detail about the Spiritual aspects of conscious creation. Some of the points below are inspired by this website. However, we have put it into a more practical format to help readers initiate immediate action.

We, as human beings, are universally conscious beings with wants and desires that help shape the world around us. Our mind is a very powerful tool that uses the power of manifestation and creation to turn our thoughts into reality. But what is the difference between manifestation and creation?

Manifestation

Our thoughts create the world around us through the power of manifestation. You attract what you think about. Positive thought attracts wholesome energy. Similarly, toxic thoughts will attract negative energy. In a sense, you do manifest your personal goals with the power of your thoughts.

Creation

We spend so much time in our head with our thoughts. Sometimes, we even forget that we possess the power of creation too. Creative power helps us form an intention and develop the will to manifest. 

Intention

Intention is the active alignment of purpose, direction and outcome. Ever notice someone who seems to have tremendous will power to keep achieving despite the odds stacked against them? That is the power of intention. This ‘willing intention’ moves power into action, into materialization, into creation. Creative energy is primal – the power that allows you to effortlessly manifest ideas into existence.

Think back to a time in life when you accomplished something easily that you had previously thought would require much more effort. You had the effortless momentum when creating a particular outcome – an essential state of flow. 

In this state of flow, your intention, purpose and creative energy are in alignment –  the desired outcomes manifest effortlessly. Like a giant puzzle piece that only you can see, awareness of these areas allows you to bring about desired outcomes through conscious creation. 

Creating intentions

We have developed a model here at Liftree on creating intentions, as it related to conscious creation and the intention setting process:

Reflection

Knowledge allows us to light up our awareness so we can notice the little shifts in our inner and outer world. By removing the cobwebs that separate us from experiencing our  authentic self, we are able to take honest stock of things as they stand in the present moment. The degree of knowledge determines the degree of power that exists in our thoughts, words, and actions and determines our capacity to manifest what we desire.

Exploration

Once we take stock of our world, exploration helps us consider different directions and outcomes to figure out which are most aligned with our lives in the present moment. This is to manifest expanding peace and well-being on all levels. Outcomes are seeing and identifying the possibilities and pathways.

The act of planning and goal setting to attract different possibilities never happens in a silo. In order to create authentic alignment, we need to act within the parameters of our unique situation, capabilities and strengths. 

Creation

After we have explored the different possibilities and come to a suitable desired outcome or intention, we can go about setting this awareness into motion by aligning our intention and will to create a tangible reality. Of course, no one has all the answers and there will always be blindspots that are only visible in hindsight but having a strong alignment, awareness and connection with our intended outcome can help us flow into the new reality – and even pivot with grace in a new direction if needed.

Setting goals and achieving them is fundamental to the success of any venture. However, cultivating a life of intention can help you achieve the goal with a lot more harmony.

Creation intentions can help you regardless of whether you are setting professional benchmarks or achieving personal goals by helping you come up with a mentally, emotionally and some would say spiritually aligned action plan to achieve goals. Intention and alignment can help you achieve a goal with a lot of synergy.

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