Set Your Intentions

Live the Life of Your Dreams!

On this 4th of July, think of the intention America’s founding fathers and mothers had…a vision of what they wanted…a country they dreamed of living in. They held their vision so strongly that they fought long and hard to create what we often take for granted.

What are your intentions? Are you where you want to be in your life? Our theme this month is to set your intentions and discover your purpose, so that you can create your new life. It is summer, graduation time, time for students to discover a new path to becoming who they want to be. Time for us to slow down a bit, and reflect on where we have been, and where we would choose to be.

Most people go through the motions of life without bothering to think about what they truly want. They simply accept what is, floating through life, and ending up wherever life takes them. Like the story of a sailing ship floating along without a captain, map, crew, supplies or compass, the ship will eventually end up somewhere… or nowhere. When you reflect on what you really want out of life, then you have the opportunity to focus your intentions, set your goals and become a co-creator in life.

When you become the captain of your life, you design your map, choose your crew, store your supplies, and set your compass. Then, you will get to the destination of your choice.

We all have a purpose under heaven… as the song goes… a reason why we are here. We can begin the journey of discovering who we really want to be by thinking about our unique skills, gifts, and talents. What comes easy for you? What did you love to do as a child? Are you artistic, athletic, analytic or academic? Once you are aware of the things that give you joy, you can set your intentions and begin to develop your new life.

In his book, The Power of Intention, Wayne Dyer said: “Act AS IF everything you desire is already here… treat yourself as if you already are what you’d like to become.”

Here are seven steps to help you set your intentions:

  1. Think about who you desire to be, or what you want in life.
  2. Get the image clearly in your mind. Revisit it every day.
  3. Write it down. Capture your desire in great detail.
  4. Act AS IF you already were that person, doing what you want.
  5. What would that new YOU do in a given situation?
  6. Perhaps breathe… relax, and gain perspective.
  7. Stay focused on becoming that new person NOW.

According to Napoleon Hill, the grandfather of motivation: “What you conceive… and believe, you can achieve”.  As you set your intentions, and take steps to develop yourself, you enhance your personal, professional, social, and creative skills. When you focus on what you truly desire, and set your intentions with action… you truly will achieve your goals and aspirations.

Enjoy the Journey!

Lois Hermann